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The Waves [Format Kindle]

Virginia Woolf
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This narrative traces the lives and friendships of six childhood friends from their childhood to their old age. It tells of the friends' true feelings, which are often different from the ones they portray to each other. The narration is done in a light, airy poetic voice by Frances Jeater, who comforts the listener with her reading but fails to provide enough differentiation to the characters, making it difficult to know who is the focus of each point of the story. J.F.M. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Full of sensuous touches...the sounds of her words can be velvet on the page (Maggie Gee Daily Telegraph)

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une voix fascinante, un manifeste poétique 16 décembre 2009
Par transcene
Lecteur francophone, j'ai découvert Virginia Woolf par la traduction de Marguerite Yourcenar. La beauté de ce texte, son agencement quasi musical, comme une suite, l'atmosphère magique qui se dégage de cette histoire simple, de ce groupe de personnes si attachantes, qu'on suit de l'enfance à la fin de maturité, m'ont incité à le lire dans sa langue d'origine. Pas un seul regret même devant l'effort que cela demande : la langue elle-même recèle des trésors de fascination d'évocation, un pouvoir qui agit sur le lecteur à son insu ou de plein fouet, qui ne le laisse jamais en repos. Un texte qu'il faudrait connaître par cœur comme seuls le connaissent les acteurs qui le disent sur la scène ! Un texte si beau qu'il vaudrait d'apprendre la langue anglaise simplement pour le lire.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 la vague s"est écrasée sur la plage 13 mai 2010
Par Skapoo
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It takes a while to understand what is happening ! Is that an oral painting being described? is that a story. Puzzled. Then we understand;.. oh yes.... let's follow those characters, I mean in their minds. We are the passengers of their minds. that's it And they're going to take us through their lives, from childhood to adulthood. in their inner thoughts. AND .. AND Between the chapters , here are the waves, a nap , have a litle meditation.. the world under the sun is described, we can smell it and hear it.. like a camera shot, with no dialogues just the waves and the shore. One sentence, my favourite , I had it tattooed on my right arm.. it is describing this moth, passing through the room in the heat of summer, and it can summurize what VW could feel, and could express in words : "All for a moment wavered and bent in uncertainty and ambiguity, as if a great moth sailing through the room had shadowed the immense solidity of chairs and tables with floating wings".....Mrs Woolf went beyond perception, and got this unusual brain that unabled her to express things in this very peculiar way, a way that touches million of people. It is a book that your read all the time, it became my bible .......FRENCH : Déroutantes ! les premières pages sont déroutantes ! et puis Madame Woolf tisse sa toile, construit son oeuvre mot après mot. Suivons là, laissons nous mener par la mélodie de ses phrases, la justesse de ses mots "A phrase. An imperfect phrase. And what are phrases !" L'écriture de Madame Woolf est tout à fait unique, tout comme la lecture de son oeuvre. Son hyper perception des choses, son sens de l'observation, cette façon de se déplacer aussi de personnage en personnage, sont uniques. Et nous dans tout cela ? Lire la suite ›
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 very good, ok 6 juin 2014
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stupid that one has to write ! a minimum amount of words to give an evaluation...
bloody silly, silly, silly!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is my favorite book. 16 novembre 1999
Par Trina T. Brown - Publié sur
I was introduced to Virginia Woolf in college when I took an entire class devoted to her work. Although I had never read any of her work before, I quickly became a fan. My professor saved the best for last - The Waves. This book is the most poetic, most profound, most intimate book I have ever read.
No one speaks in this book. You follow the characters' lives from childhood to adulthood by entering their minds and listening to their thoughts. At first it is difficult to figure out what is going on. There is no narration except short poetic passages about the sea and the sun's placement over it preceding each section of the book (and each period of the characters' lives). By the middle of the book, you know who is speaking without reading the name of the character. You know how they think.
I strongly encourage anyone who is even slightly curious to buy this book. This small investment can change how you view the world. The Waves takes much longer to get through than some whodunit, but that's the beauty of it. My husband and I read a passage at night before going to bed. It's best when read slowly, with time to reflect after a small amount of pages. You'll be highlighting sentences that make great quotes as you go. What a glorious book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Do you think you've read Virginia Woolf? 26 octobre 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur
Even if you've read other Virigina Woolf, you haven't come close to the experience of The Waves. Did you have to read To the Lighthouse for some class back in college? The Waves seems like a totally different author. Perhaps Jacob's Room comes closer, but still The Wave is unique:
The whole text is entirely soliloquys in the first person. No 3rd person description, no omniscient narrator, just the opening of quotation marks, one of the few characters begins to speak, then the ending of quotation marks... beginning once more with the opening quotation marks for the next speaker's soliloquy, and so on and on in waves of thought.
We follow each speaker from early childhood to old age, and we know them intimately by the book's end. Give the book a chance; at first I could only take three or four *pages* at a time, but also looked forward to these few pages every day. Later, I could easily read more and more, and truly the experience was like "waves" of life, lapping over my consciousness.
If you like unique "novels," e.g. Nabokov's Pale Fire (although different it's unique too), this is a must-have. There's nothing else like it, even in Virginia Woolf's body of work.
If you can't take the full load of first-person consciousness, but like her dreamy style, then go for her book of short stories. But I recommend keeping the book, and treating yourself, a few pages at a time... you too will feel at the end of a magnificent life's journey by time you follow each character's thoughts to the end.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 wAvEs of emotion disolving the "I" 16 juin 2000
Par Buzz Advert - Publié sur
You have never read a book like this. But don't let that intimidate. This is her most experimental work, but it is still much more accesible than many other modernists. Her sentences and paragraphs are intelligible; it's more the accumulation of pages that might begin to baffle some readers. Woolf obviously requires a good deal of concentration, but her best works are rewarding in a way that many difficult writers are not. (You won't need a professor nearby or a mess of annotations to guide you through dense thickets of allusion-filled, abstract prose.)
I consider this to be Woolf's greatest work. Mrs. Dalloway may be a more pleasurable read and more consistently a "masterpiece", but the Waves is often so intense and beautiful that it's devastating. In fact, there are times that one is a bit overwhelmed by the surfeit of emotion, poetic words, unremitting interiority.
My Woolf pix in order: 1. Waves 2. Dalloway 3. Jacob's Room 4. A Room of One's Own 5. Orlando
I personally feel that To the Lighthouse is more of a work to be appreciated than liked--it's simply too refined. And I couldn't make it through Between the Acts--too many upper class English people sitting around a table in the country sipping tea and performing their subtle, boring manners.
Wait, I can't end on a sour note: Woolf is a bloody delight!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Is this why she committed suicide? 17 novembre 2004
Par Catherine Theresa Graciano - Publié sur
Although at times I consider myself intelligent, after reading "The Waves," I must now concede to being mediocre in my intellect. Upon finishing the novel, I consulted various criticisms and opinions on the work to find that I missed much of what was portrayed in the book. Therefore, I admit to being ignorant. However, I still believe everyone's response to a work is valuable and this is mine:

Just like many other works by Virginia Woolf, there were moments when I was absolutely swept away by the depth of her narrative and the poignancy of her descriptions. Put simply, she blows my mind and this is why I continue to read her. However, I often wonder if the subconscious mind babble that we encounter everyday is worth repeating. Perhaps there is a reason why we have public presentations and filter out much of what we typically are thinking. Therefore, my response to this novel is undecided. Upon finishing the novel, renditions of Shakespeare's "To be or not to be?" ran through my head. I find Woolf's characters and their ambiguous identities and feelings to be confusing and I feel frustrated by their inability to provide me with an answer to the great questions of life. Of course, I realize that life is supposedly more about the questions than the answers and if the goal of good writing it to provoke conversation and thought, Virginia Woolf certainly has done that here. If the purpose of reading is to somehow see ourselves and our struggles reflected in someone else's writing, then Woolf has accomplished that much. Nevertheless, I found the novel to be frustrating in that Woolf provides very little direction or resolution for the reader. I felt as if I was left hanging in so many ways.

Final verdict (after my convoluted and likewise ambiguous review):

It is certainly worth reading for those moments that resonate with the soul, but don't be surprised if it shakes you up, tosses you around, and then leaves you feeling more bewildered than ever before.

And I still wonder what caused her to kill herself. I wish I had that answer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A challenge,but worth it! 12 octobre 2000
Par Trillian - Publié sur
I loved this book, for both what it says - about life, time and relationships - and for how it says it. It is also true, though, that it is one of her less accessible works, and can occasionally be frustrating in its vagueness. To anyone considering buying this book, DO - it's worth it - 2 things that I learnt, though:
1. This is probably not good as an introduction to Virginia Woolf, modernism or 'stream of consciousness' writing - it may be a good idea to read "To The Lighthouse" first.....
2. If you're a genuis or an English teacher you may understand this right off, I don't know - but for the rest of us, I think that it's worth a second read, the first to feel the rhythm, and the second to actually understand the message (if that doesn't sound too ridiculous!) - otherwise it is easy to get bogged down and frustrated, as I did it the first time I read it. Every time I reread this book, I discover something new, despite the fact that spent almost a month studying it in depth....
Good luck!
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