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Oma huone

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  55,677 Ratings  ·  2,273 Reviews
"Naisella pitää olla omaa rahaa ja oma huone, jos hän aikoo kirjoittaa", kuuluu tämän 70 vuotta sitten julkaistun kirjan suora ja provosoiva perusväite. Oma huone ja oma raha kuvastavat ajatuksen vapautta ja oikeutta olla oma itsensä, etuja joita hankkiakseen nainen on joutunut kaikkina aikoina ponnistelemaan enemmän kuin mies.

Virginia Woolf on tämän vuosisadan anglosaksis
Paperback, 156 pages
Published 1999 by Tammi (first published October 24th 1929)
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Wendy Yes, definitely! She has a great voice and lovely descriptions. As far as feminism I think we would all agree it's pretty nice to be able to attend a…moreYes, definitely! She has a great voice and lovely descriptions. As far as feminism I think we would all agree it's pretty nice to be able to attend a university now or even walk into a library and not be turned away because we are women. Hope you enjoy it.(less)
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Every woman should read this. Yes, everyone who told me that, you were absolutely right. It is a little book, but it's quite likely to revitalize you. How many 113 page books and/or hour long lectures (the original format of this text) can say that?

This is Woolf's Damn The Man book. It is of course done in an overtly polite British way... until she brings up her fountain pen and stabs them right between the eyes. She manages to make this a work of Romantic sensibility, and yet modern, piercing,
There are so many books that one ‘just knows’ what they are going to be about. I have always ‘known’ about this book and ‘knew’ what it would be about. Feminist rant, right? Oh, these people do so preach to the choir, don’t they? Why do they hate men so much? In the end they are no different to the male chauvinists they are attacking. Why can’t they just be more even handed?

That none of this is the case, of course, does not matter at all, because reiterating received wisdom seems to be all that
Words fail me as I seek to express what I think of Virginia Woolf. Or to sum up in a few measly paragraphs, a book that may just have shattered into a million pieces all my illusions about the art of writing and reshaped my whole perspective.

Have you ever imagined a disembodied voice whispering into your ears, the wisdom of the ages as you flipped through the pages of a book? how often have you conjured up the vision of the writer talking to you, teaching you, humoring you and coaxing you to ope
Riku Sayuj

A World Of Her Own

“Here then I was (call me Mary Beton, Mary Seton, Mary Carmichael or by any name you please – it is not a matter of importance) sitting on the banks of a river a week or two ago in fine October weather, lost in thought.”

And they all do appear, as fictional novelists. Avatars of the Gauri.

Of course, I didn’t know they were so, and I didn't want to find out. I knew Woolf was perfectly capable of inventing novelists and novels inside this small thought-world she was spinning.

Jan 27, 2014 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers and writers regardless of their gender
"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” exposes Woolf and her multiple fictional narrators, Mary Beton, Mary Seton and Mary Carmichael, embodying the universal voices of female writers that once were and the ones that never came to be, while relentlessly beguiling the reader, sinuously spiralling him down with evocative prose, genial dexterity with words and an unapologetic tone dripping with irony, righteousness and lyricism.

Sitting on the riverside in fro
Rakhi Dalal
Feb 06, 2014 Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those aspiring to be writers
The distant orange sky seems to merge into a violet-grey as a thin isolating streak rebels against their integration. She sits by the window, her gaze fixed at the thin streak, waiting unconsciously for it to reach the ubiquitous vast blackness of the sky. On the table, in her front, the pages of the open book ruffle whenever a whiff of air passes through the window into her room. Her ears, accustomed to the soundless sound of the pages, hear a symphony of the words played upon the notes of the ...more
Aug 21, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It's is 7:45 and Im already waiting dressed as best as I can with my dark suit and white/blue collar shirt outside the office for a meeting I've been expecting over a month. A meeting that perhaps will lead me get closer to accomplish a goal I've been working nonstop for years, just waiting for an opportunity to be given. After fifteen minutes, the secretary arrives and nicely welcomes me. She tells me that the meeting was arranged to be held at 2:00p.m. I don't show her the email and the alarm
Jan 27, 2013 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't really made up my mind about how I feel about Virginia Woolf, until now, that is. This book definitely showed her genius and I loved it. I enjoyed reading about the history of women writers including one of my favourites, George Eliot, and how they have been suppressed systematically by patriarchy. I filed this book under "feminism" but in no way does it ridicule men or say women are better than men, it simply states that women have not been given adequate chances in literature in the p ...more
Ian Gabogovinanana
Virginia Plain Live

Virginia Woolf constantly defies my expectations, always for the better.

Nothing I had read prepared me for the light and comic touch of this short work (which is not to deny the lasting significance of its subject matter).

The essay grew out of a talk she gave to the female students at two Cambridge Colleges in 1928. She edited and added to it afterwards.

