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Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The Germans were over this house last night and the night before that. Here they are again. It is a queer experience, lying in the dark and listening to the zoom of a hornet, which may at any moment sting you to death. It is a sound that interrupts cool and consecutive thinking about peace.
Paperback, 105 pages
Published 2009 by Penguin (first published 1941)
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David
Nov 14, 2009 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This slim collection (roughly 100 pages) of ten essays by Virgina Woolf, published as part of the "Penguin Great Ideas" series may be the best book I've read in the past ten years. It's also one of the hardest to review. The explanation is straightforward - every time I try, the review just devolves into tired cliches ("shimmering prose", "scintillating wit", "a writer at the height of her powers", anyone?) or fills up with direct quotes from the work itself. Not just skimpy little quotelets eit ...more
Jamie
I grew up knowing about Woolf through my mother, who deeply loves her, but I never really read much Woolf, to be honest. While she is not really my "style" of writer, she is a beautiful essayist with both sharp humor and critical thinking skills and an amazing breadth. This is especially true in the first and most famous piece, but this little volume is so short and well compiled that all of the selections are worth the time. This is an excellent little foray into Woolf for those wanting to make ...more
Angelique
Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid by Virginia Woolf is a collection of ten short essays:

1) Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid,
2) Street Haunting,
3) Oxford Street Tide,
4) Craftsmanship,
5) The Art of Biography,
6) How It Strikes a Contemporary,
7) Why?,
8) The Patron and the Crocus,
9) Modern Fiction,
10) How Should One Read a Book?

Most of the essays (4-10) dealt with Literature and Writing and these were great - Woolf's intelligence, wit and humour fascinated me in every one of them. "Street Haunting" wa
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Norma J.
Don't be mislead by the title, this is a collection of essays. Only the first one is called "Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid", and it is by far the greatest in the series. Woolf's thoughts are as revolutionary as they are engaging, and it is wonderful to get an impression of her personal beliefs and ideas, but the essays do get less organised and interesting the closer you get to the end.
Amy
I am not a Virginia Woolf fan, but I was intrigued by this collection of essays and thought I'd give her another try. I loved the first few essays, but man, can this girl ramble. I do like her essays more than her novels, but I'm still not a fan of her.
Dennie
Ok I liked the title essay but found the others a slog
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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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