Orlando Kindle Edition
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That it is so artfully and modernly written makes it a pleasure. Its meticulously fiddly telling and conversational tone make it feel like a mockumentary fairy tale, skating figure eights across the line between silly and serious, and always magical.
I like that the author quite obviously adores the main character, somehow that makes it very personal and lovely to read, but at the same time her portrayal of that character seems quite flat - nothing truly bad or negative happens or is described - yet somehow Orlando seems to grow as a character without much in the way of struggles. I like the way the author plays with time and gender and social norms quite a bit. The florid, romantic, stream-of-consciousness writing style did get horribly old in places, but just when I was ready to put the book down, she'd make fun of herself for writing that way. So much so, the author was almost her own character in the book, which I quite liked. But at the same time, a lot of the book I just didn't get anything from, because of the style maybe (I read and understood the words but they held no meaning on any level for me). I went back and reread a couple sections to make sure I wasn't just sleepy or distracted, and sometimes that was the case, but usually there just wasn't anything in that section for me. Maybe those were the more personal portions of the love-letter that, since I wasn't Woolf or her GF, I couldn't understand.
I'm glad I read it, I've already recommended it to others (with the caveats above), but I might have to read more Woolf to sort out better how I feel about this book.