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From one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century — a splendid collection displaying the author's lively imagination and delicate style. Includes "A Haunted House," "A Society," "An Unwritten Novel," "The String Quartet," "Blue & Green," "Kew Gardens," "The Mark on the Wall," and the title story.
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Published (first published May 6th 1921)
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Apr 30, 2016 Jaidee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Woolf lovers and those that have yet tasted her prose
Recommended to Jaidee by: a long line of people have urged me to read Ms. Woolf and I have resisted for thirty years.
4.5 "meandering, layered, impactful" stars.

2016 Honorable Mention Read

Tomorrow we leave for Belize. I just came back from a 45 minute walk in my dark and cool and breezy neighbourhood while listening to Portuguese Fado. I sit here and decide not to think about too much what I will write for this review as I have written a sentence or two as I read all eight stories in this volume today while I lived quietly, thoughtfully and emotionally today. I did not answer texts or emails today. I pretende
Feb 04, 2015 Vipassana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Woolf lovers
Virginia is a quiet woman with an excitable mind. Chatty in the presence of enjoyable company yet prone to sink into silence and solitude. She puts one in touch with the myriad blubbering of the mind, the sporadic genius and how the both, while at odds, lend themselves to each other. With this collection of short stories, one is offered a peak into her process. The range of variety among her stories is something to note, yet most of the stories are characteristically in the mind than a sequence ...more
Dec 14, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone but my 17 year old self
Recommended to Mark by: The delight of the Hesperus Press
Shelves: short-stories
This is another of the lovely Hesperus Press books which introduce or re-introduce little known works by otherwise well known writers from across history. Each is less than 100 pages in length and indeed some are much less. This volume only consists of 61 pages of actual Virginia Woolfness and it is a swiftly pleasurable read though, as with all Woolf, it repays much slower and patient re-visiting.

There are eight pieces collected together. Some, "A Society" or "An unwritten novel" read as obviou
Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: A collection of eight deliberately fragmentary and experimental sketches, Monday or Tuesday remains unique in being the only volume of short stories that Virginia Woolf published herself. A woman gazes at a mark on a wall and ponders the vagaries of thought and opinion; a succession of couples are caught up with nostalgia for their past as they stroll among the vibrant flowers of Kew Gardens; a heron soars high above cities and towns, lakes and mountains,
Nov 17, 2015 huzeyfe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Onumuzdeki yil Virginia Woolf kitaplarini bitirmeyi dusunuyorum. Acikcasi bu yil cok verimli gecmedi okumalarim. O nedenle basladigim her yazara onu en iyi tanitacak ya da ona en iyi isindiracak kitaplarla baslamak istiyorum. Bu kitap da Virginia Woolf'un ara ara cesitli yerlerde yayinladigi ya da cekmecesinde sakladigi kisa hikayelerden olusuyor. Sanirim yazarin yazini hakkinda guzel bir intiba veriyor. Aralarinda gercekten cok etkileyici ve vurucu hikayeler var. Ayrica bilinc akisi teknigine g ...more
Rima Ibrahim
Nov 06, 2014 Rima Ibrahim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
فرجينيا تكتب عن اولئك النساء الهامشيات اللواتي لم يكتب عنهن أحد, فرجينيا تكتب عن تلك الخواطر الداخلية للشخصيات الإنسانية التي لم يلمسها أحد, فرجيينيا تضع الفاصلة كما لا يفعل أحد, فرجينيا تكتب كما لم يكتب أحد
Aug 19, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This thin book of short stories started slow for me, but then picked up speed as I began to see the author's multifaceted world. Virginia Woolf was a writer who, from the early years of the twentieth century, saw many of the changes that were to come. (More's the pity that she cut short her own life.) Monday or Tuesday is an experimental easel for her to begin to paint the world in a different way. Take, for instance, these observations from the last story in the book, "The Mark on the Wall":
Sep 18, 2015 Nahed.E rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: إنجليزي

القراءة الثانية لفيرجينيا وولف ،
و .. لم أتوقع ابدا أن اقيم هذه المجموعة القصصية بنجمتين فقط !

فالكتاب به أشهر قصص فيرجينيا وولف ..
ولكن .. هناك شئ بعيد بين السطور يجعلني اقرا بلا فرحة .. ولا اندماج تام ..
بل علي العكس .. شعرت أنني غريبة عنهم .. وأنني لا أعبأ بما يحدث أو بما سوف يحدث .. ولا يهمني إن قفزت فوق فقرة أو فقرتين .. أو قصة أو قصتين !!
وأنا لا أحب هذا الشعور ):

فاللغة الوصفية تغلب علي الكتاب أكثر من الحوارية ..
وربما يكون هذا هو السبب ..
فأنت تنتظر أن يبدأ الحوار .. وتنتظر الأحداث .. وتنتظر
Sep 11, 2013 BrokenTune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am strangely fascinated by Virginia Woolf, and that even though I have not read many of her works as yet.

