Goodness how time flies. Suddenly it is almost May and phase two of #Woolfalong is drawing to a close.
The idea for March and April was to read one or more of: The Voyage Out, Night and Day (Virginia Woolf’s first and second novels) or Between the Acts which was her final novel.
Having read The Voyage Out last year, I read Night and Day in March, probably Virginia Woolf’s most conventional novel, and also her longest. The novel examines relationships within marriage and asks whether love and marriage can co-exist. The novel contrasts the daily lives of the central characters in the novel. I loved it – it is just so wonderfully evocative of a time and place.
In April I read Between the Acts – Woolf’s final novel published after her death without the revisions she would have undoubtedly have made. It is a novel which heralds the coming of the war which was already raging when V W was writing. Although it won’t be my favourite novel by Virginia Woolf – it is beautifully written and so evocative again of a time and place.
There have been other people reading for phase two – and I’ll do my best to include them all here.
On Twitter Eleanor who blogs at Lit Nerd informs me she has been loving The Voyage Out, Caroline from Bookword also read The V oyage Out, which was a re-read for Caroline. While Jamie from These Infinitely Obscure Lives chose The Voyage out for her very first ever book review on her new blog. Phillipa also from Twitter has read both The Voyage Out and Between the Acts. Phillipa says it has been fascinating to read Woolf’s first and final novels. Brona has also been reading The Voyage Out – and I look forward to her thoughts. Margaret from Booksplease says she will need some time to get her thoughts together before writing about The Voyage Out. David from David’s Book World has posted his thoughts on his reading of The Voyage Out.
Like me Audrey from Books as food loved reading Night and Day a novel she says reminded her of Jane Austen.
Anneontheshelf – from Twitter was thoroughly engaged by Night and Day and also went on to Between the Acts. Liz has finished April reading Between the Acts which I am sure she will review soon, and intends to go on to read Night and Day soon.
Sarah from Hard Book Habit read Between the Acts which she says gave her much to chew on. I definitely agree with that. Karen from Kaggsy’s bookish Ramblings re-read Between the Acts she calls the prose, wonderful, vibrant and musical. Another blogger who reviewed Between the Acts was O from Behold the Stars.
Thank you everyone who has kept me company with Phase 2 – if I have missed anyone please let me know. I realy hope some of you will be back to join in Phase 3.
Phase three of #Woolfalong is just days away. The theme short stories – any collection or even just one or two single stories. I aim to read two collections. Happy Woolfing.
My giveaway for the OUP editions of Orlando and Flush and a small hardback edition of Woolf’s story Kew Gardens closed on Monday night. The winners are as follows.
Orlando has been won by Margaret of Books Please
Flush has been won by Cathy at 746books
and Liz from Adventures in reading, writing and working from home – has won that lovely little copy of Kew Gardens.
All the winners have already been notified and the books will be winging their way to their new homes in the next few days.