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The Years #2020

The Years WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SUSAN HILLThe Years follows the lives of the Pargiters a large middle class London family from an uncertain spring in to a party on a summer evening in the s We see

  • Title: The Years
  • Author: Virginia Woolf
  • ISBN: 9781784872236
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Years By Virginia Woolf, WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SUSAN HILLThe Years follows the lives of the Pargiters, a large middle class London family, from an uncertain spring in 1880 to a party on a summer evening in the 1930s We see them each endure and remember heart break, loss, radical change and stifling conformity, marriage and regret Written in 1937, this was the most popular of Virginia Woolf s nWITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SUSAN HILLThe Years follows the lives of the Pargiters, a large middle class London family, from an uncertain spring in 1880 to a party on a summer evening in the 1930s We see them each endure and remember heart break, loss, radical change and stifling conformity, marriage and regret Written in 1937, this was the most popular of Virginia Woolf s novels during her lifetime, and is a powerful indictment of Victorianism and its values.

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    1. May 2nd 2015The Years is Virginia Woolf s ninth novel, and since it is composed of a series of vignettes about the Pargiter family covering a fifty year period, it is tempting to review it as if it was an old photograph album, one of those with layers of tissue to protect the images As we slide the delicate paper aside, each image gradually assembles itself 1880 A family group The bewhiskered patriarch is squarely camped on the only chair, one elbow propped against a little table on which sits a [...]

    2. I will not call the early going a slog, but the novel did fail to engage me until page 140 or so After that, all was well The novel took off as a proper Virginia Woolf novel should By the end of the long party scene which closes the book I was familiarly dazzled I have to admit that I find the content almost unsummarizable There s no plot to speak of It s the technique that astonishes Woolf s concern is not the quotidian, and often not the particular, but the structural There are any number of e [...]

    3. That is true, Rose thought as she took her pudding That is myself Again she had the odd feeling being two people at the same time.It has been months since I read The Years There have been many books in my life Light bulbs switched on and off over my head They glow and brightness hot to the touch I don t know how long they ll last but they often come back when I had been trying too hard to get inside other windows Hey, you forgot about it and left all of the lights on This next part might sound l [...]

    4. The Years by Virginia Woolf is the story of the Pargiter family The story starts in 1880 and the family is headed by Colonel Abel Pargiter The colonel has seven children Eleanor, Edward, Milly, Delia, Morris, Rose, Martin and a sickly wife In Woolf s style, some details are left out and considered not important such as the name of the Colonel s wife Her death which is written in detail than To the Lighthouse s Prue Ramsay s death, which was passed along to the reader in parenthetical informatio [...]

    5. Other reviews tell me that this isn t as good as Mrs Dalloway or To The Lighthouse having read all three books now, I will concede the Mrs Dalloway point, but I think I liked The Years better than To the Lighthouse The two stories are similar, in that they deal with an extended family and the perspective switches from person to person and the closest you get to an action scene is everyone sitting around and talking, but the scope of The Years is much wider it deals with several generations of a [...]

    6. Everybody was like this is really conventional Woolf, and I was like, Really I mean, is she every really conventional and people were like, Dood, this is nowhere near as good as To the Lighthouse or The Waves, so don t get your hopes up, and I was like, Well I haven t read The Waves, and people were like, What Dood You never read The Waves I m not sure we can have this conversation, and I was like, Oh man, I d better read The Waves, but first I have to read The Years for class, you know, and peo [...]

    7. But you may ask why The Years and not Mrs Dalloway first I don t know I think it was a fortunate to find it in my local library and by reading a few pages of it, I realized that I must read it first Did you know that I tried to read Mrs Dalloway for than 3 times, and even once I read almost half of the book, but I failed to finish it I was losing my hope I thought Woolf is not my type Reading A room of one s own opened my eyes to many things That Virginia Woolf mainly concentrates on what kinds [...]

    8. Reviewed in conjunction with Margery Sharp s Lise Lillywhite One of the things I do in Geneva is hang out at the local flea market trying to suppress my urge to preserve dead lives Every week you ll see people disrespectfully pawing over the beloved libraries of the deceased, libraries which with possibly indecent haste, have been taken away by market vendors who, I can imagine, don t pay a cent for them It is merely enough that they are willing to cart them off There in the market they sit in b [...]

