The Waves

The Waves

Book - 1992
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The Waves , more than any of Virginia Woolf's novels, conveys the complexities of human experience. Tracing the lives of a group of friends, The Waves follows their development from childhood to youth and middle age. While social events, individual achievements and disappointments form its narrative, the novel is most remarkable for the rich poetic language that conveys the inner life of its characters- their aspirations, their triumphs and regrets, their awareness of unity and isolation. Separately and together, they query the relationship of past to present, and the meaning of life itself. 'A book of great beauty and a prose poem of genius.' Stephen Spender
Publisher: London : Penguin, 1992, c1931
ISBN: 9780141182711
0141182717
Branch Call Number: WOO
Characteristics: 240 p
Additional Contributors: Flint, Kate

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Mysticara7
Feb 17, 2013

The writing is beautiful, the ideas are beautiful, but nothing really happens. I also liked how the characters would have insecurities that they'd fixate on but the other characters wouldn't really notice them about each other. That aspect seemed very realistic to me.

jaybarksdale Nov 17, 2012

My first VW novel. By page 20 I didn't think I could make it, but by page 40 it had coagulated enough. By page 60 I couldn't put it down, so to speak. Beautiful beautiful book.

acidflux Oct 03, 2012

This is probably Virginia Woolf's least accessible book. It's not one I'd normally recommend for my patrons at the library unless they really love Virginia Woolf's writing, or they love Shakespeare. The soliloquy nature in the way the six characters speak can make for a daunting read if you are looking for straightforward narrative.

I wouldn't rank it with her best, but I applaud the experimental nature. The way the characters personality and story slowly move over you, you come to accept the writing as normal and it eventually feels like you aren't reading six separate people, but one communal feeling. This is helped by their thoughts and recollections of the Percival character. Although he isn't one of the main six characters, you get to know him very well.

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