Like any collection of short stories some of the stories are more appealing than others, but all of them show Woolf's creative powers creating the minutest of observations and turning it into a journey of ideas.

What I liked best about this collection of shorts - apart from the witty satire in A Society - was the rhythm of the language. It's almost like you could read the stories - at leas
Po Po
Apr 08, 2015 Po Po rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiny book of short stories. Some are great and some didn't engage me at all. But, the underlying theme is feminism.

Women: stop being a meek submissive.
Women: stop 'sacrificing' your youth on childcare. One of the biggest obstacles to women's advancement is pregnancy and (typically-- especially when this was written) being the primary (or sole) caregivers of children.
Women: stop thinking your contributions to society are worthless.
Women: stop idolizing men

This is exactly the type of book I neede
Jan 10, 2017 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Woolf's third book after The Voyage Out and Night and Day. Monday or Tuesday is a group of short stories and though I'm concurrently reading Night and have already read her fourth book, Jacob's Room, this is where she begins to work in her uniques style of letting one train of thought blend into or deflect into somewhere you wouldn't logically expect or maybe you would but we've been taught not to let that happen, were admonished to stay with the path we began on. I'm sure this isn't ori ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having never read anything by Woolf before I’m not sure this was perhaps the best place to start. Most of the stories veer towards the stream-of-consciousness/prose-poetry end of the spectrum apart from the second story, ‘A Society’ which is pure satire and made me think of Bulgakov of all people; all the others reminded me of Elizabeth Smart who, apparently, was a fan of Woolf’s writing. The stories are not without their moments but as complete works none really excited me. Probably the one I r ...more
I've been meaning to try out Virginia Woolf for awhile and and clicked on this file at Project Gutenburg tonight. Honestly, I didn't like it, but she definitely had an interesting way with words.

For example, my favorite sketch of the eight, "Blue & Green," begins thus: "The pointed fingers of glass hang downwards. The light slides down the glass, and drops a pool of green." In many ways, more poetry than prose, without being truly either one.

Yet the moments of brilliant wordplay slip in and
Nov 05, 2014 Aseel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epub
chastity is nothing but ignorance—a most discreditable state of mind. We should admit only the unchaste to our society.

“the truth has nothing to do with literature,” “that fiction is the mirror of life.


1. A Haunted House★
2. A Society★★★★★
3. Monday or Tuesday★
4. An Unwritten Novel★
5. The String Quartet★
6. Blue & Green★
7. Kew Gardens★★
8. The Mark on the Wall★★★★

* the beam I sought always burnt behind the glass. Death was the glass; death was between us;
* Waking, I
Pradnya K.
Sep 27, 2015 Pradnya K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, short-stories
3.5 stars
This book has eight short stories, all on different subject, sharing distinct quality of storytelling; for their is no story in them as such. Its amazing how a tiny spot on the wall takes Woolf to the tour of imagination, each scene disconnected from the other and yet forming the journey of the story. She jumps from one thought to other, a concept, an idea, a reverie or imagination of poet throughout the stories and I was like 'hang on, how did she come from fluttering petals to a a fi
May 26, 2016 bengü rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kısa-hikaye
Huzursuz, tekinsiz, endişeli hikayeler...Bir kısmında hiç öyküleme yok, uç uca dizilmiş betimlemeler ve çağrışımlardan oluşan deneme niteliğinde yazılar onlar. Hepsi çok değerli ve vermek istediği ruh halini okura büyük bir başarıyla aktarıyor ama çok benim zevkime hitap ettiğini söyleyemeyeceğim sanırım ben daha structured şeylerden hoşlanıyorum.
Feb 08, 2014 Katharine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This was my first exposure to Virginia Woolf and I think I'm going to have to put her up there with martinis and caviar -- things you're supposed to appreciate in order to seem sophisticated, but really you'd rather have beer and tuna salad.
Robledo Cabral
Feb 20, 2017 Robledo Cabral rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Most people are probably aware of Virginia Woolf’s importance, relevance and brilliance on account of her reinvention of the novel. In “Mrs. Dalloway” and “To The Lighthouse”, arguably her most celebrated works and true literary masterpieces, Mrs. Woolf finally presents to her readers her literary voice in its matchless maturity. Her prose vibrates with hope, even when she’s looking steadily into humankind’s many limitations; it overflows with vivacity, even when she’s looking at the waves and h ...more
Ebtehal Mohamed
Dec 31, 2015 Ebtehal Mohamed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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هذه المخلوقة الضعيفة الجميلة , التي ينحني لها الرجال , هذه المخلوقة المحدودة و المحاصرة التي لا تستطيع أن تفعل ما تريد , الفراشة التي لعينيها ألف سطح . ذات الأجنحة الرقيقة الناعمة , و مصاعب و أحاسيس و أحزان لا تحصي ; امرأة

