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The Voyage Out

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ISBN-13: 978-1463704896
ISBN-10: 1463704895
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'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, Vol. XLV, No. 178, May '94 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Textually, these editions of Mrs Dalloway and The Voyage Out are the most immaculate available." David Bradshaw, Worcester College --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463704895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463704896
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,849,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Trilby on March 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
This novel is not necessarily the best overall story that I have read in terms of style and content. The plot follows a simplistic, sequential pattern and the supposed climax is not as surprising as it is portrayed to be. Luckily, this is not the reason to read this novel. The Voyage Out is in no way the greatest novel ever written, but the ideas that it represents and the thought that it provokes on topics ranging from imperialism to gender roles in society to love among intellectuals is more than worth the read.

We first meet Rachel aboard her father's ship and from the first conversation we are privey to, it is obvious that she is not an ordinary woman. She in no way realistically approaches her proper place in London Society and of course it is through Woolf's feminist viewpoint that we discover how much more of a human being Rachel can become by not following those patterns. In fact, we are introduced to many women throughout the novel, all ranging in their places from aristocratic wife to single author to inexperienced flirt to old widow and all that is in between. Woolf never truly tells which she prefers, but the reader is given an in depth look into the advantages of each lifestyle.

The men on the other hand are portrayed most basically as heartless, unpitying, logical beings, or in other words, the common man of that time, the common educated man of the time that is. Though each man has his own story, it is only Hewet, the one man who in hindsight acts as a woman, who is able to win the heart of Rachel and in fairness, fall madly in love with also. It is also shown in the end of the novel how there is a certain strength in men, a strength that can be both good and bad.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Antony W. Serio on January 22, 2010
This review is for the General Books LLC edition of this book, and is not a critique of Virginia Woolf herself or her writing style. My neighbor made the mistake of purchasing this book on Amazon, actually thinking that it would be readable. It was not. From the looks of things, the contents of this edition were taken from an OCR scan, and just dumped on the page willy-nilly by a high speed book printer. There was not even the slightest attempt to edit the contents of this edition. No spellcheck was completed, and I doubt if anybody even looked at the contents of this edition before it was sold. I was unable to read even a few paragraphs without being forced to parse out garbage characters, odd paragraph breaks, obvious errors, and missing punctuation. In a few cases, entire sentences are illegible.

In fact, there is a disclaimer opposite the Table Of Contents which claims:

"Limit of liability, disclaimer of warranty: While the publisher and author have used their best efforts in preparing this book, they make no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this book and specifically disclaim any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose." It sounds as if the publisher knows that their edition is unedited garbage.

"No warranty may be created ore extended by sales representatives or written sales materials." Note that there is a typo in the disclaimer. Does the publisher even have employees that speak English?

"We have recreated this book from the original using Optical Character Recognition software to keep the cost of the book as low as possible.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christine Richardson on September 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
A powerful story of self-actualization. Rachel is a young woman who ventures on a long journey to South America where the fact that she is long away from home, and away from past influences, she is now able to make choices for herself, and adapt to change.

This is one of the best books I have ever read, and one of the worst reviews I have ever written. Don't use it to NOT buy the book, just read it say to yourself, so lame reviewer said it was great. If I could write well, I'd write a book, as I don't write well, I enjoy wonderful and brilliant books like The Voyage Out! Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RCM VINE VOICE on December 13, 2010
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It is hard to believe that "The Voyage Out" was Virginia Woolf's first novel, begun in the early 1900s but not published until 1915, having been rewritten several times. It is a grand story, almost epic in scope, of a young woman's inner voyage of discovery. In "The Voyage Out" are all the trademarks of Woolf's writing that were to come - her poetic lyricism, her social satire, and her experimentation with point of view and charcter.

"The Voyage Out" follows the inexperienced Rachel Vinrace as she travels from England to South America on her father's ship with her aunt and uncle. Instead of traveling on with her father, Rachel chooses to reside with Helen, her aunt, in the fictional town of Santa Marina so that her aunt can teach her about life. Once there, their lives become entwined with the residents of the local hotel, a random assortment of scholars and wealthy vacationers. With these newfound friendships Rachel is finally able to explore feelings she has never experienced and try to discover who she is and who she wants to be.

Woolf's writing in "The Voyage Out" is much more mature and established than one would expect for a first novel, but it is not without fault. The story is long, almost five hundred pages, and at times almost too heavily charactered as if Woolf were trying to paint too many images at once. However, the central story, that of the blossoming relationship between Rachel and Terence Hewet, offers a classic modern depiction of two souls struggling to find their place in this world and to discover what it truly means to love. Woolf's portrait of Rachel is not a self-portrait, although the character does share some of the same life experiences.
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