When I wrote last week’s post “Not Yet Mrs. Dalloway“ – just so I would be included in the Read-along – I was only about 50 pages into my reread. I was leaving for a weekend away in the mountains of New Hampshire (with time to finish the book). Once back on Monday, I was able to enjoy all the excellent insightful posts collected from various first time and multiple reads of this interesting novel from all over the book-blogosphere.
The next Woolf in Winter discussion is scheduled for January 29th over at Emily’s blog: Evening All Afternoon featuring To the Lighthouse. I am so glad I decided to peruse the stacks at the library last week despite trying to interlibrary-loan it. I was shocked and saddened that according to the system, no copies of this in any form were available. Yet there it was on the shelf so I grabbed it! woo hoo – yea me.
I want to keep talking about Mrs. Dalloway! I’m rating this FIVE PIE SLICES this time around and I’m thankful for the Flashback Challenge for giving me the push to pick this up again. I very much enjoyed the beautiful prose and the imagery of the passages; I loved the sense of place and time; I loved being inside peoples’ heads and I was amazed at Woolf’s skillfully depiction of how current events and memories swirl together for interesting thought processings.
I actually intend to read this again. Not anytime soon, perhaps but in a few years? Let it fade again and allow me to experience a re-awakening to its charms.
But what I did do this past Saturday was click the Instant Play from Netflix.com of the movie version featuring Vanessa Redgrave. I really liked it.
Similar to my reactions and the intro to the movie Lolita*, I was struck by the wondering of just how are they going to film something that is so much inside peoples’ heads?!
It was well done and it fit my Saturday mood perfectly. I thought Redgrave portrayed an excellent Clarissa and she came off cheerier, I think. The voice-overs were a big part of the movie but not it’s main method for conveying the story (I was worried.) On a negative side, the conflict between Clarissa and her daughter’s tutor did not come off as hostile as it does in the book. I also did like the actor who played Septimus – he did an excellent job. Overall, a charming adaption for such an ambitious task.
HAS ANYONE ELSE SEEN THIS MOVIE?
I hope to re-watch The Hours film, someday soon, too. And a friend and I have agreed to read a bio of Virginia Woolf together. I think I’ve jumped into a project! 🙂
With that said, I’m off to go To the Lighthouse now.