'Woolf's pivotal novel ... the writer feels her way into becoming the giantess she would be' Paris Review
Virginia Woolf's delicate second novel is both a love story and a social comedy, yet it also subtly undermines these traditions, questioning a woman's role and the very nature of experience. Its protagonist, Katharine Hilbery, is beautiful and privileged but uncertain of her future. She must choose between becoming engaged to the oddly prosaic poet William, and her dangerous attraction to the lower-class Ralph. As she tries to decide, the lives of two other women - women's rights activist Mary Datchet and Katharine's mother, struggling with the weight of history - impinge on hers with unexpected and intriguing consequences.
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Julia Briggs
After a year when reality has often seemed stranger than fiction, taking time to share a good book with friends is just the tonic we need. This list of modern masterpieces and timeless classics is guaranteed to stimulate a lively discussion. Oh – and they're brilliant reads to boot.
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