    9. The story is composed of fragments, moments taken from an entire life There are things we remember better than other Some things we forget completely until someone mentions it and than we seem to remember little fragments of the story It is not always the most important things we remember it can be just like a shadow that covers a piece of the wall without making difference What Woolf does is, she constructs a complete novel of assembled fragments of the lives of the family Pargiter So a complet [...]

    10. This is my fourth reading because it is a novel that speaks to me my very essence I grew up in a four storey Victorian terraced house with faded William Morris wallpaper and service bells in the hallway The past was always present and maybe we all lived in the past even then How do you describe the passing of the years Your years Your family s years or your country s years Family members die , political parties too and wars are waged and what remains what is reliable if anything What does it all [...]

    11. Oh god, family sagas, right Who invented them and why did they hate excitement Like, are they a family of extragalactic creatures or something, or should I take a nap, because I d kinda rather do literally anything else, watching paint dry not excluded, than read about some family s oh so immersing trials and tribulations, over many years I ve got my own family to deal with, good luck topping that saga Maybe I m the problem, who knows Trembling with anticipation at the thought of reading this ty [...]

    12. Le stelle, ovviamente, rappresentano il mio gradimentoPur riconoscendo l indiscusso talento della Woolf non sono riuscita a farmelo piacereHo apprezzato moltissimo le descrizioni degli interni ed esterni, ciononostante non mi ha preso per nulla ed inoltre ho dovuto farmi una lista dei personaggi, perch perdevo continuamente il filo del racconto Terminato a fatica, scusa Virginia non siamo in sintonia

    13. I found reading this novel tough and tiring, in other words, it didn t literally hook me when I started reading 1891, its second chapter Presumably known to readers, it has no content page so I would create one from this publication in the meantime so that we can realize its scope as an overview Chapter 1 1880 p 3 Chapter 2 1891 p 89 Chapter 3 1907 p 129 Chapter 4 1908 p 146 Chapter 5 1910 p 160 Chapter 6 1911 p 192 Chapter 7 1913 p 214 Chapter 8 1914 p 224 Chapter 9 1917 p 279 Chapter 10 1918 p [...]

    14. The Pargiters , Here and Now , finally entitled The Years a grand book of exquisite beauty maturity, I suppose, tight and dense, a clear vision, a finely cut gem in her crown of achievements She said in her diary It s different from the others of course has I think, real life in it blood and bone 11 30 1936 At some point, she referred to it as that misery in her diary, but there is so much love in how it is written, and reading the process of her writing it, it was evident that in that misery [...]

    15. I ve been afraid of Virginia Woolf for many years bad joke unabashedly intended I didn t think I would be able to understand or feel at home in her writing, it being too cleverly crafted, too intellectual, or too eccentric I was wrong, and regret waiting so long to find out Going to history museums when I was younger, I would notice the smell of old things that particular cracked leathery smell similar to the smell of libraries and old paper I have always wondered, but is this what the 1910s or [...]

    16. The sunlight dappled passages of The Years , deciduous and delirious with Woolf s painterly vision hold the key to understanding Woolf s view of the world as an atmosphere of beauty enveloped in a haze of human melancholy, regret and isolation although The Years ostensibly follows the Pargiter family, the true star is the city of London Verdant and vibrant, from the tree lined streets to bilious lamp light which imbued London with a sickly luminescence, to the maze like streets which have entrap [...]

    17. I kept thinking, as I read this, that it was Virginia s material put down in Katherine Mansfield s style I particularly enjoy that sort of sweet, gently pattering prose, though from Virginia it feels curiously disembodied Her sensory perceptions are well articulated, but her focus is ultimately social My personal bias favors singularity Indeed, the story could be considered purely social as there isn t even a central narrative consciousness This was her last novel and, in a way, it does feel lik [...]

