The Voyage Out

The Voyage Out 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 strang

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 boundariesWoolf 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 E M Forster.

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  1. Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway 1925 , To the Lighthouse 1927 , and Orlando 1928 , and the book length essay A Room of One s Own 1929 with its famous dictum, a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

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  1. I m sitting in front of my computer screen wondering which of several angles to choose in order to make this review something than just another account of the plot and characters of The Voyage Out 1915 My copy of the book is on the desk beside me and I m sorting through the various passages I ve underlined looking for the slant that will please me most The following line describing leading character Helen Ambrose catches my eye She had her embroidery frame set up on deck, with a little table by [...]

  2. 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 So, it s quite heavy footed to begin with, not as modern in tone and treatment as Forster who had already written a couple of his novels when she wrote this It s as if Woolf has to free herself of tradi [...]

  3. 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 fought against all odds to read the following paragraph She was deep in the fifth book, stopping indeed to pencil a note, when a pair of boots dropped, one after another, on the floor above her She looked up [...]

  4. 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 FictionIf we look at her works, what we evidently notice is that the idea which most engages Virginia Woolf is that of life itself Life as it is witnessed every day, the transition from one moment to the other and everything that comes in between A life not symmetrically arranged in a destined pattern bu [...]

  5. 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 Harleman, the Woolf scholar who wrote this fascinating introduction to my Barnes and Noble Classics edition of The Voyage Out This voyage out really seems to be a voyage in, into the conscious choices of seve [...]

  6. 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 easy read, though it is a thought provoking one One the one hand I am not sure that it needed as many characters as there were, made this confusing than it needed to be Some of the thoughts and conver [...]

  7. It s been three years since I read The Voyage Out, but a recent read and review of Winifred Holtby s 1932 biography of Virginia Woolf and her work piqued my interest Holtby s discussion of characters, developed and one dimensional, symbolism, and method of story telling made re reading The Voyage Out a much easier project Interesting in the story was a quote about the main character, Rachel, who at twenty four has no real education except for playing the piano At one point, her guardian mentions [...]

  8. 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 than just the physical journey from one shore to another, The Voyage Out is a story of the transformation of this essentially unworldly girl to a self possessed woman in love with the seemingly enlightened yet searching young writer, Terence Hewet Some of the most lovely and illuminating writing flowed f [...]

  9. 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 than I would see the brush strokes on a painting The Virginia Woolf reviews on this site are than a little intimidating It isn t just because of the semi colons but I gotta admit that I feel like Laura in The Glass Menagerie when she arrives to school late and cannot bear the paran [...]

  10. I live near Charleston, Vanessa Bell s old house Often when friends visit me I take them there for the afternoon Therefore I always feel a bit embarrassed when I have to admit I ve never read Virginia Woolf So I ve finally rectified that My first impression was that this is much easier to read than I expected There isn t much that s modern about it But then it was her first novel and no doubt she was still testing her powers It s essentially about a group of perhaps overly sophisticated individu [...]

  11. 22 February, 2014Mr H Melville, Esq.c o The Spouter Inn, New Bedford, MAMy Dear Melville,I pray this letter finds you well, as, you no doubt noticed, I could not do so in person Do accept my apologies since our whaling voyage two years ago it has been my fondest wish to journey with you again, and, indeed, it was my intention to visit you at the beginning of this year but, alas, I have been detained by Mrs Woolf Damn that woman, she is too good I did not mean to tarry long with her, but she invi [...]

  12. It was a pleasure to experience a precursor to Woolf s genius, but the work is missing the cohesion and power of her later work I did appreciated some of ironies and satirical takes on the British imperial outlook and its intrinsic classism and sexism of the time But all that was fairly restrained Still, it was fascinating to look for the truth behind the concept the the child is the father of the man , or woman in this case.Middle aged Helen Ambrose ambarks on a ocean excursion to South America [...]

  13. I personally consider Virginia Woolf the greatest writer of the 20th century, period, bar none, man or woman, doesn t matter But I m not a writer myself so I don t have the ability, I can t find the words to express what I feel about what I ve read Many of you can and do write beautiful reviews worthy of the books they honor Many times I ve said, that s how I feel, that s what I think Oh well.Having said that, this book is not one of her best It s not bad, it s very good actually, it just not at [...]

  14. Freaking fantastic.Rachel Vinrace is a naive and vulnerable 24 year old young woman on a sea voyage from London to a South American resort with her aunt and uncle Having been sheltered the first 24 years of her life, Rachel is exceptionally shy and startled when meeting new people on the ship, particularly when they show genuine interest in her as a person and as an intellectual The relationships she forms with these people affect her greatly, and she even falls in love This isn t just a book ab [...]

  15. It took me 3 months to listen to this, as I listened to almost every passage at least 2x, as Juliet Stevenson s voice constructed the peculiar insular world of a group of English people a century ago on first a ship, and then at a hotel abroad I liked it surprisingly much, even as it is a gentler, less subtle and conventional Woolf than the puzzler of the later novels I think the thing that I found most intriguing was the sense that 100 years ago, with its confusion about women s roles in the p [...]

  16. Having to my shame never read any Virginia Woolf, I decided to start with this, her first novel It tells the story of a voyage from England to an unnamed country in South America Among the passengers on this voyage are an innocent young woman, Rachel, and her aunt and uncle The book is set partly on the ship, and then continues at a hotel in South America Although it tells Rachel s story, there are many other different characters, both on the boat and at the hotel, whose lives and loves we are p [...]

