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A Haunted House and Other Stories: The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf (Vintage Classics)

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Acclaimed on its first publication, rich in fictional delights, this complete collection of Virginia Woolf's shorter fiction ranges from 1906 until the month before she died in 1941. The volume offers us an invaluable insight into Virginia Woolf's development as a writer, vividly demonstrating her evolving characterisations, narrative methods and themes, often elaborated i ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published April 3rd 2003 by Vintage Classics (first published 1921)
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Jan 13, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, shorts, read-2016
“Safe, safe, safe,” the heart of the house beats proudly. “Long years—” he sighs. “Again you found me.” “Here,” she murmurs, “sleeping; in the garden reading; laughing, rolling apples in the loft. Here we left our treasure—” Stooping, their light lifts the lids upon my eyes. “Safe! safe! safe!” the pulse of the house beats wildly. Waking, I cry “Oh, is this your buried treasure? The light in the heart.”~The Haunted House
"Come, dream with me," beckons Virginia Woolf in this collection of eight
Terry Ferrell
Jun 03, 2012 Terry Ferrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Calling this collection "short stories" can be slightly misleading. I understand why a lot of people hate Woolf's writing; I really do get it. Reading Woolf reminds me of the first time I tasted beer and wine: I took a sip and then politely declined any further tastings for a while. After a while, I decided I was missing something, so I gave them both another try. After the 5th or maybe 500th sip, I realized I was beginning to enjoy the taste. Such as it was with Woolf. The first time I read her ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristen by: Not Blake, who knew all along how insanely awesome Virgina Woolf is and failed to tell me! Why would he want to keep this from me?!?!?
So fucking beautiful and dark it makes my soul ache.

My Favorites:

Solid Objects:
"his eyes lost their intensity, or rather the background of thought and experience which gives an inscrutable depth to the eyes of grown people disappeared, leaving only the clear transparent surface, expressing nothing but wonder, which the eyes of young children display."

Kew Gardens:
"and in the drone of the aeroplane the voice of the summer sky murmured its fierce soul. Yellow and black, pink and snow white, shapes
Virginia Woolf's prose is quite lovely in this collection of short stories. Here she offers the reader a glimpse into some raw scatterings of thoughts; these are transient pieces beautifully unvarnished. The reader will also find short compositions which begin to unravel some of her ideas for new novels, unwritten novels. Furthermore, a good handful of these short stories quite gently brush against characters from a now complete, established and well-known novel - Mrs. Dalloway and friends are i ...more
Sep 09, 2015 MissSugarTown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une bonne introduction à Virginia Woolf, ce recueil de nouvelles écrites tout au long de sa vie permet de découvrir ses différents univers et idées et leur évolution avec le temps. J'ai plus apprécié ses dernières nouvelles que celles écrites plus jeune, après l'âge de 35 ans je l'ai trouvée bien plus rebelle !
Nov 11, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short, impressionistic stories by the woman who famously pioneered the stream of consciousness technique, and equally famously drowned herself by filling her pockets with stones and walking into a lake.

Typical of her style is the following start and end paragraphs from the title story:

Whatever hour you woke there was a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting here, opening there, making sure – a ghostly couple.
‘Here we left it,’ she said. And he added, ‘O
Elham Ghafarzadeh
Nov 24, 2015 Elham Ghafarzadeh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
این کتاب مجموعه داستان های کوتاه نویسنده رو شامل میشه که خیلی هاشون طرح داستان بودن تا خودِ داستان.. برای شروع کتاب خوبی نیست که از ویرجینیا وولف میشه خوند.. باید اول رفت سراغ رمان هاش..
Mar 07, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure the short story format really suits Virginia's style. These aren't so much compact, little stories as they are iridescent fragments of stories. I get the impression she was more interested in questions than she was in answers and only ever gave a concluding thought because she had to. Her prose here is exquisite, as always.

