While we focus mainly on Mrs Dalloway we also spend time with, and in the heads of, other characters, most memorably and shockingly Septimus Smith, a World War I soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mrs Dalloway was one of the first novels to highlight the difficulties faced by World War one veterans so is interesting to read for this reason alone.
Overall the novel is fairly bleak with its focus on lost potential whether that of Septimus, Peter Walsh (Mrs Dalloway's former beau who has not managed to achieve the great things he once dreamt of), or of course Mrs Dalloway herself . She used to be lively and vivacious but now seems somewhat dull and confined to mundane domestic matters. While it wasn't the most enjoyable read I am glad that I read Mrs Dalloway. It certainly gave me plenty to think about.
Mrs Dalloway was first published in 1925 and is my 20th century classic for the Back to the Classics Challenge 2016.