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  •  Y'know, it's been years (5+ / 0-)

    and I know this particular novel isn't beloved of most Woolf fans, but I adored The Waves. I loved the writing, yes, but also the way it was structured.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 11:32:36 PM PDT

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    •  Haven't thought of The Waves in years (also) (4+ / 0-)

      Interesting experiment in Woolf's reliance on "static" dialogue. I should dig it out...

    •  The Waves! (3+ / 0-)
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      The most astonishing book ever!  It started me on a major Virginia Woolf toot that took years to recover from! In "The Waves,"  Woolf  depicted the experience of time passing in a way that I have never seen again, not even in Proust.  

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 09:18:55 AM PDT

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      •  "The most astonishing book ever!" Strong words. (3+ / 0-)

        I've got Mrs. Dalloway queued up, but I'll make sure I get to The Waves after that.

        She's also a very thoughtful, eloquent essayist. A collection of all her essays has recently come out, which I want to take a long swim in.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:42:00 AM PDT

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        •  OMG, Brecht: (1+ / 0-)
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          To repeat, it has been many years but I was reading a lot of Woolf at the time, and I thought The Waves was her best novel.

          The prose and the structure all seamlessly conveyed what (I perceived) she was trying to convey.

          I'll be interested to read what you think: but I think it's an experimental novel in which the experiment succeeded well beyond the novelist's expectations. (Or would have, anyway, if the novelist had been someone other than Virginia Woolf, who was, as we all know, a genius.)

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 12:00:52 AM PDT

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