(If anyone can explain The Shooting Party or The Searchlight to me, please do!)
Eddie Watkins
Jan 05, 2015 Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-fiction
Not all the stories are of equal quality (some, according to the intro, not quite finished sketches), but the writing and the observations (focus on minute particulars - the shade cast by a leaf more important in the moment than a war another world away) as well as the unwavering precedence given to highly sensitized individuals (and their relations with other highly sensitized individuals) are consistent and absolutely enthralling and inspiring.
Jul 13, 2010 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
From Monday or Tuesday
“Lazy and indifferent, shaking space easily from his wings, knowing his way, the heron passes over the church beneath the sky” (6).
From An Unwritten Novel
“Such an expression of unhappiness was enough by itself to make one’s eyes slide above the edge to the poor woman’s face—insignificant without that look, almost a symbol of human destiny with it” (8).
“Five faces opposite—five mature faces—and the knowledge in each face. Strange, though, how people want to conceal it!” (8).
russell barnes
Wow, what a brilliant little collection of short stories. I love Virginia Woolf, but sometimes you've got to steel yourself to wade through her novels, content in the knowledge you're only going to get about 80% of what's going on.

However in this slim volume you not only get perfect little morsels of Woolf's stream of consciousness style, and her contained explorations of her characters inner thoughts and reflections which are stimulated by outside actions, without having to wade through pages
fatima pure
Dec 30, 2013 fatima pure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this story that carries a deep feeling of hope and ambition .It takes me to a fantasy world where the precious love exist between people ;where in reality it is hard to find that treasure that the ghostly couple eventually found in deep inside of each one of them.<3
This 134 pages book is my introduction to Virginia Woolf. The prose is quite lovely though it does read like a rambling, scattering thoughts at times. When that happens,it gets depressing, confusing, and almost torturous.

Some of the pieces also feature Mrs. Dalloway and her friends. I haven’t read that novel but what I have read of them doesn’t inspire me to make a move to do so either. I just am not that into Woolf’s writing, though this is wholly based on my experience with this collection of
Greetings from Praha. A lovely short-story by Virginia Woolf.
Greg Youmans
Feb 16, 2014 Greg Youmans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I gather that my version of the book isn't the same one that some of the other reviews here are referencing. Mine is a paperback with a different cover, published in 1949, and features Leonard Woolf's selection of Virginia Woolf's stories made soon after her death.)

Many of the stories are wonderful. Stand outs for me are "Kew Gardens," "The Mark on the Wall," "The New Dress," "Solid Objects," "Moments of Being" (aka "Slater's Pins Have No Points"), and "A Summing Up."

The first six stories were
I spotted the orange library binding of this book a split-second before I saw "Woolf" on its spine. Those wonderful thick, sturdy covers that one saw so much more commonly back when the world was young. This copy was the original 1944 American edition, a "Wartime Book" whose title page assures us it is in full compliance with regulations "conserving paper and other essential materials." And when one starts on the individual stories, printed chronologically, the reader finds himself in a similarl ...more
Paula Cappa
Feb 04, 2013 Paula Cappa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a Woolf fan actually, but these short stories were interesting bites of her style. Generally I find her prose to be a bit obtuse and the stream of consciousness prose heavy. I get a bit weary of overhearing the characters' meandering thoughts and their fragmented complexities; and her long sentences tend to leave me mentally breathless. But one short story in this anthology, A Haunted House, was a lovely story about ghosts that I really enjoyed probably because it was more direct than he ...more
lauren ♡
I just wanted a quick and short classic to read and I stumbled across this. I really liked the premise and appreciated the symbolism Virgina was using and the overall meaning, but it was kind of underwhelming. It just didn't really have any kind of impact on me.
Saman Kashi
آدمها نبايد در اتاقهايشان آينه آويزان كنند. همانطور كه نبايد دفترچههاي حساب پسانداز يا نامههايي را پيش چشم ديگران بگذارند كه جنايتي پنهان را افشا ميكنند. در آن بعدازظهر تابستان، نميتوانستي در آينهي قدي كه بر ديوار تالار آويخته بود نگاه نكني. همه چيز از سر تصادف بود. نه تنها ميتوانستي از ته كاناپهي اتاق پذيرايي، ميز مرمر مقابل را در آينهي ايتاليايي ببيني، وراي آن امتداد باغ را نيز ميديدي. تا جايي كه حاشيهي طلايي آينه زاويهاي ميساخت و تصوير را قطع ميكرد كوچه باغ سرسبزي را ميديدي كه در دو طرف، ميان ...more
* I only read A Haunted House
Leslie Graff
Feb 18, 2015 Leslie Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woolf is a difficult read for me. I don't find her writing natural or intuitive, at least as far as an intellectual experience. I can "feel" her work and I certainly have been trained to read it, but it always feels like work to me. Well, that is, her fiction feels like work but I'm certain that's a personal bias towards more traditional realism as I love "A Room of One's Own." This collection of short stories is no exception. At times, I grew bored and found myself simply turning pages. Other t ...more
Apr 15, 2016 Dora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Ενα στοιχειωμένο σπίτι και άλλα διηγήματα". Εκδόσεις Πατακη.

