Six children - Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny and Louis - meet in a garden close to the sea, their voices sounding over the constant echo of the waves that roll back and forth from the shore.
The book follows them as they develop from childhood tao maturity and follow different passions and ambitions; their voices are interspersed with interludes from the timeless and unifying chorus of nature.
"I am writing to a rhythm and not to a plot'" (Virginia Woolf)
"Full of sensuous touches...the sounds of her words can be velvet on the page" (Daily Telegraph)
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Acquired, but worth it.
Highly. It was difficult to get through, but, as with ALL Woolf novels, everything - every last word - is all tied together at the end. The entire journey is meant for the last few pages.
This book has a host of characters. There isn't necessarily a favorite. The whole cast of characters is the character.
Julia's performance is spot on and brings the characters to life perfectly. She reads it as though she discussed the performance with Woolf herself.
It is an extremely abstract book. There will be several times when you have no idea what's happening. But then strings will suddenly snap together. Every word is there to build a road that you aren't necessarily aware you're travelling on. You experience life with every character and it is as absolutely touching, confusing, and realistic as reality. There are several things that happen at the end that made me not only reread, but tear up.
Woolf is one of the best writers we've ever had. And she always - always - sticks her endings.
- K. R. Jackson