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The Voyage Out

Virginia Woolf

Book Overview: 

Rachel Vinrace embarks for South America on her father's ship and is launched on a course of self-discovery in a kind of modern mythical voyage. The mismatched jumble of passengers provide Woolf with an opportunity to satirize Edwardian life. The novel introduces Clarissa Dalloway, the central character of Woolf's later novel, Mrs. Dalloway.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .tician had made so deep an impression on her, for surely at the age of twenty-four this was not natural.

"And did you like Mrs. Dalloway too?" she asked.

As she spoke she saw Rachel redden; for she remembered silly things she had said, and also, it occurred to her that she treated this exquisite woman rather badly, for Mrs. Dalloway had said that she loved her husband.

"She was quite nice, but a thimble-pated creature," Helen continued. "I never heard such nonsense! Chitter-chatter-chitter-chatter—fish and the Greek alphabet—never listened to a word any one said—chock-full of idiotic theories about the way to bring up children—I'd far rather talk to him any day. He was pompous, but he did at least understand what was said to him."

The glamour insensibly faded a little both from Richard and Clarissa. They had not been so wonderful after all, then, in the eyes of a mature person.

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Community Reviews

Self-consciously recalling the fiction of Jane Austen, The Voyage Out makes strange the conventions of the nineteenth-century British novel. Woolf's first novel, published in 1915 in the midst of the First World War, echoes so many features of the past century's most popular form of literature. Be i

"We may not always understand the pattern in front of us, Woolf seems to be saying, and we may spend the majority of our life isolated from others and trapped within our own experience, but only by reconnecting to the pattern through people and through art can we truly be alive," writes Pagan Harlem

How flimsy are the accroutrements of civilisation in the face of nature.

It’s like it took Virginia a third of this novel to get out of her Victorian stays, chemises, petticoats and corsets. Once she shakes off all the Victorian trappings though she moves with beautiful poise and clarity of purpose.

القراءة الثانية لرواية فرجينيا وولف بالترجمة العربية
أول رواية للكاتبة وبداية لأدب مهتم بالمرأة وأحوالها الخاصة والمجتمعية
رحلة بطلة الرواية للخروج من عالمها الضيق المحدود
إلى عالم واسع عامر بالتجوال والمشاهدات واللقاءات
ومحاولات لم تكتمل لاكتشاف البشر والنفس والمشاعر المخفية

I wrote a review of The Voyage Out in July, 2012 after I read it. I deleted it because I lash out ("Stupid, stupid, stupid!") at myself. It's just a book review, Mars. I don't know how to use semi colons. I recognize them no more than I would see the brush strokes on a painting. The Virginia Woolf r

Three things happened to me while voyaging on the underground because of this book:

1) As I admire Virginia Woolf immensely and identify with her issues and topics, I tried very hard to concentrate deeply enough to be able to read in a very distractive environment - squished into a full train.

I foug

Overall I found the novel on second reading to be very good. The fully developed Woolfian sense of humor is here. In the early going the book doesn't seem at all inferior to later more experimental works. Though those later works are leaner, more engaged with how to represent cognition in a text. In

3.5 Hard for me to define my feelings on this novel, a stream of consciousness novel that has a great many characters. Woolf herself was an observer of people, of society and that is certainly apparent in her characters, their thoughts and the situations in which they find themselves. This is not an

“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.”
― Virginia Woolf, Modern Fiction

If we look at her works, what we evidently notice is that the idea which most engages Virgi

Rachel Vinrace sets out on a voyage from the confines of her home in England, where she is raised by her spinster aunts, to the exotic coast of South America in the early twentieth century. But more than just the physical journey from one shore to another, The Voyage Out is a story of the transforma

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