Jacob's Room, Paperback Book
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WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY LAWRENCE NORFOLK AND ELISABETH BRONFENJacob's Room is Virginia Woolf's first truly experimental novel.

It is a portrait of a young man, tracing his life from childhood, to Cambridge University, and to his early adult life in artistic London.

Jacob always yearns for something greater, and embarks on a voyage to the Mediterranean before the war begins and his fate is forever altered.

Impressionistic in style, the narrative is as inspired now as it was when it first appeared.


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How have I missed this before? Could it have been something as trivial as not liking the previous copies I've started, which were scruffy hardbacks? I mean, I've read The years and The waves, for goodness sake!Anyway this is superb. Woolf at her finest. Great descriptions of London and nature and scenery. Hinting at characters, capturing the sense of life as I experience it, puzzling me and then revealing more to satisfy and keep me alert. I want to re-read it at once - but of course I won't as there is too much else waiting to be read. But I will come back to this. The personal associations (connections with her brother Thoby), her femininism, her revelations of what life was like at that time are all fascinating.

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