Our Books You Have Always Meant to Read series is back in full swing here at the Library. If you aren’t familiar with it, the series offers you a chance to discover, or perhaps rediscover a classic work and discuss it with an intriguing speaker. Past works in the series have included The Secret Agent, The Scarlet Letter and David Copperfield.
Mrs. Dalloway is, to put it mildly, an extraordinary novel that introduced many to a new way of reading and writing. But don’t take our word for it. Here is E.M. Forster’s take:
It is easy to for a novelist to describe what a character thinks of [….] But to convey the actual process of thinking is a creative feat, and I know of no one except Virginia Woolf who has accomplished it. —The Early Novels of Virginia Woolf
Still not convinced? Then how about this from the novel itself:
Quiet descended on her, calm, content, as her needle, drawing the silk smoothly to its gentle pause, collected the green folds together and attached them, very lightly, to the belt. So on a summer’s day waves collect, overbalance, and fall; collect and fall; and the whole world seems to be saying “that is all” more and more ponderously, until even the heart in the body which lies in the sun on the beach says too, that is all.
The days of librarians dictating what you have to read are long gone, but seriously, you need to read this book. And to appreciate the book even more, come to the library for a lively discussion on Tuesday night.