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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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Dec 14, 2012 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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 Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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,
MONDAY OR TUESDAY is eight short stories written in nineteen twenty-one by Virginia Woolf. The author, well known for her psychiatric diagnosis, retractable depression which lead to her suicide, is a keen observer of how the mind works. It is said that she could tell when an "episode" was coming on, and with the pain of immobilizing sadness, inability to think and write as before, she became an expert in psychology and what it means to be human.

Readers are the benefactors of her special knowing.
Rima Ibrahim
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
I will definitely give 5 stars to the last two stories : " Kew Gardens" and the great masterpiece "the mark on the wall" . And for the "unfinished novel" somehow too.
I love how she could gather all this world in a short story and even in a short paragraph.
Alas even in one green leaf or in one yellow ray of the sun she could creat a whole world and more to let you crushed and suffer in it. She is one of my favorite complexed writers ever.
I haven't read Virginia Woolf in years. She must be the best female writer of the 20th century -- there is just no comparison. What a genius and scary smart the way her mind works. I confess that I'm only giving these short stories 4 when I know they deserve 5 stars, because I read them on my Kindle. As if that should matter but it does. I don't feel like I read a book. I read something but it wasn't a book and it almost feels like cheating to claim I read a book. I know, I know, this commentary ...more
Oh dear, how can one describe Woolf? She definitely is so strange and unique, the writing and the mind flit from here to there, I often find myself just desperately lost, too often! And, I can't explain it, but when I review her, I also feel like I must ramble and use a lot of commas, and other punctuation, to get my point across!

I'm not one for short stories, and out of the 8 offered here, only A Society stood out; and I thought it was a wonderfully humorous, feminist tome. In the others, there
Asma Fedosia
Amazing are the stories in this book. A few gave me difficulty because of the Impressionistic images, so that I read Robert Stanley Martin's blog Pol Culture, which clarified each of the eight stories. Out of all in the "Monday or Tuesday" collection, I liked best "Kew Gardens" and "The Mark on the Wall". In these were opportunities to visualize and connect elements as I read; i.e., they avoided being unclear. In both, Woolf allows imagination to roam from a small perception to an array of thoug ...more
Amy Colville
This was the first time I read Virginia Woolf and after finishing the collection I am excited to read more. Not only are great images and sentences scattered throughout: a woman's voice sounds like "lemon on cold steel," a man gazing at the feet of the woman he is asking to marry feels "the whole of her seemed to be in her shoe," but great ideas - the satire in 'The Society' is particularly noteworthy. Woolf transforms minute details and scenarios into truly exhilarating moments - what begins wi ...more
John P

This one is difficult to critique. Ms. Woolf seems to enjoy writing; that is clear. Perhaps she likes to toy with her audience as well. She can move with ease, apparently, from flowery prose into indecipherable stream-of-consciousness and back again and does so a couple times in this work. We do know she can tell relatively clear, interesting tales (see, for example, To the Lighthouse) so the question is: what is going on here?

Can it be she writes, not for an audience per se, but really just for
Amal 88

" يحملنا النهر الحزين ويمضي . عندما يأتي القمر خلال أغصان الصفصاف المتدلية ،
أرى وجهك "

أحب الكتب التي تترك في نفسي شعور غريباً ، والغرابة في قاموسي تعني الشئ المثير للاهتمام والمحبب ، لذلك في وسط القراءة كتبت هذه الملاحظة على الكتاب ...


حزن يكمن في المبهم ، في شئ نعرفه ، نشعر بوجوده ،
في عدم قدرتنا على إدراكه مما يجعل من المتعذر تسميته ،
من الغرابة تولد أفكار متنافرة ، هامشية ، ربما ساذجة
لكنها ما تلبث أن تتراكم مخلفةً شكلاً ما ..
القراءة هنا تتخذ صوتاً أوبرالياً ..
احتفالياً يتهدج بحزن ..
ما أن يص
I picked this book because I wanted to read something 'light' from Virginia Woolf, to commemorate her passing 73 years ago. I know, reading her short stories won't require intense reading like her longer work and it's like finding another side of Virginia, who was well known more for her novels.

As usual, her language always fascinates me and I thought, this compilation of her shorter work, would be easier to read. I was wrong. Knowing that this was published in 1921, 4 years before Mrs. Dalloway
I LOVED the first few stories in this collection. "The Haunted House" and "Society" were remarkable. Woolf's stream of conscience style was really brought to the forefront in these stories. Her prose are incredibly poetic, and she weaves language in a way that presents images and ideas in a viseral way.

This was a nice segway into some of Woolf's later works. I'm looking forward to delving deeper into this auhor's works.
Perry Whitford
Eight short pieces from Woolf, some of which showcase her stream-of-consciousness style to good effect and some of which are merely impressionistic doodles, though still fine.
I particularly liked five of them.

'The Haunted House' is a brief ghost story, only like no other.
'The Society' is very funny, a group of women deciding to forswear having children before they have used their education and liberty to look into the world of men to see if it's worthwhile continuing the race.
'Monday or Tuesday
Rachel Jackson
I could barely make it through this collection of Virginia Woolf short stories. Perhaps it's because I'm not used to her style — indeed, this is the first Woolf piece I've ever read — but I could not get into the langauge of her stories. I thought it was limited to only "A Haunted House," the first story, but as the book went on I found myself bored and annoyed at Woolf's enigmatic, symbolic, incomplete sentences.

I'm only rating this book two stars instead of just one because of "A Society." I t
Alexis L
A lovely collection of short stories exploring themes dear to her, such as stream-of-consciousness, psychological insight, the plight of women, the inner lives of the people she passed daily. She also captures the headiness of 1920s London life, with its omnibuses and crowds. I particularly enjoyed 'An unwritten novel', in which a moment of eye contact with a woman on a train leads to a pondering about her life, and 'The Kew Gardens', which documents the inner lives of several people walking thr ...more
Moira Russell
Also going to try to read this one quite slowly. One story at a time, and then breaks, I think.
I love Virginia Woolf. Her ability to interweave philosophy and life is wonderfully understated.
Christina Dawn

THE PORTED fingers of glass hang downwards. The light slides down the glass, and drops a pool of green. All day long the ten fingers of the lustre drop green upon the marble. The feathers of parakeets—their harsh cries—sharp blades of palm trees—green, too; green needles glittering in the sun. But the hard glass drips on to the marble; the pools hover above the dessert sand; the camels lurch through them; the pools settle on the marble; rushes edge them; weeds clog them; here and there a wh
I enjoyed how the brevity of these pieces lent Woolf's voice a frenetic energy (exemplified masterfully in "An Unwritten Novel" and closing piece "The Mark on the Wall") that is only momentarily present in her longer works. Fittingly, many of the stories exist as intensely sensitive accounts of neurotic half-gestures, as in "A Haunted House" (one of my favorite short stories ever), in which the accumulation of such gestures suffuses a place in a way that I imagine a real haunting might "work"--w ...more
Damarcus Williams
This review was written for my English Class. Honestly I wouldn't even consider this a book more just of a really long poem. The book features amazing imagery with the words that are used the the scenery that is described throughout the whole story paints the perfect picture. There is a constant contrast of elements throughout the story such as light and dark. Honestly I feel as if there is no deep hidden i idea to be realized after I read it again. The story seems as if I was just written to so ...more
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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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