However, it still bears the traces of a live performance. It must have been inspiring to hear it in person.

The Four Marys


Many, many years ago, back in the mid 1970s when I was a freshly-minted law student a few months out of high school, I went to a party. There I met a sophisticated man, probably in his forties. He was a lawyer. I started telling him about my studies. When I look back on it now, I realise that I may have been overly enthusiastic, a bore even. However, for years I was enraged by his reaction. "Why do you want to study law? You'll get married one day and you'll need to help your husband. It would b
Mar 13, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism
A standard must read text based on Woolf’s lectures to the two Cambridge colleges which admitted women in 1928. It expresses a clear truth and clear injustice in very inventive ways. She describes her trials and tribulations in writing and researching the lectures using a skilfully woven skein of history, fiction, opinion and musings on the outrageousness of the place of women. The part about Shakespeare’s sister is brilliant.
Woolf is pointing out the importance of space and opportunity that hav

This is a lovely, lovely introduction to feminism, full of wit and insight and the incomparable prose of the inimitable Woolf. Not perfect, and indeed there are a few bones I'd have loved to pick with her, but even with those this book is a boon to humanity.

Between bouts of beauteous imagery and fantastic meanderings of thought and form, we have many a discussion on the different subtleties by which the patriarchy in England inherited a history, controlled the present, and in Woolf's time i
This is only the second Virginia Woolf book I have read (shocking, right?). Like the first one (Mrs. Dalloway), I find it a bit difficult to express how I feel about this book.

Though this has been described as a feminist classic, I think this can be read (in fact must be read) by anyone interested in women writers in history. The author offers some excellent insights on the role of women and the reasons they weren't active in the literary world. She never claims that one sex is better than the o
Feb 07, 2015 FeReSHte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essay, britain, feminism
راستش این همه کتاب نوشته ی نویسندگان زن خونده بودم و هرگز به قضیه اینطوری نگاه نکرده بودم. ویرجینیا وولف در قالبی جدید (داستان گونه) مقاله ای دررابطه با داستان نویسی زنان ارائه میکنه. مثلن همین طور که در کتابخانه ای قدم میزنه کتابهایی رو از قفسه بیرون میکشه قسمتهایی از این کتابها رو روایت میکنه، با ریزبینی و ظرافتی مثال زدنی نقد میکنه بررسی میکنه و با آثار نویسنده های مرد مقایسه میکنه و ان گاه گریزی به موقعیت و شرایط زمانه ی نویسنده میزنه...و کمکتون میکنه تا به خوبی درک کنید که برونته ها، جورج ا ...more
Sep 02, 2010 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gender
I wouldn't have gotten much out of this book if I hadn't gone to graduate school -- not because the book is difficult or obtuse, but for the entirely personal reason that graduate school in the Midwest was my first real encounter with the persistence of the sexist views Woolf describes. Growing up in San Francisco, I had almost no experience with sexism. No one ever told me or my friends that women were not as good at anything, that we shouldn't write, have whatever jobs we wanted, be independen ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf
عنوان: اتاقی از آن خود؛ نویسنده: ویرجینیا وولف؛ مترجم: صفورا نوربخش؛ ویراستار: مژده دقیقی؛ تهران، نیلوفر، 1383، در 160 ص؛ شابک چاپ چهارم در سال 1388: 9789644482144؛ موضوع: نقد تاریخی زنان هنرمند از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م

با ترجمه: معصومه مهرشادی؛ تهران، روزگارنو، 1391، در 176 ص، شابک: 9786006867335؛

مجموعه مقالات و سخنرانیهای وولف درباره نویسندگی زنان
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
Is it strange that I want to fist bump Virginia Woolf whenever I read this iconic line from A Room of One's Own?

Woolf wrote this essay in October 1928 for an Oxbridge lecture on the topic of Women and Fiction. It was published a year later, as the Jazz Age came to a skidding halt and the Great Depression fell like a heavy curtain across the world's stage. But on this glorious
May 28, 2013 Shruti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only once has anyone gifted me a book. I was 13. And the book was ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
I killed that book – with Love.
Although the Love never manifested itself as anything lyrical. Just pickle covered hands and a desperate sort of manhandling. Stained pages and a fractured spine.
It was Love because until then, I had never been Spoken to. Told things, yes; but not Spoken to.

Woolf (I want to call her Virginia - VERY BADLY) talks of this here, among many other things. Austen (Jane??) Spoke to m
Jul 31, 2010 Madeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Among the many things about this book that continue to blow my mind, there's the fact that Virginia Woolf manages to fit more information and beautiful writing into 114 pages than most writers can get in 500. This is such a small book, but it's so much more substantial than it appears.

