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Night and Day by Virginia Woolf (REVIEW)

Night and Day offers a different experience for readers familiar with other Woolf novels. The work itself is fairly long, and its romantic focus lends it the air of a Victorian novel.

8 months ago

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Night and Day by Virginia Woolf (1882-1941). Published by planksip
Night and Day by Virginia Woolf (1882-1941). Published by planksip

Night and Day by Virginia Woolf (1882-1941). Published by planksip

A Critic's Meta Review: 4/5

Review

Night and Day offers a different experience for readers familiar with other Woolf novels. The work itself is fairly long, and its romantic focus lends it the air of a Victorian novel. This is far from the whole story, however. Night and Day is less Victorian than it is modernist and the pessimistic atmosphere of the story makes it more of an elegy to Victorian literature than the real thing. There are more than a few glimpses of Woolf’s later style, especially with regard to the preference for thoughts over words.  The reader is frequently guided by what the characters are thinking rather than doing, with the writer telling us more than the characters themselves know.


Published 8 months ago