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Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf

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Mrs Dalloway might be about everyday life, but the way the story is told isn't your everyday narration. The narration weaves through the psyches of various characters, with added commentary from an omniscient narrator. Add a bunch of flashbacks in there (the time frame jumps back and forth between London in the 1920s and Bourton in the 1890s) and you've got yourself a complicated story. Even today, the book is considered experimental and can make the reader feel a bit disoriented at times. But don't worry too much, we're all in the same boat, and we enjoy the novel just as much.

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