The Waves (Aziloth Books)

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Born into a distinguished intellectual family in 1882, Virginia Woolf became a leading member of the 'Bloomsbury Group', writers who eschewed Victorian formality and sought the re-birth of the novel by rejecting conventional norms and concentrating instead on what Woolf termed "the innermost flame" - a deeply psychological perspective highlighting the mind's attempts to translate experience into language and meaning.
The Waves is Woolf's most ambitious and experimental novel, ...
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Overview

Born into a distinguished intellectual family in 1882, Virginia Woolf became a leading member of the 'Bloomsbury Group', writers who eschewed Victorian formality and sought the re-birth of the novel by rejecting conventional norms and concentrating instead on what Woolf termed "the innermost flame" - a deeply psychological perspective highlighting the mind's attempts to translate experience into language and meaning.
The Waves is Woolf's most ambitious and experimental novel, focusing on how our personalities are moulded by our contact with others. Divided into nine sections, each symbolised by the passage of the sun on a single day, it follows the lives of six friends - all very different personalities - who themselves may stand for the several 'voices' present in our own minds. The untimely death of one of the friends forces the survivors to take stock of their own lives and the reality of death. In dream-like, lyrical prose, Woolf gives the reader a window into the thoughts and passions of these six friends, and the manner in which each gradually comes to terms with the mystery of existence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909735514
  • Publisher: Aziloth Books
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf
The early decades of the 20th century saw the rise of the “experimental” novel, and few writers had more success with their experiments than Virginia Woolf. Her innovative approach as a novelist, critic, and biographer made her an author who is even more widely read today than she was in her own time.

Biography

Virginia Woolf is now recognized as a major twentieth-century author, a great novelist and essayist and a key figure in literary history as a feminist and a modernist. Born in 1882, she was the daughter of the editor and critic Leslie Stephen, and suffered a traumatic adolescence after the deaths of her mother, in 1895, and her stepsister Stella, in 1897, leaving her subject to breakdowns for the rest of her life. Her father died in 1904 and two years later her favorite brother Thoby died suddenly of typhoid. With her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, she was drawn into the company of writers and artists such as Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, later known as the Bloomsbury Group. Among them she met Leonard Woolf, whom she married in 1912, and together they founded the Hogarth Press in 1917, which was to publish the work of T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and Katherine Mansfield as well as the earliest translations of Freud. Woolf lived an energetic life among friends and family, reviewing and writing, and dividing her time between London and the Sussex Downs. In 1941, fearing another attack of mental illness, she drowned herself.

Her first novel, The Voyage Out, appeared in 1915, and she then worked through the transitional Night and Day (1919) to the highly experimental and impressionistic Jacob's Room (1922). From then on her fiction became a series of brilliant and extraordinarily varied experiments, each one searching for a fresh way of presenting the relationship between individual lives and the forces of society and history. She was particularly concerned with women's experience, not only in her novels but also in her essays and her two books of feminist polemic, A Room of One's Own (1929) and Three Guineas (1938). Her major novels include Mrs. Dalloway (1925), the historical fantasy Orlando (1928), written for Vita Sackville-West, the extraordinarily poetic vision of The Waves (1931), the family saga of The Years (1937), and Between the Acts (1941).

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Adeline Virginia Stephen Woolf (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 25, 1882
    2. Place of Birth:
      London
    1. Date of Death:
      March 28, 1941
    2. Place of Death:
      Sussex, England

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Just read it!

    Amazing. This was my first Virginia Woolfe novel and after reading it she had me hooked. Original. Difficult? Yes. Worth the patience it takes to read? Very much. If u want to have to actually think and become actively involved in a novel this is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2004

    A Smart-Kid (yes!) who likes to read!!

    THE WAVES is a strong book from my point of view being a thirteen-year-old; I have read MRS. DALLOWAY and to me the two-books are complitly differnt. This book says alot more (maybe) because the thought, or dialouge--which is put in perenthasis--are strong, much like in the begging where they in-a-way discribe where they are at and what's around them--that was smart and realistic!! I like how she studies with not one or two charectors but six people! This is a good book that I recomand to a person that wants to close the last page happy, in shoke, thinking, asking, and wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    What a Great Concept

    There is no plot and no one complete character. However, together, the unique characters form a whole 'created' person (assumed by Bernard at the end). Percival is the false hero we all think we want and Bernard is the person we really hope to be. 'Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!'-one of the best endings ever.

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