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“I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.”

Innovative and deeply poetic, The Waves is often regarded as Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece. It begins with six children—three boys and three girls—playing in a garden by the sea, and follows their lives as they grow up, experience friendship and love, and grapple with the death of their beloved friend Percival. Instead of describing their outward expressions of grief, Woolf draws her characters from the inside, revealing their inner lives: their aspirations, their triumphs and regrets, their awareness of unity and isolation.
 

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“Clear, bright, burnished, at once marvelously accurate and subtly connotative. The pure, delicate sensibility found in this language and the moods that it expresses are a true kind of poetry.”— The New York Times
 

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VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882–1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels, including Mrs. Dalloway, To The Lighthouse, and Orlando.

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Brian C.
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A semi-successful experiment...
Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2020
For the first 50 or 100 pages of The Waves I was enthralled. Late in the novel Woolf has a character muse on the blurry outlines of our everyday consciousness where there is a "rushing stream of broken dreams, nursery rhymes, street cries, half-finished sentences and... See more
For the first 50 or 100 pages of The Waves I was enthralled. Late in the novel Woolf has a character muse on the blurry outlines of our everyday consciousness where there is a "rushing stream of broken dreams, nursery rhymes, street cries, half-finished sentences and sights...There is nothing one can fish up in a spoon; nothing one can call an event. Yet it is alive too and deep, this stream" (255-256). Woolf has set herself the task of describing six lives from the standpoint of this stream which can never truly be captured in language and the novel is at times revelatory. One learns a lot about oneself reading this book.

However, it is difficult to sustain for 300 pages. While there are priceless gems scattered throughout the whole book after 50 or 100 pages it becomes a bit repetitive and tedious and I found myself longing for the surface. It just felt like too much to be submerged in this stream for 300 straight pages. I think in general there needs to be rhythm in works of fiction. If there is a climax there also have to be duller sections and periods of build up and return. If there are revelations or epiphanies they need to be separated by periods of routine. If there is profound poetry there also need to be sections of plain prose. This novel seemed to me to be an attempt at pure poetry, every line made an attempt to be deep and profound, every moment needed to give birth to some new epiphany, and it is too much. We lose the rhythm of the waves and of life. The novel was missing the rhythmic returns to normalcy that are necessary to highlight the moments of exceptional clarity and beauty.

There are lots of interesting themes in the novel involving the nature of identity, the self, language, consciousness, and so on and there are some tremendously beautiful lines and insights that I will return to over the years so the book is worth reading. It is also a tremendous feat to have written this book and I have the utmost respect and admiration for Woolf for not only attempting it but succeeding as well as anyone possibly could. But I don''t think the experiment was ultimately entirely successful. We cannot live in the stream. We can dive occasionally and bring back a pearl or a shiny rock but we also need to breathe the air and forget about the stream for extended periods of time. While I gathered some pearls along the way, and am grateful for them, by the time I finished the book I was ready for some fresh air.
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CiscoD
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A brilliant book, full of typographic glitches not Virginia Woolf''s.
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2017
It is, of course, a brilliant experimental novel by one of the greatest minds of English literature. Not for everyone, but the writing is astonishing. Its reputation and Woolf''s are well established. I''m only writing this review to have the opportunity to complain about the... See more
It is, of course, a brilliant experimental novel by one of the greatest minds of English literature. Not for everyone, but the writing is astonishing. Its reputation and Woolf''s are well established. I''m only writing this review to have the opportunity to complain about the Kindle edition, which was clearly scanned and never thereafter edited, so it''s full of glitches that thump and bump the reader like potholes. One pauses and wonders did she mean "Ups" or "lips?" Of course, it''s obvious, but why have to guess? The book must be pure profit at this point. It''s embarrassing that the publisher had no more pride in their work than this. Still, a fine read.
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Lewis Baker
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Listen to the Voices of Childhood Friends Surging On the Beaches of Memory
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2016
The Waves is a 20th century prose poetic study in childhood relationships. The children are like the author very intelligent and insightful and what a reader takes away is the poetic musical language of remembrances and psychological discoveries of recall from youth and the... See more
The Waves is a 20th century prose poetic study in childhood relationships. The children are like the author very intelligent and insightful and what a reader takes away is the poetic musical language of remembrances and psychological discoveries of recall from youth and the compounded effect of later life. If you like the language of youth and the discoveries of heartfelt sentiment this may be appealing to you. If you''re looking for standard prose storytelling this will not be an easy read. Sample the text and at least try engaging Woolf''s extraordinary mind as she unveils the remembrances of the wave-like encounters of current and past friends from childhood. A relatively short work makes the reading of this experimental novel even more approachable for someone new to psychologically complex studies of time recollected from youth.
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Phil Clapham
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Unique in English literature... if you love language, read this book
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2014
I have been a devoted fan of Virginia Woolf since I was a teenager and first discovered the brilliance of her writing in "To The Lighthouse"... after which I devoured everything she had written, including her diaries and essays. There is nothing else like The Waves in the... See more
I have been a devoted fan of Virginia Woolf since I was a teenager and first discovered the brilliance of her writing in "To The Lighthouse"... after which I devoured everything she had written, including her diaries and essays. There is nothing else like The Waves in the whole of English literature, before or since. The best summary of it I have ever heard was the author Jeanette Winterson''s comment that it represented "a 200-page insult to mediocrity". Indeed it does.

