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A very slow build, as is Woolf's wont, but a deeply satisfying, hypnotic story. Stevenson's narration is pitch perfect.
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If you could sum up The Voyage Out in three words, what would they be?
Subtle, painterly, psychological
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Voyage Out?
Rachel's final illness and the reactions of all the novel's characters to this event.
Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?
The main character, Rachel Vinrace.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This work, often dismissed as an "early" effort, not yet up to Woolf's "mature" accomplishments, is a transcendent fusion of literary artistry and psychological insight. Woolf is without peer in describing a scene of a number of characters, each with his or her own concerns and thoughts, viewing the world through the filters of their own experience. She paints with words the subtleties of thought and emotion the way Monet paints light. This is not a book of "action" or "plot development" in the customary sense. Even "character development" seems too crude a phrase to describe a process by which characters come to the verge of a deeper understanding of themselves, and occasionally each other. In Woolf's world, the gulfs that separate individuals are perilous and largely uncrossable, though the characters may reach out to each other as best they can. It is a world of simultaneous beauty and pathos, transcendence and banality, simultaneously modernist and classical.Juliet Stevenson reads with a clarity of character rendition that matches the prose. She imbues the characters with personality liveliness, even the most minor, and captures the characteristically internal action of the book with luminous understanding.