Orlando by Virginia Woolf

OrlandoOrlando by Virginia Woolf

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Christmas gift from dear friend U. aka T.A. Thanks a lot!!!

Page 12 – Preface

Many friends have helped me in writing this book. Some are dead and so illustrious that I scarcely dare name them, yet no one can read or write without being perpetually in the debt of Defoe, Sir Thomas Browne, Sterne, Sir Walter Scott, Lord Macaulay, Emily Bronte, De Quincey, and Walter Pater — to name the first that come to mind. Others are alive, and though perhaps as illustrious in their own way, are less formidable for that very reason.

Page 156:

As the ninth, tenth, and eleventh strokes struck, a huge blackness sprawled over the whole of London. With the twelfth stroke of midnight, the darkness was complete. A turbulent welter of cloud covered the city. All was darkness; all was doubt; all was confusion. The Eighteenth century was over; the Nineteenth century had begun.

Orlando tells the story of a journey through time, from someone who lives for about four years, first as a man and later as a woman.

This book portrays Virginia Woolf thought about sexual duality. It is a splendid story based on some passages in the life of Vita Sackville-West.

The ebook is available for free download at eBooks@Adeliade

The movie Orlando (1992) must be splendid as well, starring Tilda Swinton as Orlando.

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