Six characters, followed from childhood to old age, narrating what they see, think and feel, always in the present tense. As with her other novels, Woolf''s insights into the individual''s inner realm of emotion and thought are keen and complex. But the true magic of the book lies in the writing and the way all this is expressed. The language is uniquely lyrical; Woolf''s words almost paint pictures on the page.

This is not to say that The Waves is for everyone. So try this simple test: pick it off the shelf in a bookstore and read the first dozen or so pages. You will likely have one of two reactions: either that it is extraordinary, magical prose poetry, or a less prosaic "Huh?" If you''re in the latter category, don''t read the rest... and if you''re still curious about Woolf, start with To The Lighthouse or Mrs Dalloway, both of which are more conventional in their form (though Woolf''s work can rarely be termed conventional).

I return to this book every few years as I myself advance in age and can relate more directly to a different part of the characters'' lives. The old dinner party question about which three or four books one would take to a desert island finds, for me, one of its answers here in this wonderful, unique novel (for the record, the others would be Dostoevsky''s Brothers Karamazov, Tolkien''s Lord of the Rings, some good trash - maybe James Clavell''s "Shogun" - and an anthology of poetry of my own choosing).
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Sallie Reynolds
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So very English
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2020
Read it for the first time thirty years ago, and tucked it in the back of my mind. Reread now - exquisite. And so English, so English intellectual, that I no longer feel invited in.
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Ancient Arch
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The Waves want destruction
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020
The Waves are present through out history and our lives are merely a drop in its oceans. Virginia Woolf is a deeply stirring writer... and depression kills.
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Javier Santa
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Great!!
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2020
I love it. I enjoyed very much for my very first time reading from her. I will recomend it to others, and some of her written were used on the film All the Bright Place from the Book Violet and Finch.
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Ronnie Tyler
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Excellent experimental Woolf.
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2020
Brilliant, just a jewel of a book. Hard to give a decent and coherent review for this one, so I’ll just give it the highest recommendation. Wonderful.
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Des Lewis
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meaning will seep into your mind
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2021
Some passages that cannot be conveyed, only luxuriated in for real. Give the text a go, as its meaning will seep into your mind, as characters are apotheosised in their growing age, in various extrapolations of existence, such as birds. The detailed review of this book...See more
Some passages that cannot be conveyed, only luxuriated in for real. Give the text a go, as its meaning will seep into your mind, as characters are apotheosised in their growing age, in various extrapolations of existence, such as birds. The detailed review of this book posted elsewhere under my name is too long to post here. Above is one of its conclusions.
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SassyShopper48
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Re: Recommended book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 7, 2021
This is the first time l''ve ever read a book by Virginia Woolf, it is certainly different to other books l have read. A friend explained the book to me and then it made more sense - you''re reading their thoughts not a conversation, once l knew that it made reading easier...See more
This is the first time l''ve ever read a book by Virginia Woolf, it is certainly different to other books l have read. A friend explained the book to me and then it made more sense - you''re reading their thoughts not a conversation, once l knew that it made reading easier and l have enjoyed the book. Would recommend this book/author to other readers. Other book l purchased at the same time was Whose''s afraid of Virginia Woolf - next to read.......
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Mr Baggs
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Very Interesting - some cha;llenges
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 8, 2015
Not for the faint hearted reader! The style of writing and the the format of the book are something quite different. Here you will find in analysis of the psyche which scratches beneath the surface to reveal the subjects as they are, rather than as they would wish to...See more
Not for the faint hearted reader! The style of writing and the the format of the book are something quite different. Here you will find in analysis of the psyche which scratches beneath the surface to reveal the subjects as they are, rather than as they would wish to appear. The chronological approach emphasizes changes - one is constantly asking what is genetic, what is learned? As an in depth writing the book is interesting - there are brilliant passages, some a little abstract.
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Excellent
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2021
Read this when I was 15 and was told to write in the style of Virginia Woolf when I was 16 or 17. He marked my work highly commended and it made me feel so good. I am really looking forward to rereading The Waves, along with Mrs Dalloway. A treat lies in store ...
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Good service
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2018
Good service Book as described
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