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Between the Acts (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 12 Jun 2008
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'Together these ten volumes make an attractive and reasonably priced (the volumes vary between £3.99 and £4.99) working edition of Virginia Woolf's best-known writing. One can only hope that their success will prompt World's Classics to add her other essays to the series in due course.'Elisabeth Jay, Westminster College, Oxford, Review of English Studies, Vol. XLV, No. 178, May '94
Woolf's last and most lyrical novel, a playful study on the merging of art and life --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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A mysterious and introspective book, perhaps also a little depressing as the reader can, with hindsight, see how prophetic Woolf was being about herself.
The novel catches the thoughts, memories, loves and fears of a group of people over one day in the summer of 1939. War looms, it's in the air, rumbling like an approaching storm, but while the sunshine remains the characters in Woolf's novel focus their attentions on more personal matters - they gossip, they moan, they present one emotion on the surface while feeling quite another deep down; they flirt while simultaneously being too afraid, or two restricted by the conventions of society, to admit their love. Summer blooms, butterflies rest in sunlight, flowers in vases catch the light.
There is a deep love of nature in this novel and, I would argue, a deep love of England. While Miss La Trobe hurries her actors and actresses into presenting their play - a series of scenes from various eras in English history - for the annual village pageant the movement of sunshine across hills and through the leaves of trees, along with the sights and sounds of nature, all merge together to form an exquisite rural backdrop to the lives of the village inhabitants. It is the descriptions, and the fashion in which Woolf catches the fleeting impressions of her characters as they watch the play, that bring the novel to life.Read more ›
Less to be read for it's slight plot, this is more in the way of keen observations of world and character the appeal of which is brilliantly articulated by James Wood in 'The Irresponsible Self' where he easily rescues Woolf from the charges of preciousness and snobbery. Her house in Rodmell near Lewes is, I find, strikingly well observed she is a delightful realist as well as a close hewer to the free indirect speech pioneered by Jane Austen (as close to her morally if not aesthetically), the latter close to Joyce whom she, somewhat disingenuously, disparaged as vulgar. It is an exquisite novella in her habitual virtuouso style and delicious observations in pin-sharp phrases and almost rhapsodic interludes. If you like poetic prose, Woolf is the best and with a keen intelligence quite her own.
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I haven't finished the book as yet but the jacket is beautifully presented.Published 9 days ago by margaritte
Woolf's writing style may not be everyone's cup of tea but if you can get her writers voice inside your head you will be transported to the imaginary world she creates. Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2014 by Adrian Townsend
This is a complex story which reflex the life of a well to do family over one day in 1939 It captures their inner thoughts, reminiscences and hopes with the backdrop of imminent... Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2014 by Zimella
I've always been an admirer of Virginia Woolf's talent for composing beautiful sentences. Her word selection is so accurate and pleasing and her modern approach refreshingly... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2013 by Woolco
it was falling to bits and yellow not as described in good condition I like the story but not as much as rpevious books by the authorPublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by Fiona M