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The Waves (1931)

by Virginia Woolf

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"The Waves is one of the greatest achievements in modern literature. Commonly considered the most important, challenging and ravishingly poetic of Virginia Woolf's novels, it was in her own estimation 'the most complex and difficult of all my books'. This edition will be the most authoritative, most fully collated and annotated text available to scholars to date, and for considerable time to come. It maps the text of The Waves from the first British edition to all other editions published in Woolf's lifetime, as well as to all extant proofs. The text is presented in clearly readable form, with page-by-page direction to emendation, variants, and notes. The substantial introduction includes a detailed account of the novel's composition, publication and early critical reception. There are extensive explanatory notes on the text, a full chronology of composition and publication and a more general chronology covering Woolf's life and works"--… (more)
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Sentimenti, paure, angosce, sogni, disillusioni, disincanto e speranze si susseguono nei monologhi di questi personaggi quasi frantumati, estroflessi da se stessi, divenuti pure voci, puri sussurri, puro pensiero che esterna ed esprime la propria personale natura, onde nel mare della vita che, sia pur in un ciclico desiderio, mai riesce realmente a raggiunger del tutto la tanto agognata riva. Lo ritengo un capolavoro assoluto, una storia che sembra voler racchiudere in sè le mille sfaccettature dell'esistenza, la sfida dell'uomo a una vita che può dirsi vinta solo quando si soggioga la paura della stessa morte e si accetta il proprio vissuto sinanche nelle sue ombre. Un narrato pacato e seducente che con "Gita al faro" e "Mrs Dalloway" , desta tuttora la stima da me nutrita verso quest'autrice straordinaria. ( )
  Carlomascellani73 | Oct 30, 2020 |
At last, I have read a Woolf book which doesn't live up to the hype. The Waves is an interesting experiment, as most of her books are, but this one feels much clunkier than the others. That's perhaps by design; if, say, Dalloway is an opera, this is an oratorio, or perhaps just someone standing on stage reading a script with excessive use of recitativo.

Others have become rapt by the language. I was, comparatively, unmoved; it reminds me of the way mediocre poets... read... their... POETRY ... inpublic, as if every line and every word were too freighted with meaning to be passed over, until the poem's end, when the poet collapses under the weight of his own genius. I'm sure Woolf knew that, but wanted to give it a go anyway.

Despite these flaws, it's still Woolf, and she's still trying new things, and almost every other novelist is, at best, worse than her worst, and less interesting than her least interesting. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
Searching for meaning
through pointless repetition
distinguished by grief. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
Read purely for pleasure and not for review. The perfect mix of poetical prose and one of my favorite books. I will read this book over, and over, and over again ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
Dos livros mais profundos que li até a hoje, em que a impossibilidade do ser é tema. Desde cedo, a solidão assola o ser humano, começa na infância e reflecte-se em cada fase de modo distinto. Tem 6 personagens e uma 7ª que nunca toma a palavra e que parece "ser o coração do livro". Cada ser individual procura distinguir-se dos outros, de modo a esclarecer melhor os seus limites externos.
De um modo geral, cada um nasce com a sua individualidade que é moldada pelo tempo e pela influência de 3ºs.
Cada um tenta da melhor forma "combater o inimigo", que é comum a todos e se manifesta por 3 vezes sendo que a 3ª vez não é a Morte física!
O livro é de uma sensatez e lucidez agonizantes. Em que a única palavra que parece definir o tempo entre o início e o fim, é a solidão. Gostava de deixar aqui também a ideia de que, quase maquiavelicamente, a seguir à Segunda-feira vem sempre uma Terça. E, por isso as ondas avançam, recolhem para de novo se esbaterem na areia.
O Sol quando nasce, subtilmente deixa à vista a ausência de luz, as sombras.
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  pondipat | Dec 11, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Woolf, Virginiaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
BascoveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bell, VanessaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bosch, AndrésTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bosse-Sporleder, MariaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Flint, KateEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garnett, AngelicaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oliver, Maria AntòniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parsons, DeborahIntroduction and Notessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodrigues, LucíliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wajsbrot, CécileTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The sun had not yet risen.
The sun had not yet risen. The sea was indistinguishable from the sky, except that the sea was slightly creased as if a cloth had wrinkles in it. Gradually as the sky whitened a dark line lay on the horizon dividing the sea from the sky and the grey cloth became barred with thick strokes moving, one after another, beneath the surface, following each other, pursuing each other, perpetually.”
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There is nothing staid, nothing settled in this universe. All is rippling, all is dancing; all is quickness and triumph.
Percival has died (he died in Egypt; he died in Greece; all deaths are one death).
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"The Waves is one of the greatest achievements in modern literature. Commonly considered the most important, challenging and ravishingly poetic of Virginia Woolf's novels, it was in her own estimation 'the most complex and difficult of all my books'. This edition will be the most authoritative, most fully collated and annotated text available to scholars to date, and for considerable time to come. It maps the text of The Waves from the first British edition to all other editions published in Woolf's lifetime, as well as to all extant proofs. The text is presented in clearly readable form, with page-by-page direction to emendation, variants, and notes. The substantial introduction includes a detailed account of the novel's composition, publication and early critical reception. There are extensive explanatory notes on the text, a full chronology of composition and publication and a more general chronology covering Woolf's life and works"--

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