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For the mind and soul

It was weekend again and I was pretty busy, but I didn’t forget you, so I want to offer you something very interesting, a cure for both the mind and the soul.

First of all, it is a literary masterpiece, a book that I strongly recommend you. It could also be used as a training material for reading comprehension.

In the second place, it is all about a great novel of the 20th century, one that promoted Modernism and a wonderful film, that stirred up the audience in 2003 and won several awards. Actually, there are two books: “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf and “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham.

Mrs. Dalloway” is among my favourite books and Michael Cunningham did a wonderful work by using it as the basis for its postmodern rewriting, in which the author uses Woolf’ s biography: the moment of her suicide in 1941, the struggle to write, her married life with Leonard and life scenes from the 19th and 20th centuries, interesting characters and a universal theme: women’s fight to be independent in a men’s world.

Woolf’s heroine, Clarissa Dalloway is a woman trapped in a luxurious life that she doesn’t want, the single social role she plays is that of a great hostess, the lady of the house who throws big parties and takes care of her guests. The plot of the novel takes place in only one day, a day when Clarissa has to prepare a party and goes out of the house to buy flowers. The crowded streets and the faces of the people bring out a lot of memories from her youth, when she was in love with Peter Walsh, the man whose life she has ruined by refusing to marry him. Their love had been true, but remained unfulfilled.

The Hours” presents another Clarissa, Clarissa Vaughan, who is a career publisher living in 2001 New York. Her nickname, given by her poet-friend, Richard, who is dying of AIDS, is Mrs. Dalloway. Clarissa is also throwing a party,  but for her best friend  Richard that has just received an award for his poetry. The basic theme of the film is wondering if it is better to live your life for your own happiness or for the happiness of the ones around you, even this implies a sacrifice of your personal desires, dreams and goals. Life is all about enjoying it moment-to-moment, hour by hour…

This is an example of the many great scenes in the film:


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