Between the Acts, Paperback Book
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Between the Acts, one of Virginia Woolf's most lyrical works, was published shortly after her death in 1941.

The story takes place at Pointz Hall, the country home of the Oliver family for 120 years.

Its central focus is the performance of a village pageant, written and directed by the energetic Miss La Trobe, encompassing the whole history of England from the Middle Ages to the verge of war in the Summer of 1939.

The comic events on stage, the reactions of the villagers in the audience, the blend of past and present are all presented with affection and insight affirming Virginia Woolf's belief in art as the unifying principle of life.

This edition contains the original text that Virginia Woolf was working on when she died.


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Virginia Woolf's last novel was published soon after her suicide and it's a book that I find elusive although I enjoy her peerless imaginative writing. I suspect if I re-read in a few years it might yield hidden treasures.