I'm truly glad I put off reading any of Virginia Woolf's books until later in my life. I really don't think I could have appreciated this as much when I was younger. It's funny how I find Henry James and James Fenimore Cooper's descriptiveness tiresome but find it a stunning work of prose with Ms. Woolf. Her words had me feeling like I was living in one of Monet's seascapes.I won't say that this work was life changing for me but maybe it was mind changing. I've always loved good character interaction stories (It's why I love a lot of Japanese Literature) and this story is all that and more.I'm not ready to call Ms. Woolf a favourite author until I've read more by her. I liked but did not truly love this work. I just wish I had picked Mrs. Dalloway as my first foray into the mind of Virginia Woolf.