I have been listening to an audio book version of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway while working on a sewing project. I have read the book several times over the years, and have seen the film featuring Vanessa Redgrave as Mrs. Dalloway several times as well. I never tire of this novel, and it always surpises me how I respond to it everytime I read it – it seems that I relate to something different each time, and I always find something that I didn’t catch on the previous readings. VW covers several stages of life in this novel, and interspersed in between these life occurrences is the second by minute by hourly moments that may pass us by and appear mundane and too ordinary for us to really take notice of…
I’ve always been drawn to Virginia Woolf’s work not because of what she is saying in her novels, but because of how she writes her narratives, and how she tackles her subjects in her unique voice and narrative style. This time I am actually responding to the story at a parallel level with the way it is being told (perhaps one of the benefits of listening to the audio version, where I can concentrate on hearing instead of reading text). It’s a great experience, to be sure!
And while working on my sewing my mind certainly does wander, like the wandering thoughts VW displays in the novel…yes, that interior monologue that goes on and on in the novel…it is similar to the one in my own head as I bend in to do a project that requires physical dexterity…
Phyllida Law reads this audio version… I love her voice, and it even reminds me a bit of VW’s voice, from this recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8czs8v6PuI …I love VW’s voice too.
A masterpiece of interior monologue…a perfect execution of mental dexterity!
across a painted bridge
©Jacqueline Harris 2016
Happiness is elusive.
Just when you think
you’ve got a good hold of it,
it slips from your grasp.
it’s as free for the taking
as the air that we breathe.
I can hear it laughing.
©Jacqueline Harris 2016
Chasing natural light and shaping shadows with my books Night & Day I and Night & Day II.
Just heard the radio guy say, “…art is how we decorate space, and music how we decorate silence…” Poetic, isn’t it!
Shadows are but extensions of the dark and of dense matter as they are pushed out by the light. To know the light, one must find acquaintance with the dark. Although the shadow may seem born of the dark, it is the light that brings it forth. The shadow can also be seen as a path that leads you to the light.
The following is a narrative of shade and light unfolding… Introducing Shades of Light, a series of four books that contemplates shadow and light.
In anticipation of experiencing a “strawberry moon” on the summer solstice, I prepared my tripod and Sony camera with zoom lens so that I could capture this rare occasion of a full moon rising on the longest day of the year. I had envisioned a clear night from which to take my photos. Alas, I could say that an evil system of clouds rolled in and obscured my fantasy of a perfect round ball of night light floating in the atmosphere, but can truly say that this cloud system actually made that full solstice moon look even more beautiful. I could not take my eyes away from the sight of this beautiful view, which did not appear from my focal viewpoint until after 11:15 PM. What a mesmerizing scene!