This was my first reading of Virginia Woolf. The first page hooked me. How could I not be intrigued by a book that references Bronte and Rossetti?
I foThis was my first reading of Virginia Woolf. The first page hooked me. How could I not be intrigued by a book that references Bronte and Rossetti?
I found Virginia Woolf to be an incredibly independent thinker. Fascinating the way she connects things together. Her analysis of the plight of women's creativity so often unexpressed because of child bearing, poverty, no privacy or time to create....was all right on. I now understand why she is considered the mother of the women's liberation movement.
Simply put, I was so impressed by her brain! This book is one that could be read and studied many times over. It was not an easy read. VW doesn't use paragraphs much, and that made it difficult. The writing seemed to vacillate between bright jewels of profound observation and recommendation and totally boring tangents that I just had to get through.
However, I must say, the bright spots were worth it. I'm glad I read it. And it is fairly marked up with highlighter.
I want to say thank you to Virginia Woolf, for putting into words the special challenges that women have to live out their creative lives. And to name what it is that women need to create, "A room of one's own and $5000 pounds a year." And to plead with women to write their truths. Not just their truths in relation to who they are mothers to or wives to....but their own authentic truths.
Brilliant woman, Virginia Woolf. I'm glad to be getting to know her....more