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Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid by Virginia Woolf
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Mar 17, 11

bookshelves: challenge-2010-2011, read-in-english, brit-lit, non-fiction, beautiful-covers
Read from March 10 to 17, 2011

Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid by Virginia Woolf is a collection of ten short essays:

1) Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid,
2) Street Haunting,
3) Oxford Street Tide,
4) Craftsmanship,
5) The Art of Biography,
6) How It Strikes a Contemporary,
7) Why?,
8) The Patron and the Crocus,
9) Modern Fiction,
10) How Should One Read a Book?

Most of the essays (4-10) dealt with Literature and Writing and these were great - Woolf's intelligence, wit and humour fascinated me in every one of them. "Street Haunting" was amazing, it reminded me of "Poem of Ecstasy" by Scriabin and Mrs Dalloway. "Oxford Street Tide" gives a picutre of London's Oxford Street that situates you in an atmosphere similar to one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tales. Finally, let me say a few words to the essay giving this small volume it's name: "Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid" left me wanting for something when I finished it. I wondered if it was cut short (but there was no sign, so that cannot be the case) because she didn't 'convince' me as much as her writing usually does - the way I remembered it from A Room of One's Own. I re-read it to see if it was my mistake - maybe I didn't read with enough concentration or something. After the second try I saw the points she wanted to make in a brighter light but nevertheless, a feeling of uneasiness stuck. Maybe the reason for this feeling is that I wasn't convinced with the impression of plains flying over her house WHILE she was writing it - which does not mean that she is lying but that she did not make it vividly in her essay. I didn't really feel her fear or anxiousness. All in all, it is a good essay but not as good as the other ones of this collection in my opinion.
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