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Night And Day
by Virginia Woolf
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Insightful yet fun, Woolf's story depicts the dance of romance between couples and a young woman's struggle for identity through mind and heart. Sardonic wit and humor earmark the works of Virginia Woolf; Night and Day with its bright characters is no exception. Flo Gibson, however, seems to miss the mark in its presentation. Although the characters are competently portrayed, Gibson glosses over the ironic humor underlying the text, leaving the reading stilted and dry. Poor pacing also contributes to the mediocrity of this presentation. Gibson's painstakingly slow consistency doesn't reflect Woolf's complex lingerings and accelerations. Because of this, the book drags in places it shouldn't. Rife with potential, Night and Day is a good choice for audio, but this particular performance doesn't do it justice. J.S.G. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
Katherine Hilbery, torn between past and present, is a figure reflecting Woolf's own struggle with history. Both have illustrious literary ancestors: in Katherine's case, her poet grandfather, and in Woolf's, her father Leslie Stephen, writer, philosopher, and editor. Both desire to break away
from the demands of the previous generation without disowning it altogether. Katherine must decide whether or not she loves the iconoclastic Ralph Denham; Woolf seeks a way of experimenting with the novel for that still allows her to express her affection for the literature of the past.
This is the most traditional of Woolf's novels, yet even here we can see her beginning to break free; in this, her second novel, with its strange mixture of comedy and high seriousness, Woolf had already found her own characteristic voice.
A brilliant exploration of love by a brilliant author.
Inside Flap Copy
Woolf here portrays her elder sister Vanessa in the character of Katharine Hilbery - the gifted daughter of a distinguished literary family, trapped in an environment which will not allow her to express herself. Looking at the questions raised by love and marriage, Night and Day paints an unforgettable picture of the London intelligentsia before the First World War, with psychological insight, compassion and humour.
About the Author
Virginia Woolf was born in London in 1882. From 1915 onward, she maintained an astonishing output of fiction, literary criticism, essays and biography. She married Leonard Woolf, and in 1917 they founded the Hogarth Press. She died in 1941.
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