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Orlando by Virginia Woolf
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May 16, 09

But Sasha who after all had no English blood in her but was from Russia where the sunsets are longer, the dawns less sudden, and sentences often left unfinished from doubt as to how best to end them --

Memory is the seamstress, and a capricious one at that.

But Time, unfortunately, though it makes animals and vegetables bloom and fade with amazing punctuality, has no such simple effect upon the man of mind.

the seconds began to round and fill until it seemed as if they would never fall.

his whole past, which seemed to him of extreme length and variety, rushed into the falling second, swelled it a dozen times its natural size, coloured it a thousand tints, and filled it with all the odds and ends in the universe.

Instantly -- such is its impetuosity -- love took a human shape -- such is its pride. For where other thoughts are content to remain abstract, nothing will satisfy this one but to put on flesh and blood, mantilla and petticoats, hose and jerkin.

The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver.

then the lights went out and the stars rose and tangled themselves about the sky.

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Ally The brand new group - Bright Young Things - is nominating books to read in January & Orlando is among them. Its the perfect place to discuss your favourite books and authors from the early 20th Century, why not take a look...

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