A novel written by the author of "Mrs Dalloway", "To the Lighthouse", "Orlando" and "Jacob's Room".A novel written by the author of "Mrs Dalloway", "To the Lighthouse", "Orlando" and "Jacob's Room".Read Less
New. 978-1593082123. Barnes & Noble Classics Series; 1.42 x 7.87 x 5.2 Inches; 467 pages; Night and Day, by Virginia Woolf, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences┐biographical, historical, and literary┐to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. A long neglected masterpiece, Night and Day reveals Virginia Woolf's mastery of the traditional English novel. With its classic comic structure, minutely observed characters, and delicate irony, Woolf's second novel has invited comparison to the works of Shakespeare, Mozart, and Jane Austen. Set in Edwardian London, Night and Day contraststhe lives of two friends, Katherine Hilbery and Mary Datchet. Katherine is the bored, frustrated granddaughter of an eminent English poet. She lives at her parents' home and is engaged to a prig who exemplifies the stultifying life from which she wishes to be free, until she meets a possible avenue of escape in the person of Ralph Denham. Mary Datchet, on the other hand, represents an alternative to marriage┐she has been to college, lives on her own, and finds fulfillment in working for the women's rights movement. As the story dances delightfully among the novel's brilliantly drawn characters, serious questions about the nature of romance arise. Is love real or illusory? Can love and marriage coexist? Is love necessary for happiness?
I found Viriginia Woolf's second published novel(after the entertaining The Voyage Out) extremely tedious. None of the characters are particularly likeable, except for Mary, a suffragist who doesn't appear often enough. There is a modicum of humor-the current plot problems of Desperate Housewives comes to mind with "Yes, we're engaged, No we're not" complications that get old pretty quickly. Virginia Woolf wrote certifiable classics, but the general reader can skip this one and enjoy Mrs. Dalloway all the more.
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