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calling all virginia woolf fans

What would you consider Virginia Woolf's most accessible fiction work? I've always wanted to read her work, but she seemed kinda daunting.

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions!

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archinatrix
Feb. 10th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
I really liked "Orlando". Tried "Mrs. Dalloway" in high school and just couldn't deal.
newwaytowrite
Feb. 10th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
I will say
Mrs. Dalloway is amazing. It is one of those great books so worth reading. I felt I was being flooded and always awash in words. I don't mean this as a complaint. It was for me one unique reading experience.

If at all possible read in one sitting (or at the very least in one 24 hour period) as it really is the story of the events of one day.

I have Orlando on my list of books to be read.
anotherplay
Feb. 10th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
I am starting on her as well, but I actually first read A Room Of One's Own, because I read that that essay gives you a lot of background knowledge that helps you with her novels. I'm not sure if it actually does help, but it can't hurt and it's a good, interesting read. After this I plan to read Mrs. Dalloway.
blissery
Feb. 10th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
Mrs. Dalloway. I finished this book quickly.
spooky_miss
Feb. 10th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
I found Orlando really frustrating as it was generally mediocre with moments (tiny moments, a couple of lines!) of brilliance, and I wished the whole book would have been as good as those little bits! I think I've also ready Mrs Dalloway but can't remember it being great. I would recommend To The Lighthouse out of the three I've read :)
ageru
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
I was interested in The Waves and so bought a copy off the internet. It arrived and I was never able to stick with it (maybe in part because I was a freshman in high school at the time). I haven't read any other Virgina Woolf works. Daunting indeed.
valca85
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, you went straight for her hardest work :) I loved The Waves but it is tough.
ex_38621
Feb. 16th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Wow,that's impressive.
Freshman in high school means...14 or 15 years?!? (I'm not from the US :) ).
I first tried reading "The Waves" when I was 20 & couldn't get through it,it was way more complicated than all of her other books.
ageru
Feb. 17th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Trust me, I had no idea what I was getting into. I'd stumbled upon a brief synopsis of it online and was intrigued but entirely unaware of how difficult her style is to digest!

One day I hope to make it through. LOL. For the last four years, it's just been collecting dust on my desk. So sad. LOL.
phoebesmum
Feb. 10th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
I loved Orlando, but I wouldn't say it was her most typical book. Mrs Dalloway is probably the one I'd recommend. It's reasonably accessible and, even if not, it's pretty short.
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