Clarissa Dalloway is giving a party. As she makes preparations she relives her life in a continuous monologue which reveals a disturbed and unhappy woman under the guise of a lively and successful person. A war veteran Septimus Smith is on the brink of madness and is nearing an inevitable suicide. As the party nears its climax these apparently detached stories impalpably entwine in a masterly study of human experience. Mrs. Dalloway is one of the top hundred English novels of the twentieth century. Woolf’s To the Lighthouse is another great work on the all important list.