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O Quarto de Jacob (Colecção Mil Folhas, #92)

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,494 Ratings  ·  375 Reviews
Como em toda obra da autora, O Quarto de Jacob carrega fortes referencias familiares. Se em A Viagem a heroína Rachel Vinrace foi inspirada na própria Virginia Woolf, e em Noite e Dia, a personagem Katharine Hilbery na irmã Vanessa, no terceiro livro de sua carreira a autora homenageia o irmão, Thoby, ao criar o personagem Jacob.O Quarto de Jacob é o primeiro livro a ser p ...more
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published January 2004 by Público (first published 1922)
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Dolors
Feb 28, 2015 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pursuers of beauty in absence
Shelves: read-in-2014
“Either we are men, or we are women. Either we are cold, or we are sentimental. Either we are young, or growing old. In any case life is but a procession of shadows, and God knows why it is that we embrace them so eagerly, and see them depart with such anguish, being shadows.”

And a shadow of a life, an existential void is what the reader perceives of Jacob Flanders, a young man whose identity remains as elusive as an abstract painting. Set in pre-First World War England and anticipating the brut
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Fionnuala
I finished this book some weeks ago but held off from reviewing it until now because the temptation (which I have since resisted) to skip words altogether and make this an entirely illustrated review was very strong: all of the impressions I had were visual, resembling paintings or stills from a movie. There was no particular action that stood out in my mind, just a series of scenes: interiors, landscapes, seascapes, all impressionistic yet very vivid at the same time, the characters themselves ...more
Agnieszka
May 09, 2015 Agnieszka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Jacob's Room it is a life seen from the outside . Incomplete and blurred image of the young man . We observe his life as if in the mirror shards . We can only see his reflection in others eyes , only his silhouette in others tales . It makes us only casual observers and Jacob Flanders is still eluding us . His inner world remains closed to us. But can one really get to know other man ?

Nobody sees any one as he is, let alone an elderly lady sitting opposite a strange young man in a railway car
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Mary
Oct 16, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2015
No doubt we should be, on the whole, much worse off than we are without our astonishing gift for illusion.

I’m glad I don’t have to try and explain what Jacob’s Room is about because there’s no real plot; rather, it’s a wonderfully poetic and peculiar glimpse of small things happening, people thinking, waves crashing, life cascading by. There’s a layered and voyeuristic darkness throughout. Life is happening to Jacob in remembered vignettes and half-memories, and we catch glimpses of Jacob but no
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Kim
Aug 24, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Having just concluded that I'm glad I didn't read Steinbeck's novels in chronological order, I now rather wish I'd started at the beginning with Woolf's novels. On the other hand, it's interesting to look back to the beginnings of Woolf's experimental writing after reading Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and The Waves.

Whereas listening to the audiobook of The Waves reminded me of listening to a cantata or an oratorio, listening to this novel (beautifully narrated by Juliet Stevenson) was more
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Nick Wellings
Aug 21, 2013 Nick Wellings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as To the Lighthouse, which is rather like quibbling over the comparative value of gold and diamonds. Much like Woolf's fictional concerns, both are, as legend has it, pretty much eternal. It is to her credit that Lighthouse shines bright even above the standards she established for herself and her readers: Jacob's Room burns with insight and wisdom. Many pages are truly beautiful. I'd write a love-letter to pages 56 and 57 which are actually peerless.

As usual, Woolf's concern for h
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Ashley Blake
Although I am very nearly obsessed with Virginia Woolf, this book only gets 3 stars because she is so clever and poetic with words, not because this book, as a whole, was a great read. This was the first of her experimental, inner monologue style of writing fiction for which she is known and which she writes expertly in subsequent novels. Maybe it's because this is the first of that style, but I couldn't find any connecting point. Jacob, the protagonist, is only the main character as viewed thro ...more
Zanna
Jan 13, 2016 Zanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england, europe
I was unwilling to read this book, which had been on my shelf for a long time, had risen to the top of the pile, been bypassed many times by more 'urgent' selections and finally became too accusing in its familiarity for me to put off any longer. Why the antipathy? I opened it a few times, leafed through the introduction, and reached for something contemporary instead, something that felt, maybe, more 'relevant'.

To continue the rambling personal preamble (just skip to the next paragraph, dear re
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Moira Russell
Notes toward a review, maybe, later....

