Virginia Woolf. Up until last week, unread by me. Now I can say I’ve read her, but am I richer for the experience? I buddy read Mrs Dalloway with a friend, which was a good thing because I might not have persevered without the back and forth chat confirming that my reading experience of Mrs Dalloway was not necessarily a negative reflection on my intelligence. Now, I know the style of stream of consciousness is not to everyone’s liking, but I veered from being utterly captivated to not having any idea what I was even reading. The narrative seemed to me to be mostly a red hot mess with shards of brilliance. I went into this novel fully prepared to emerge as a Virginia Woolf fan, so where did I go wrong? Did I start with the wrong novel? Calling all Virginia Woolf fans to enlighten me and recommend further reading. I am fully open to suggestions.
And on the off chance you agree with me, I’d take that too as a means of validation! Also, any other novels written in the same style that you can recommend? I wouldn’t mind experiencing more stream of consciousness writing as a means of exploring if it’s the style I have issues with or just this novel. I honestly can’t remember if I’ve read anything like it before.
Anyone watched The Hours? Is it worth exploring for context on this novel and Virginia Woolf herself?