REVIEW: The Years by Virginia Woolf

It’s been a while since we read this for my Virginia Woolf class, so forgive me if I can’t remember everything I wanted to say about it. I definitely flip-flopped about what I felt about The Years–it was boring, it was fascinating, why the hell am I reading this– but by the end I flopped on the side of “really liked it.” My reading of The Years came immediately after The Waves. Whereas with The Read More …

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

After two wonderful Virginia Woolf books, I’ve come across something slightly less wonderful. It’s not a dud, and I did enjoy reading it (sort of), but it’s not at the same level as To the Lighthouse and Orlando. That confuses me, because The Waves is considered to be VW’s opus. See, my problem with The Waves is that I think it’s too caught up in its narrative technique. The story isn’t directly related through a Read More …

REVIEW: Orlando by Virginia Woolf

This was the fifth book we read for my Virginia Woolf class, and it’s the second one I’ve completely read instead of just pretending to. I loved it! I think I loved it even more than I love To the Lighthouse, though they really are two different beasts. (Note: I’m not sure if I have to write a paper or not about Orlando, so I don’t want to get too deep into an analysis (just Read More …

REVIEW: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

I’m taking a class on Virginia Woolf this semester, but I’ve been having the worst time with her books. We’ve read The Voyage Out, Jacob’s Room and Mrs. Dalloway. Or, well, we were supposed to. I’ve only read the first half of each of those books, even though I came close to finishing Jacob’s Room I couldn’t make myself finish, somehow. I think it’s because of all the deaths. I really hate deaths in books, Read More …