Didn't rewire my brain as radically as Anne Carson, but I'll really have to think before saying anything about it. The Notes, the REASON I bought this damned edition, were completely terrible. I was very unfond of Jacob. I think that comes partly from reading 'Three Guineas' before this -- he represents so much she turns sharply against later. But even her later opposition to patriarchy and the wars it wages is here -- that wonderfully chilling passage in t
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Duane
Published in 1922, this was Woolf's third novel, but the first of her Modernists style character narratives, a style combined with stream of consciousness that she would perfect by the time she wrote The Waves in 1931. Set in early 20th century England, Jacob's Room is simply the story of a young mans life, Jacob Flanderrs, as told in fleeting recollections by his mother and his closet friends. Thus our view of Jacob is never quite complete, only hazy and mysterious, like an apparition. Even at ...more
Jean-Paul Werner Walshaw-Sauter

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"Jacob's Room" is Virginia Woolf's first experimental novel. It is the life story of Jacob Flanders seen almost exclusively through the eyes of women who knew him as well as recounted through Jacob’s letters to his mother. It is a character study of a sensitive boy set in pre-WW I England; starting with his childhood, through his University years at Cambridge and into adulthood.


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More and more in adulthood, he retracts into his room; the hermetic shell of the soul and the intellect. He immerses hi
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Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
This woman blows me away again and again. My head has been tossed about and left stuck to the limb of some leafless tree on Bustleton Avenue. I find a page I love and read it over and over and over and over......and over.....not because I must, not because I don't understand per se, not because I need to clarify, but because it is like a skydiving thrill that I wish to replay. I start reading a section and soon the head becomes light, gets dizzy, finds intense clarity, then reaches a numinous ap ...more
Ruby
Apr 20, 2015 Ruby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
if the five stars are generous, it is only because of the fact that even when Woolf writes a messy and somewhat unformed book like this, she's still so much better than everyone else.
Justin Evans
Dec 01, 2014 Justin Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Virginia Woolf writes better than other people.

"We start transparent, and then the cloud thickens. All history backs our pane of glass. To escape is vain."

"The Scilly Isles now appeared as if directly pointed at by a golden finger issuing from a cloud; and everybody knows how portentous that sight is, and how these broad rays, whether they light upon the Scilly Isles or upon the tombs of crusaders in cathedrals, always shake the very foundations of scepticism and lead to jokes about God."

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Bennet
Jul 15, 2011 Bennet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-stories
So who is Jacob? Everyone wants to know. Everyone has an opinion. A few things are mostly agreed upon: he is a smart and handsome young man, and no doubt up to something, and prone to boating naked, and this in proper, pre-World War I England.

The story is like following Jacob around a rambling old house in the shoes of this or that observer(a friend, associate, aunt, lover), the rooms being this or that time, place and encounter,commencing in his childhood, proceeding through college and his tra
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Meghan Krogh
Oct 25, 2015 Meghan Krogh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: penguin-class, xx
I like Woolf more and more as I get older; she is the perfect antidote to male sentences.
Kristen
Jun 07, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle
The strange thing about life is that though the nature of it must have been apparent to every one for hundreds of years, no one has left any adequate account of it. The streets of London have their map; but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?

"Holborn straight ahead of you," says the policeman. Ah, but where are you going if instead of brushing past the old man with the white beard, the silver medal, and the cheap violin, you let him go on with his stor
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Lindsay
Jun 05, 2008 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you ever woke up one morning and found yourself transformed into a brick or a pebble or something like that, there are paragraphs in this book that would remind you exactly what it is like to be alive. Really. This is one of them:

"It seems then that men and women are equally at fault. It seems that a profound, impartial, and absolutely just opinion of our fellow-creatures is utterly unknown. Either we are men, or we are women. Either we are cold, or we are sentimental. Either we are young, or
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Sarah
Apr 17, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an early experiment in stream of consciousness. It's a lovely, meditative work, though it doesn't feel quite finished to me. The connections aren't there: the connection to a character, the connective thread between two passages. She rushed abruptly from character to character, scene to scene. There's a theme to it all, a greater point about humanity, but I became exasperated with all the characters, asides, and hanging threads I was meant to tie up for myself. Help a reader out!

