The Waves

The Waves

Paperback - 1931
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Against the background of the sea, the author presents a group of characters from childhood to old age who speak in sililoquy, and we see them as they appear to themselves and to each other. In the end one of the characters sums up the effect of their lives as a whole.
Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Co. [©1931]
ISBN: 9780156949606
Branch Call Number: WOOLF V
Woolf, V
Characteristics: 297 pages 20 cm


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Feb 17, 2013

The writing is beautiful, the ideas are beautiful, but nothing really happens. I also liked how the characters would have insecurities that they'd fixate on but the other characters wouldn't really notice them about each other. That aspect seemed very realistic to me.

jaybarksdale Nov 17, 2012

My first VW novel. By page 20 I didn't think I could make it, but by page 40 it had coagulated enough. By page 60 I couldn't put it down, so to speak. Beautiful beautiful book.

acidflux Oct 03, 2012

This is probably Virginia Woolf's least accessible book. It's not one I'd normally recommend for my patrons at the library unless they really love Virginia Woolf's writing, or they love Shakespeare. The soliloquy nature in the way the six characters speak can make for a daunting read if you are looking for straightforward narrative.

I wouldn't rank it with her best, but I applaud the experimental nature. The way the characters personality and story slowly move over you, you come to accept the writing as normal and it eventually feels like you aren't reading six separate people, but one communal feeling. This is helped by their thoughts and recollections of the Percival character. Although he isn't one of the main six characters, you get to know him very well.


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