Woolf portrays the fascinations of self-discovery through
relationships with other people, and she also looks into the
intricacies of love--are we aware of love? What is the importance
of love in a persons life? Does one need it to be happy? Taking a
peek into the answers of these questions along with adding
delightful humor that made me laugh out loud made this book
terrific. The characters are interesting and you can choose for
yourself whether or not you like them. I would definitely recommend
this book--its many levels are enjoyable for all ages and both
Virginia Woolf does such a wonderful job of revealing the many
facets of an individual. In this book, she applies that task to
couples in love. It is a marvel that she not only identifies the
many nuances of a glance, a word, a movement, but that she also
conveys them to the reader in a perfect sentence. This book, unlike
some of her others, seems written to appeal to a broader audience.
It is easier than some of her other fiction, but is by no means a
bore for Woolf fans.
As in the other Virginia Woolf books I have read, what strikes
me first and foremost is the wonderful writing. The descriptions
are phenomenal, starting with the surroundings and continuing with
the characters facial expressions. Some of the passages are pure
poetry and the characters are beautifully and consistently drawn
out. Oddly, although we know that Katharine is beautiful, we do not
get a description of her, or of any other person in the story, with
the exception of William Rodney. Woolf became a little heavy when
it went into the minds of the characters who are in crises, but as
one reaches the end of the book, all is forgiven.
An excellent read
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