من الكتب اللي الكلام ميكفيهاش .. يمكن في أجزاء الإستعارات و اللغة الوصفية و الرمزية أو طريقة السرد الغير واضحة اللي ليها اكتر من معني " لأنها متأثرة بفرويد" بتغلب فيها بدرجة بتضايق اللي مش متعود علي اسلوب فيرجينيا وولف .. بس أنا بحب طريقتها جدا .. الطريقة اللي بتخليني افكر و ا
Jun 03, 2016 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories are all generally pretty short, some just a couple of pages, they are impressionistic, and at times feel rather experimental. A few of the stories I read twice, captivated by the imagery, appreciative of the delicious prose, I found myself bemused occasionally asking myself ‘well what did she mean by that then?’ Searching for meaning particularly in the two very short pieces, which are over almost as soon as they have begun; Monday or Tuesday and Blue and Green. Woolf’s powers of o ...more
Beatriz Chavarri
¡Qué maravilla leer a Virginia Woolf en idioma original! ¡Y qué difícil fue! Pero valió la pena el esfuerzo, al menos en el caso de un libro como Monday or Tuesday, en el que todos los textos, de los más serios a los más irónicos e incluso humorísticos (no me imaginaba a la Woolf capaz de escribir algo gracioso, y "A society" es muy divertido), destacan por el lirismo del lenguaje. Tan es así que de las ocho historias que componen este volumen, al menos tres me parecen más ser un poema en prosa ...more
I've finally managed to read a complete work by Virginia Woolf.
Her imagery when it comes to describing natural landscapes is stunning, her use of words, and mostly the way in which each tale in Monday or Tuesday makes you read twice, to be aware of the fact that our perceptions are perspectives that might not have to do with how reality is.
It also denounces the situation of the women at the time, particularly in An Unwritten Novel and A Society.

It also manages to talk about war in several opp
هالةْ أمين

فيرجينا وولف هذه المرأة ستجعلني أشك بقدراتي العقلية في الإستيعاب
ثاني كتاب أقرؤه لها بعد كتابها أثر على الحائط

ويحمل نفس الطريقة مجموعة قصصية بين القصيرة والطويلة
وفي كل مرة أواجه ذات المشكلة مجموعة من الرمزيات واللغزيات
التي لا يفهمها سواها أو من هو على علم بثقافة فيرجيينا وفلسفتها
يقولون أنها تعرضت لأزمات نفسية شديدة في حياتها
حتى أنه قد تم إتهامها بالجنون
تعرضت لحالات إكتئاب عويصة
وأخيرا ... انتحرت !
بعد معرفتي بهذه الجزئية القصيرة من حياتها ل
Oct 27, 2015 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved some stories in this, and others were just okay. Woolf's writing style never fails to amaze me, and her forward thinking during her time period is also wonderful.
Yazeed AlMogren
قصص مملة من الطراز القديم
Matthew Crowe
Feb 11, 2017 Matthew Crowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very short collection of stories (barely 70 pages) that seem the testing ground for the style Woolf would implement in novels going forward (the only real exception being the straightforward but delightfully satirical “A Society”). Pieces like “Blue and Green” are barely a page long and could be argued as the origins of prose poetry. But that poetic prose can be found everywhere in this collection, from the sensations felt from an orchestra (“A String Quartet”) to observations and connections ...more
Jan 02, 2017 Jake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These are kind of stream-of consciousness short stories (some only one page long) which didn't really float my boat.
Tammy Thiele
8 short stories, conveying interesting messages, written in 1921 same time as night and day. A review at the time, saying things like it was understandable to plain minds. The first story didnt really captivate me and i asked myself why i had bothered getting a book called monday or tuesday. Apparently, the story an unwritten novel, was the one she perceived to be a major stylistic breakthrough and although i enjoyed it i didnt think the twist was great and personally preferred the society. I th ...more
I read this small collection because I've been assigned a paper on Kew Gardens, and because I can be OCD about reading, of course I needed to make my way through all eight stories before sitting down to write said paper.

I've been hesitant about tackling Woolf again, but quite a few of these were nicely accessible to me, no doubt paying to the fact that these stories are among her earlier works. The quite overt bits of feminism made me snicker, and her wielding of words is simply beautiful. You d
Feb 21, 2013 Giedre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything by Virginia Woolf before. I'm not sure why, she was one of those 'to-read-one-day' names on my list but I always feared her writing style might not be for me. So I picked this booked to get myself introduced to Mrs Woolf.

I wish I hadn't waited so long and read her books before. The writing, language and amazing insights truly mesmerised me and The Haunted House has become one of the most beautiful short stories I've ever read. Just like Mark on The Wall. I loved it. Oh,
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  • Knight's Gambit
  • Tender is the Night & The Last Tycoon
  • The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories
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  • Family Happiness
  • The Little Girls
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  • A Pair of Silk Stockings and Other Short Stories
(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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