    18. It s difficult for me to review a book like this I really want to like it, but I guess my tastes in literature do not include Virginia Woolf s stream of conciousness style of writing Every character dumps his or her thoughts on you and most of the time don t even finish their thoughts Also the dialogue is random and unfinished In the end I felt like I didn t learn anything from the book.To me it doesn t read like a book It s best to describe it as a series of paintings You follow the Pargiter fa [...]

    19. I didn t like Virginia Woolf s work when I first read it long ago It was Mrs Dalloway or To the Lighthouse, I can t remember It seemed all a big fuss about nothing to me, and I thought if she had poverty or a job grinding the life out of her she might well be better off.I m not sure I was wrong Still, I wouldn t wish that on anyone.A year or so ago my partner convinced me to read Orlando and I loved it, found it hilarious and imaginative and thought provoking.The Years explained some of this dis [...]

    20. Maybe because this book came right after my reading of T.S Eliot s Early Poems and the correspondence between members of The Bloomsbury Group, I had little patience for the casual anti semitic comment in this one Virginia Woolf is one of the greatest writers that I have read, and this book has objectively great moments, and were it not for her anti semitism, mainly found in her letters and diaries creeping for the first time as far as I can tell into her fiction, it would ve been easier for me t [...]

    21. There must be another life, she thought, sinking back into her chair, exasperated Not in dreams but here and now, in this room, with living people She felt as if she were standing on the edge of a precipice with her hair blown back she was about to grasp something that just evaded her There must be another life, here and now, she repeated This is too short, too broken We know nothing, even about ourselves.

    22. Fleeting MomentsBut Eleanor was standing with her back to them She was watching a taxi that was gliding slowly round the square It stopped in front of a house two doors down Aren t they lovely said Delia, holding out the flowers.Eleanor started The roses Yes she said But she was watching the cab A young man had got out he paid the driver Then a girl in a tweed travelling suit followed him He fitted his latch key to the door There, Eleanor murmured, as he opened the door and they stood for a mome [...]

    23. This novel gets too much hate among Woolfians, which I can now say, having read it and being, you know, the final word on good and bad Woolf Of course, there is no such thing as the latter Then again, I haven t read her biography of Fry, which is hear is just torture It s a family saga in the old sense of it, for those thinking she s going to entirely upturn that literary tradition by the bare fact of her being V Woolf, well, you probably will be disappointed It s about as conventional as I ve s [...]

    24. There must be another life, she thought, sinking back into her chair, exasperated Not in dreams but here and now, in this room, with living people While reading this I found myself thinking, this doesn t sound like her, it s way too simple but then a few pages in my mind went wide and dizzy oh but it is Virginia Woolf In all her unadulterated glory This book is like a sunny afternoon, she has an intricate way of drawing you into worlds of her own People, places, thoughts and trees I couldn t res [...]

    25. It pains me to rate this only a three I think there s a complexity to it that Woolf was aiming for but didn t quite achieve, which is interesting because it s probably the most linear of her novels It pales in comparison to my favourites of hers, but the writing is still top notch It just makes me want to revisit Mrs Dalloway and Orlando and To the Lighthouse and The Waves if you are looking for Virginia at her best read one of those instead.

    26. Fark ndal k ve an ya amak i in yoga derslerine, mindfulness kurslar na paralar ak tman za gerek yok nk yle oluyor, hoca diyor ki Farket, g zlerini kapat ve etraftaki sesleri duy imdi g zlerini a ve kar nda ne g r yorsan farket Ben g zlerimi kapat yorum, duysam duysam araba sesi duyuyorum, en iyi ihtimalle havlayan bir k pek, ansl ysam ku , bazen de siren sesi G z m a t mda kar mda yapraklar g r yorum Aaa yaprak hareket ediyor, yleyse hava r zgarl diyorum Ne fark ndal k ama Sonra gelip Virginia W [...]

    27. The Years is a tough book I thought this many times while I was reading it, and I kept waiting for that time when things started to click into place and I figured out what Virginia Woolf was up to doing And while I did come to some conclusions, I m not sure the journey was worth it for me.The novel chronicles approximately 50 years in the Pargiter family The novel begins when the many Pargiter children almost all live at home except for the two eldest The long first section, set in 1880, introdu [...]

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