She had a perpetual sense... of being out, out, far out to sea and alone
July 19, 2020 11:33 AM Subscribe
Jennifer Spitzer (LA Review of Books, 7/19/2020), "Me and Mrs Dalloway: On Losing My Mother to COVID-19": "This passage, which shows Clarissa observing the omnibuses at Piccadilly, seemed to me a classic moment of modernist alienation. I read this passage differently now. Clarissa has been transformed not only by war but by her own illness and proximity to death. War and pandemic have altered her perception, have identified the dangers in everyday living." See also Virginia Woolf (The New Criterion, 1926), "On Being Ill" [PDF], and her situational appreciation for "the worst" in literature during sub-optimal times, e.g. Augustus Hare's The Story of Two Noble Lives (vol. 2; vol. 3). Mrs. Dalloway previously.
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