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Moments of Being Paperback – August 23, 1985
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To read 'Moments of Being' is not an exercise in the prurient, but to gain an understanding of the inner life of an extraoprdinary artist and human being.
The first essay in particular (first written as well as first by content) felt choppy to me. It was hard to get into and a challenging enough read that I had trouble thinking about reviewing it because it required so much concentration. This unpleasant first experience with Woolf's writing may have lowered my enjoyment of the entire book, because the rest of the writing was amazing. It felt as though the author herself was more relaxed writing the later essays and it was easier to get into the flow of reading them.
I loved Woolf's writing style, particularly the way she ignored grammatical conventions in order to convey the way each sentence would be spoken. The exclamation points in the middle of sentences made me happy! so much so I might have to try it myself. Yes, that was fun Run on sentences with bits connected only by semicolons were also a common trick which conveyed clearly the cadence of casual conversation.
In terms of the content, Woolf does a great job selecting certain small details of each scene to convey the emotion of the moment to the reader.Read more ›
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I adore the writings of Virginia Woolf. And here her backstory only added to her mystique. Good read. Very intense and wouldn't attempt without a glass of wine.Published 1 month ago by Cupcake Girl
A very interesting and inspiring book. It sent me back to my favorite Virginia Woolf novelsPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A complex and many layered memoir that helps explain why Virginia Woolf became such a sensitive and highly talented writer.Published 20 months ago by Sherry Marders
bought on Feb. 2 and chose two-day delivery, yet somehow it's still not shipped! i bought this as a GIFT for my best friend's birthday. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Lu
I liked this, not so much the first part of the memoir, but the other sections were better. It made Virginia more of a real person to me.Published on January 28, 2014 by Deborah M. Rodriguez
Moments of Being: a collection of Autobiographical Writing of Virginia Woolf. The book is edited with an introduction and notes by Jeanne Schulkind. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Ginny Mapes