The Waves (Vintage Classics)

Paperback, 224 pages

English language

Published Jan. 25, 2005 by Vintage Books.

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The Waves, first published in 1931, is Virginia Woolf's most experimental novel. It consists of soliloquies spoken by the book's six characters: Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny, and Louis. Also important is Percival, the seventh character, though readers never hear him speak through his own voice. The monologues that span the characters' lives are broken up by nine brief third-person interludes detailing a coastal scene at varying stages in a day from sunrise to sunset.

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5 stars

a hot mess of six characters whose speech bleed into one anothers as they move through life and reflexively ruminate on themselves and how they relate to their friends and the world around them. if you like pretty writing and don't care for the deeper meaning, this could also be for you (i'd recommend at least reading ths first chapter).


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