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In 1928, way before everyone else was talking about gender-bending and way, way before the terrific movie with Tilda Swinton, Virginia Woolf wrote her comic masterpiece, a fantastic, fanciful love letter disguised as a biography, to Vita Sackville-West. Orlando enters the book as an Elizabethan nobleman and leaves the book three centuries and one change of gender later as a liberated woman of the 1920s. Along the way this most rambunctious of Woolf's characters engages in sword fights, trades barbs with 18th century wits, has a baby, and drives a car. This is a deliriously written, breathless-making book and a classic both of lesbian literature and the Western canon.
'Together these ten volumes make an attractive and reasonably priced (the volumes vary between L3.99 and L4.99) working edition of Virginia Woolf's best-known writing. One can only hope that their success will prompt World's Classics to add her other essays to the series in due course.' Elisabeth Jay, Westminster College, Oxford, Review of English Studies, Volume XLV, No. 178, May '94 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Wow - I really disliked the protagonist until he became a woman. He was just too privileged and shallow and annoying for my taste.
This is an odd, interesting story. Read more
Woolf spends pages and pages describing an enormously elaborate background to each scene. She really makes things vividPublished 1 month ago by Greg
I first encountered Orlando in a college course I was taking called The Elizabethan World Picture. It was like nothing I'd ever read before. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I am surprised that I liked this as much as I did. I really have never liked Virginia Woolf. But this book was required reading for one of my classes and I found myself enjoying... Read morePublished 1 month ago by justanotherreader
I'm not quite even into this book very far yet, and it's my second time picking it up and starting all over again from the beginning. Read morePublished 2 months ago by p
The odd thing about ‘Orlando’ is that, whilst it’s conceptually daring, narratively it’s far less unconventional than other of Virginia Woolf’s novels that I’ve read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Catherine E. Chapman
Amazing read, such a visionary and drawer of words! In my top.Published 3 months ago by Claudia Tocila