I think there’s not much to say about this. Talking about each piece would be a never ending story. I had a lot of favorites in this collection. Sometimes, her characters talked or felt the exact same things that I do, although she expressed these thoughts in a much beautiful way that I’d ever could (of course she did). And I like to remark this, because I believe is the first time that I could fully recognize myself in fictional characters. I guess she really understood my kind (introverted people).
This book contains several random works of her, some of them were previously published in journals and such, others were conferences, other were never published before. Originally, this book came out after her death, organized and directed by her husband.
Most of the essays are critic or reviews that she did of other books, and I’ve read none of those. Still, those writings aren’t hard or heavy to read and, if anything, make me want to get those books. What called my attention is that many of those books were about famous writers’ correspondence, and Woolf often discuss about their writing style, which made me think about my style and whatever we normally do while penpalling. It was definitely helpful and inspiring. Most of the time I spent reading this book I was at the train or the metro, and always regretted not having a pencil to underline fragments, and often made me think that I had to show this to this friend or that other friend.
I highly recommend this book, just to have a glimpse of her great, clear and sincere writing style.
One of the things I loved from this book is that Virgina Woolf accomplishes for her characters something I always wanted to do for myself: being able to record every single one of my thoughts in a certain moment. There’s very little dialogue written in this novel, and everything that happens is seen from inside the head of the characters. The whole novel occurs in one day, the one of Clarissa Dalloway’s party, but the reader is constantly taken from the present to the past and back, reading into the people’s thoughts and being able to reconstruct the story and the reasons of their present behaviors and personalities.