Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I'm Mrs. Dalloway

I'm just back from vacation and still trying to make the transition back into work mode. Not quite there yet. But I did learn that I am like Mrs. Dalloway. I feel a bit miffed that my life might seem utterly "bland and normal" to an outside observer, but that's probably true. Oh well.

I do love this book.

You're Mrs. Dalloway!

by Virginia Woolf

Your life seems utterly bland and normal to the casual observer, but inside you are churning with a million tensions and worries. The company you surround yourself with may be shallow, but their effects upon your reality are tremendously deep. To stay above water, you must try to act like nothing's wrong, but you know that the truth is catching up with you. You're not crazy, you're just a little unwell. But no doctor can help you now.

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Janet Clarey said...

I love the first line of Mrs. Dalloway..."Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself."

I was the Cat's Cradle...apparently I like to play games with string. So simple.

Cammy Bean said...

Kurt Vonnegut, huh. Apparently he wrote this book as his Master's thesis while at the University of Chicago. Fitting for you, as a grad student. I read Cat's Cradle in high school. Ice nine. Quite chilling.

Michele Martin said...

Welcome back, Mrs. Dalloway--hope your vacation was soothing.

I'm disturbed to report that I'm The Poisonwood Bible. While I loved the book, being described as both "isolated and schizophrenic" wasn't so good. Actually, the rest of it was pretty accurate, though.

Thanks for sharing. :-)