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The Voyage Out Paperback – August 25, 2013
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
"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.Read more ›
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What does this novel have in common with the Seinfeld TV show? The show and the novel are about nothing. The novel and show are concerned with the trivialities of daily life. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Rick O
When she began writing it in 1907, Virginia Stephen intended to call her first novel MELYMBROSIA; this original version, full of the author's thoughts on gender, politics, and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roger Brunyate
It was a sure delight to read Woolf’s first novel, The Voyage Out, published in 1915, when she was 33. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lady Fancifull
gift book why ask these questions this is not a literary review?Published 5 months ago by Lawrence Bennett
I have read some of these other reviews and agree with parts of many of them. I am a fan of Virginia Woolf and have read most of her fiction and a good amount of her non fiction. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Francis C. Donnelly
This is the third novel I've read by Virginia Woolf and whilst I found it to be the most "readable" of the novels that I've read to date I couldn't in all honesty say that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cphe