Virginia Woolf

Book Review

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Book: A Room of One’s Own

Author: Virginia Woolf

Year: 192918521

Synopsis: “In this extraordinary essay, Virginia Woolf examines the limitations of womanhood in the early twentieth century. With the startling prose and poetic licence of a novelist, she makes a bid for freedom, emphasizing that the lack of an independent income, and the titular ‘room of one’s own’, prevents most women from reaching their full literary potential.

As relevant in its insight and indignation today as it was when first delivered in those hallowed lecture theatres, A Room of One’s Own remains both a beautiful work of literature and an incisive analysis of women and their place in the world.”

Review: I’m glad that I read “A Room of One’s Own” first, as I feel like it got me up close and personal with Woolf and her personal views on literature. I could feel a humorous spark that she had and really agreed with the overall reasoning that she wrote about. The whole idea that women needed to have their own space to be able to write and grow, really appealed to me as a young woman waiting to leave home and have her independence. It’s easy to see, as she describes, that female authors were limited to how they could write and the focus they could retain on their work. Their homes were always being “invaded” and their peace disrupted as they would be expected to play host and maintain the home. Whereas men could shut themselves away in their very own personalised room for writing, and demand to not be interrupted. It’s interesting to wonder what women could have written if they only had the means.

Rating: 5 Stars


Book Review

Book: The Voyage Out

Author: Virginia Woolf

Year: 1915148905

Synopsis: Woolf’s first novel is a haunting book, full of light and shadow. It takes Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose and their niece, Rachel, on a sea voyage from London to a resort on the South American coast. “It is a strange, tragic, inspired book whose scene is a South America not found on any map and reached by a boat which would not float on any sea, an America whose spiritual boundaries touch Xanadu and Atlantis”

Review: After reading her speech first, it meant that I could then read one of her pieces after being introduced to the author. The Voyage Out, was a really interesting novel. I always admire reading about young girls finding their place in life and growing to become a woman, most likely because that’s where I am at the moment. It makes it feel like it’s a personal book that’s been written to appeal just to the person who’s reading it at that time. For me, so many of the quotes really stood out for me and at times, I felt so connected to Rachel who was struggling to grasp what love was and what it felt like.

Woolf’s writing just flows so well for me and I found that I could read it quite at ease. For a classic, it didn’t drag on too much and I never found myself bored of the characters or the plot. In fact, for a classic novel, I flew through it and reminded myself why it is always one of my favourite genres. I love being able to imagine completely what it would have been like in another time, and how easy it seemed to be to socialise and have a place within a home.

Rating: 5 Stars


I had a lovely time reading these two pieces of Woolf, and would recommend them to anyone! I’m so thankful that my Mum bought me this, after reading a list of books that every young girl should read before they get older.

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4 comments

  1. Have you read To the Lighthouse? A novel which, like most of hers, is modernist in the best sense. It evokes the transience of life and secular living when the old certainties have vanished.

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