The book is a combination of papers Virgina Woolf wrote when she was asked to speak on "Women and Fiction." She starts out by telling us about this assignment and what she thinks it means. Woolf muses on the subje
Jan 14, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Con tutto il rispetto per gli editori, che svolgono un mestiere davvero importantissimo, io sempre più spesso mi trovo a domandarmi: ma che libro avranno letto? La quarta di copertina di questa edizione delle conferenze che Virginia Woolf tenne a Cambridge sul tema “le donne e il romanzo”, si apre con le parole: «Illustre capostipite dei manifesti femminili del Novecento europeo.» Una definizione che mi contorce le budella. Ma Virginia Woolf mi ha appena insegnato che sotto la spinta di budella ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Once, I loved Virginia Woolf. She gets two stars here because of that former devotion, and because of the quality of her prose. But this is a toxic book.

Be very clear what Woolf means: to be a writer, one needs to be isolated from life. Art is for the elite of the bourgeois. It is not for your housekeeper. It is not for the janitor at the school where you learned to appreciate the subtleties of verse. It is not for the chef who provides you the lush meals you and your female colleagues mull over
Is it possible to imagine the reception of this book 86 years ago?
Did it spark minds, light a fire, or at least prime them for further explosive thoughts?
The era seems so very long ago, and yet what she writes remains true today. Women, 'gender', sex, power...much has changed yet much has not changed.
It all seems quite self evident, yet it all still needs to be explained, again and again. Why is that?
Very slowly though, there has been progress. More of us have our rooms and our five hundred p
Nadi Ghaffari
قبلن خونده بودم که هر زنی باید این کتابو بخونه.بله هر زنی باید این کتابو بخونه...

بی اعتنایی جهان پیرامون که کیتس و فلوبر و دیگر مردان هنرمند به سختی قادر به تحمل آن بودند در مورد او دیگر بی اعتنایی نبود خصوت و عناد بود.دنیا به او همچون مردان نمیگفت اگر میخواهی بنویس برای من فرقی نمیکند.بلکه با قهقهه میپرسید میخواهی بنویسی؟نوشته ی تو به چه دردی میخورد؟
Sep 10, 2015 The_Bookchemist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the predictions in here show Woolf's amazing long sight, some sound a bit too pessimistic in hindsight, many still painfully seem overly optimistic.

Also, there is a man in this book called Sir Hawley Butts. Eheh. Butts.
Dhanaraj Rajan
Feb 17, 2015 Dhanaraj Rajan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To everyone and specially to the fans of Jane Austen.
A small book of 130 pages; but a precious gem.

When Virginia Woolf was asked to give a lecture on Women and Fiction she developed a literary criticism and an essay which has become a trailblazer study in feminism. This is, in short a re-reading of English history as presented in the history books, biographies and fictions written till the time of Virginia Woolf. And this has many interesting elements. For instance, She compares Jane Austen to William Shakespeare and she has her own reasons.

She wr
Review of 'A Room of One's Own' by Virginia Woolf
Shelf: Essays,lit-crit,female writer,feminism.
Recommended for: Virginia Woolf fans,serious readers (Actually both are usually the same!).

This slim little book is so like its author: delicate,fragile-looking yet brimming with intellectual vigour & a whimsical feminine charm!
Jam-packed with quotable lines, it'll make anyone look intelligent & at 112 pages,it is a boon for slow readers like me,only the catch is; once you finish it,you want to
Sonja - Intellectual Badass
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt, that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
A Room of One's Own is based on Virginia Woolf's lecture on "Women and Fiction". This essay is certainly thought-provoking. Woolf discusses some very interesting ideas and observations. Although, I do not agree with all of her viewpoints, she has definitely provided me food for thought.

A Room of One's Own was published in 1929, yet most of it is still very relevant in this d
Words I've lived by long before reading this book: Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.

Oh, Virginia Woolf. A Room of One's Own is a masterpiece of argument and persuasion and feminism. Her ideas about women serving as the looking glass, her solid support of women having a fixed income and a room of their own, her refusal to care about anyone's perception of her, her references to Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen,
Debbie "DJ" Wilson
This is my favorite Woolf book, she is an incredible writer. Read it back in my college days, and it is a heavy read, but I will never forget it. Packed full of what life was like for women many years ago. We have come along way. It is to bad many women of today do not remember what it used to be like, and the hard fought struggles that have gotten us here.
Apr 27, 2009 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksmart
"A Room of One's Own" veers from insightful and delightfully lyrical to infuriating and back again. Woolf offers some tremendous commentary about the educational environment facing English women and the state of English poetry and novels in general, wrapped in compelling, wonderful descriptions (her scathing indictment of the prune is unmatched).

However, the essay is bogged down by her classism, most of which is as blissfully unaware as Austen's characters' lamentations of poverty. (She defends
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(Adeline) Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.

During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length es
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