The Voyage Out, Paperback Book
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WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY FRANCES SPALDING AND ERICA WAGNERA party of English people board the Euphrosyne bound for South America.

Among them is Rachel Vinrace, young, innocent and wholly ignorant of the world of politics and society.

She is a free spirit, half-caught, momentarily and passionately, by Terence Hewet, an aspiring writer.

But their engagement is to end abruptly, not in marriage but in tragedy.

Published in 1915, The Voyage Out was Virginia Woolf's first novel.


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Virginia Woolf's debut novel tells of the long sea journey made to South America by young Rachel Vinrace, about her friendship with the older Helen and her falling in love with Terrence Hewet. Life however intervenes in a capricious way. An exciting read which signposts the explorations in fiction-writing she was to take later in her career.

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I found this decidedly easier reading than the more experimental later novels (particularly The Waves, which required a high level of concentration. This was very moving in places, and contributes to understanding the later books too.

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