  17. 9.25 10She became a ship passing in the night an emblem of the loneliness of human life, an occasion for queer confidences and sudden appeals for sympathy.The Voyage Out is Virginia Woolf s literary debut and it is absolutely fantastic I have to admit that when I started this novel I was hesitant and I was sure that it was just a classic I thought I d like it and maybe slightly enjoy it but never love it I ve never been wrong As soon as I finished the first chapter I realised that I was really [...]

  18. Who s afraid of Virginia Woolf I certainly was before I read The Voyage Out, the first novel she wrote I may still be conquered when I try her later work in the infamous stream of consciousness style, but I am no longer intimidated by the idea, especially if she retains the wonderful ability to create stunning images and ideas the way she did in this book, which was not necessarily difficult to read, but does deserve 100% of your attention The Voyage Out mainly tells the story of Rachel Vinrace [...]

  19. So much has been written about Virginia Woolf and her work that I will not pretend to write a review Suffice it to say that, after a disappointing and unsuccessful attempt to read To the Lighthouse one year ago, I have managed to finish The Voyage Out This is a wonderful story which is packed full of stunning descriptions of place both interior and exterior unique and eccentric characters sensitive evocations of a variety of human emotions moods and memories wishes and regrets Virginia Woolf wri [...]

  20. You see, I m not as simple as most women, Evelyn continued I think I want I don t know exactly what I feel He sat by her, watching her and refraining from speech I sometimes think I haven t got it in me to care very much for one person only Some one else would make you a better wife I can imagine you very happy with some one else My least favourite of Woolf s novels to date, this is full of possibilities and potentialities, most of which don t come to fruition Or do they Does it even matter If [...]

  21. ETA There is in fact a reason for Woolf including so many characters, and there is another theme too how people react to a life changing event, in this case view spoiler death hide spoiler Woolf looks at people s behavior, the behavior of family members, close friends and other acquaintances too All these people were a necessary part of the book You can observe Woolf observing people and our different ways of behaving This book does not leave you when completed No, it s quite a good book, if you [...]

  22. To feel anything strongly was to create an abyss between oneself and others who feel strongly perhaps but differently It appeared that nobody ever said a thing they meant, or ever talked of a feeling they felt, but that was what music was for I read Virginia Woolf for the second time last year with her non fiction essays A Room Of One s Own, and Three Guineas The first time I ve encountered her was when I bought a secondhand copy of Carlyle s House and Other Sketches I found her so intriguing no [...]

  23. 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 experimental works Though those later works are leaner, engaged with how to represent cognition in a text In the later works, too, there is a somewhat greater ability to condense events to the numinous moment That s here, too, but I think such moments get a little lost in the somewhat larger, expansive authorial voice [...]

  24. The characters and events of this novel appear and recede much like figures in a mist If you must have a clear and definite sense of conflict or plot, steer clear This is a story for those who have had their fill of the didactic tendency in literature This is a story for those who take delight in an author s delight in illuminating the crevices of non thought through sound So, try this is a story for those who are content with beginning their readings from the final chapter and going on backward [...]

  25. An Apt TitleWhen she began writing it in 1907, Virginia Stephen intended to call her first novel Melymbrosia this original version, full of the author s thoughts on gender, politics, and principle, was reconstructed by Louise DeSalvo and published in 1982 By the time she first submitted it for publication in 1913, however, the author, now Virginia Woolf, had stripped out much of the commentary and given it a far less obscure title, The Voyage Out.It was an apt choice, but also a deceptive one Th [...]

  26. My goal is to read all woolf s books in order in 2017 I think this is her first one and it has a distinct Woolf feel,but it different from her later writing She s very interior and not dark compared to some 21st century books I ve read but not optimistic either This will sound harsh and I don t mean it to be as harsh as it will sound but there s an obsessive, circling the drain mood, not exactly a doomed quality but close In places it felt like one of those repetitive dreams where you keep doing [...]

  27. This is my first Woolf I don t know what she intended with this novel, so for now I ll just go with my impressions as someone living in early 21st century America, where nearly everyone has to work for a living The characters in this novel don t Oh, there s one wealthy industrialist, the ship owner father of the protagonist, Rachel Vinrace it s not clear if all his money comes from ship owning, or some is inherited Everyone else, with the exception of the one or two servants mentioned, has trave [...]

  28. This is the third novel I ve read by Virginia Woolf and whilst I found it to be the most readable of the novels that I ve read to date I couldn t in all honesty say that it was an easy read I kept waiting for something to happen, some momentous event to push the story along It wasn t until I gained some patience and just went with the flow that I began to see the light and appreciate the vein in which it is written One thing that has become apparent is that I shall have to source a copy of Mrs D [...]

  29. I had to read this book for my paper on the 19th century novel It was the last novel we read for that course and the idea was to discuss how Virginia Woolf deconstructed the structure of the traditional novel while establishing the modernist novel in the process The Voyage Out is a very hard novel to describe on the surface is about a group s trip to a fictional island located somewhere in South America deep down it seems to be about the constraints of social convention and how they affect peopl [...]

  30. Here s another one This is Virginia Woolf still finding her voice as a writer Certainly if she had written like this throughout her career she would have been remembered, but probably not celebrated as a genius This story still has some of the hallmarks of her famous writing focus on characters perceptions, use of setting as a symbol for the characters journeys, lyrical writing and even irony This story began calmly and slowly and then came to a pretty sincere climax The personal voyages of the [...]

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