My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This novel is the interior lives of a group of six people who are bound together by the loss of a friend. It is beautifully written and strikingly insightful. Like the other novels I have read by Virginia Woolf I plan to read it again because there is so much happening here that I am sure I missed details that will come out upon rereading.
"Always it begins again; always there is the enemy; eyes meeting ours; fingers twitching ours; the effort waiting. Call the waiter. Pay the bill. We must pull ourselves up out of our chairs. We must find our coats. We must go. Must, must, must--detestable word. Once more, I who had thought myself immune, who had said, 'Now I am rid of all that,' find that the wave has tumbled me over, head over heels, scattering my possessions, leaving me to collect, to assemble, to heap together, summon my forces, rise and confront the enemy." (p. 293)