Η Βιρτζινια Γουλφ γράφει πεζά, τα οποία όμως θυμίζουν περισσότερο ποιήματα. Μικρές κοφτές προτασεις. Περιγραφές που παρασύρουν τον αναγνώστη από το ένα μέρος στο άλλο. Φωτισμός των πιο αναπαντεχων λεπτομερειών στον χώρο. Περιπλάνηση στις αναμνήσεις της συγγραφεως με μία τεχνική που θυμίζει αυτόματη γραφή. Ένας συνεχής εσωτερικός μονόλογος και ταυτόχρονα ερωταποκρισεις ανάμεσα σε πρόσωπα που θέλει ο αναγνώστης να ψυχογραφησει, αλλά δεν
Duane Bowker
Aug 22, 2015 Duane Bowker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think referring to this book as a collection of short stories is a bit misleading. They are not at all like the short works of Annie Proulx or Flannery O'Conner, for example, which consistently contain an excellent story within a very few pages. Virginia Woolf, when constrained to writing just a few pages, does not really tell stories as much as she delivers detailed impressions of moments in time including the running stream of consciousness that occurs in those moments. This is indeed someth ...more
Sep 21, 2010 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Snail tracks all over my windows today and I immediately thought of "Kew Gardens" and "The Mark on the Wall" and their snails and headed off to read those stories. Woolf is a lush stylist and it's easy to become lost in the language. The stories in the collection don't hold me as stories, but there's a world in the words.
Assala Mihoubi
Dec 30, 2013 Assala Mihoubi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it so much!! it absolutely resemble the immortal love and attraction, even with some terrifying aspects, it still represent the treasure inside us, in between. At least they found out that the treasure was there all the time.
unbelievably romantic and I'm so in the atmosphere.
Nicholas Trandahl
An absolutely stunning collection. If I hadn't already started reading Virginia Woolf with 'To the Lighthouse', this would have been an excellent introduction to her writing style. I highly recommend it. I liked just about every little piece of fiction in here but my favorites are 'Kew Gardens'and 'Lappin and Lapinova'. 'Lappin and Lapinova' is the best short story that I've ever read. It rings so true to my own life and secret things that I share with my fiancee. Beautiful.
It's crazy that my fa
Apr 10, 2011 ablomof rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
هر کاری کردم نتونستم باهاش ارتباط برقرار کنم اولین کتابیه که وسطاش ولش میکنم
Aug 14, 2008 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thick, dense prose. Deeply allegorical.
Nov 20, 2014 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More a series of impressions and reflections, with a couple stellar exceptions (See "Lappin and Lapinova" or "Solid Objects"). But as some have noted, Woolf seems stifled by the SS format, becomes overly reliant on frames and where plot is strong the seductive prose we love her for diminishes. Despite this, Leonard has compiled a beautiful collection of pieces which are haunting, contemplative, and whimsical. Often the Dalloways serve as connective tissue which should please fans of that novel, ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Haunted House" has become my favorite short story of all time. So dense and beautiful in two and a half pages. "Safe, safe, safe," the pulse of the house beat gladly. "The Treasure yours." My daughter Ash's favorite from "Monday or Tuesday": "Lazy and indifferent, shaking space easily from his wings, the heron passes over the church beneath the sky." Another great description of childhood from "Solid Objects": "That impulse, too, may have been the impulse which leads a child to pick up one pe ...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.

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