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The Voyage Out (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    Great for first time Virginia Woolf readers

    I'd wanted to read her novels for years, but wasn't sure I was up for them. This is a great first read, her first novel, in beginner's style, before she got too far out there. The prose is great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

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    'The Voyage Out' is a very interesting story about the education and growth of a 24 year old girl in the 20th Century. I highly recommended reading it in Barnes & Nobles edition specially to students like me who are beginning the American Classics because it contains very helpful explanations of historical facts or expressions of that time. It includes also a detailed biography of the author and an introductory explanation of the book's context which was great because I was unfamiliar with Virginia Wolf's life or work. Only with this help I could fully understand this extraordinary book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    A wonderful novel by Woolf

    The Voyage out is Woolf's first published novel. This shows through her timidity, and the style, techniques we are used to in her later novels have not developed, or concretely settled down yet. So it's like discovering a whole new Virginia Woolf that is so different from the one, we might be used to by her "Mrs.Dalloway", "Orlando" or "Jacob's Room". In it, there is a whole new thrill and excitement about this book that is very different than the rest of her novels.
    Rachel, the story's protagonist is just a young girl who is coming of age and is learning to break through her shell which she has developed by living in her own world that has the walls of a voyage ship. Finally settling down with her aunt and uncle, she has new experiences and builds new relationships in which increasingly pushes her to the path of marital bliss. There are a lot of tensions, social and political commentary and a great way to understand the England of the time and the different kinds of English women are portrayed in the book, quite cleverly might I add?
    Just as everything is going great for Rachel and her fiancee, Rachel who meets a tragic end leaves the novel with a lot of questions that even arises in our own modern interpretation of our own worlds that we live in today.
    It's a great reflective novel that which portrays so many different kinds of women, circumstances and ideology that it is impossible not to relay those reflections into our own inner and physical worlds.

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