The pre
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Emily
Except for Flush and The Voyage Out, which I have yet to read at all (!), Jacob's Room is one of Virginia Woolf's titles with which I'm least familiar: this is only my second time through. The first one came shortly after my initial, world-changing discovery of Woolf, and I remembered the novella as being quite minor, a bridge work between her "apprenticeship" novels and the full-blown genius of her mid-career work. I had fallen in love with Mrs. Dalloway's rare but brilliant flashes of true com ...more
Hesper
May 31, 2011 Hesper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that most of the time I was reading this, I was just kind of sighing impatiently and going, "WTF, another POV shift? Get on with it, Virginia." And then the end happened, and all those irritating perspective changes turned out to be a skillfully arranged series of triggers leading, like falling dominoes, to a mostly off-the-page explosion.

And it is righteous!

The novel is really a series of vignettes, connected by several recurring characters. It is one of the strangest character
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Laurie Robinson
Jul 14, 2010 Laurie Robinson added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no
I'm probably too simple to get this, but this was horrible! Started out being an interesting approach to writing, but turned out to be a bunch a nothing. This novel is a bunch of words...a whole novel's worth of words... that end up saying nothing! This ends up being a book that was clearly written by someone with mental illness. There is a vague, very vague storyline if you can see through all the jumbled thoughts of the myriad of characters. There is no smooth transition from one character to ...more
Ana Maria Rînceanu
The novel recreates Jacob's childhood, studenthood and entry into adulthood through his perspective and those, for the most part, of the women in his life. It's like a scrapbook of memories and sensations of fleeting major life events and the places they take place in. The prose is wonderful and very lethargic.
Xandra
This book is like walking into rooms in the middle of conversations. It is more cohesive in the beginning but, as you go along, it becomes challenging and at times difficult to follow, the perspective changes fast, there are many characters and many details (in the sense that it’s not a book of big events but of impressions of them, and full of what is generally considered minutia) and without Jacob, the glue that holds the whole structure together, it would appear chaotic and disjointed. Despit ...more
Emanuel
Jul 19, 2016 Emanuel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: virginia-woolf
Depois de uma óptima estreia com "A Viagem", Viginia escreve "Noite e Dia", um interminável romance onde ninguém sabe o que é ou o que quer, uma confusão em muitos aspectos. Depois de ler o seu terceiro romance "O Quarto de Jacob" ainda melhor se percebe quão mau consegue ser "Noite e Dia". Complicado de entender é de que forma a autora evoluiu para o estilo deste romance que já revela o registo vincado da autora, onde finalmente esta rompe com o então romance tradicional. Tal evolução ocorreu e ...more
Gavin Wright
Oct 30, 2012 Gavin Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this book were written today, it would without doubt be almost universally ignored, perhaps appearing as a cult eBook, struggling to keep above the waves of blogs and social media. Agents would avoid it, a rank unpublishable mess with, significantly, not the faintest trace of a plot, no easily identifiable protagonist and, worse, dozens of random characters (and scenes) popping in and out of the novel like odd fragrances at an open window.

Reading it, one gets the impression that the fragments
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Lydia
This is a weird one. Obviously Woolf's prose is beautiful, complex and masterful. I mean, she's Virginia Woolf.
Whilst I appreciated part of what she was trying to do (and recognise that it was Woolf's first novel that was written in a modernist style), the fact that Jacob was mainly seen through the eyes of other characters, meant that I couldn't get to know or care about him. I understand that that was part of the point, but it took away from the enjoyment of the reading experience.

When Woolf w
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Helle
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It was a curious experience to read this novel, apparently the first in which Woolf tries her new style of experimentation.

There isn’t much in the way of plot, which I can live with, indeed sometimes seek out, as long as there are interesting characters or ideas. The characters here were none of them interesting to me, which apparently was part of her intention – the idea being to describe someone, Jacob, as seen through everyone else’s eyes. Any idea
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Julie
Apr 12, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. What it does with time is some trippy ass shit. I can maybe understand (if I try really, REALLY hard) why some people wouldn't like Virginia Woolf/be annoyed by her, but man, I'm going to say it: I think she's one of the finest (if not THE finest) writers in the English language. What she does with words, man. No one else comes close. No one else can imitate it.

I loved the impressionistic style of language in this book; the colors, the sounds, the smells, the sights. I wasn't
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