- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (3 April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099442167
- ISBN-13: 978-0099442165
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Haunted House: The Complete Shorter Fiction: The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 3 Apr 2003
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"Woolf was an innovator who redfined the novel and pointed the way towards its future possibilities" (Jeanette Winterson)
"Virginia Woolf stands as the chief figure of modernism in England and must be included with Joyce and Proust in the realisation of experimental achievements that have completely broken with tradition" (New York Times)
"Virginia Woolf was one of the great innovators of that decade of literary Modernism, the 1920s. Novels such as Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse showed how experimental writing could reshape our sense of ordinary life. Taking unremarkable materials - preparations for a genteel party, a day on a bourgeois family holiday - they trace the flow of associations and ideas that we call "consciousness"" (Guardian)
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A haunted house is a story of couple who are now ghost.This ghostly couple move around their house searching for their hidden treasure.They remember the time they spend together in the house as they move and search the treasure.Finally at the end of the story they find the treasure in the house.
I think a haunted house is a beautiful story of love and death.Virginia Woolf cleverly keeps mentioning the word "here" and "it" and "treasure" and all you would keep guessing is what they mean.Woolf adds a ghost perspective to the story and comes out with the meaning of these words at the end of the story.
I was reading Woolf for the first time and i think the story is wanting me to read more of her.
Honestly, I read the story twice to get the essence of it.
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It's crazy that my favorite authors are Ernest Hemingway and Virginia Woolf. His writing style is so minimalist, hard and true where Woolf's so descriptive and meandering. You have to dig for the truth that she's discussing. To me, I see the two authors as two very different sides to the same coin that is literature.
Woolf's shorter pieces are more difficult to read than her longer pieces, in my humble opinion. As I mentioned before, coining her shorter work as "stories" is a bit misleading, especially if you are not familiar with her work. Don't get me wrong, there are some more traditional stories in this collection ("The Legacy" is one of my all time favorite short stories and worth the cover price alone); however, there are a lot of pieces that are more impressions and reflections on a single moment than what most people would consider an actual story. These impressionistic pieces are quite short (some less than two pages) but require more time to read than some of the longer ones. That might sound a bit like reading poetry and maybe it is. As your eyes read and reread the same lines, suddenly the bigger picture comes into clearer focus and you realize that Woolf has just transformed you into a flower gazing up out of your flowerbed at passerbyers in the park. Neat, huh? Okay, maybe it's not everyone's cup of tea, but if you are looking for a little challenge and up for a bit of mental exercise, this collection is certainly worth a second glance.