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Mrs. Dalloway & I

Parted company this morning. Its just as well, as Clarissa is no friend of mine. She represents so much that I find irritating in other humans, her love of things, money, and especially societal position are triggers for my disgust. Not even the rippling prose of Virginia Woolf can open me to the charm her contemporaries so easily grant her,

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lifeinroseland
Sep. 26th, 2017 01:37 pm (UTC)
That's on my bedside table. I should pick it up. I was working on To The Lighthouse first. Virginia makes me feel so dense.
rosegardenfae
Sep. 26th, 2017 02:57 pm (UTC)
I hear you on the denseness.
olbuksings
Sep. 27th, 2017 02:16 am (UTC)
NOW you tell me, lol. I was about to ditch Ms. Woolf when I read her snotty and elitist comments on James Joyce's "Ulysses." At that point, my only investment in what has become The Woolf Project was the three sheets of paper I'd printed the Wikipedia article on. Now I've got the Harris bio and six more novels to read!

But I kid, lol. Even though I agree that her characters are every bit as annoying as she is, there is the poetry, the humor, the irony, the absolutely withering social commentary, and characters like Peter Walsh and Sally Seton to sympathize with us.

On the other hand, I'm as curious as you are about the turnout for this book club. If it turns out to be just me and the moderator, so be it. But if it's just me, they'd better still have the coffee and donuts, lol...
rosegardenfae
Sep. 27th, 2017 12:04 pm (UTC)
HAH :-) ... you had to find out on your own.

While Clarissa irritates me, I do love Sally and Peter and feel a kinship with their opting out of the high society BS. Poor Septimus and his sweet little wife broke my heart. I do appreciate Woolf's ability to finely draw her characters and, yes, the social commentary is awesome. This time period has been coming up in other areas for me. Recently started a mystery series set in post WWI Britain, and have watched a movie or two as well. Perhaps it bespeaks a former lifetime?

Donuts, oh yeah, they better have donuts. You deserve one or two even.
olbuksings
Sep. 28th, 2017 10:25 pm (UTC)
You know, I've gotta say, I've come back several times, just to read your entry on this, because it's so well put. I'm also intrigued by your speculation about a "former lifetime" because I've had those feelings myself at times. Chilling and disturbing ones at that because the time of my birth could've made me the recipient of the soul of a German soldier. It's not something that I obssess over and I was even a bit angry at myself, last spring, for having unknowingly blundered into a novel on the subject called "The Forgetting Time" by Sharon Guskin. It was an "international best-seller," but it gave me the creeps. On the other hand, I have a definite affinity for the period you're talking about and much of what I've read was either produced or set in those times. And, oh yeah, there were no donuts and you and I would've been in the select group who struggled at times but actually finished the book. A few details at my Dreamwidth account. Hope you have a good night...L
rosegardenfae
Sep. 29th, 2017 12:03 am (UTC)
Aw thanks.

It's difficult for me to define my beliefs because they tend to alter over time and with circumstances. But reincarnation is one I've held on to since the 70's when I began exploring Eastern philosophy. I read a great many accounts of people who knew intimate facts about who they had been in previous lives and it made sense to me. I feel that humans come together over and over to work out karmic debt and souls have "contracts" with each other that they hopefully fulfill in their earthly lives. Otherwise you gotta do it over.

Though I won't go on about it now, I think time is an illusion, is not linear and that all possibilities are expressed in the infinite web of the Universe.

What? No donuts, folks who didn't even read the book. Egads, I'm off to DW to read more.

Wishing you a great evening and sweet dreams - E
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