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Regarded by many as Virginia Woolf's masterpiece, this novel was written partially to exorcise her private ghosts. It traces the lives of six people who are almost imperceptibly revealed through the kaleidoscopic accumulation of their reflections on themselves and each other.
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This narrative traces the lives and friendships of six childhood friends from their childhood to their old age. It tells of the friends' true feelings, which are often different from the ones they portray to each other. The narration is done in a light, airy poetic voice by Frances Jeater, who comforts the listener with her reading but fails to provide enough differentiation to the characters, making it difficult to know who is the focus of each point of the story. J.F.M. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MainePrésentation de l'éditeur:
This ebook includes a biographical introduction, a short, critical analysis of Woolf's career and a brief introduction to this work.
The Waves, published by Hogarth Press in 1931, might be said to be plotless in essence whilst also serving as a counterpoint to her earlier novel Jacob’s Room. The structure, because that’s a more helpful notion, is built around the soliloquys of six characters while a seventh, much like Jacob but this time kept silent, hovers in the background. Interspersed between these six voices are attendant naturalistic descriptions of waves breaking on a shore at different points of the day from dawn to dusk; another instance of Woolf’s childhood memories surfacing.
Through the different characters, and using the seventh, Perceval, as a collective, but flawed, icon, Woolf examines notions of the self and the collective through differing viewpoint. Some see Woolf’s peers in a selection of the characters including Llyton Strachey, E. M. Forster and T. S. Elliot, but such identifications are less important than what she has to say using these points of view as distinct mouthpieces. Perceval, and the name with its Arthurian connections can’t be overlooked, is assumed to relate to Woolf’s brother Thoby and if this is the case, then such a relationship must have more importance.
The Waves represented the fourth major novel published in a six year period and arguably brought to an end Woolf’s most creative stretch.
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