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February Book Club: Orlando

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
What did you think?

I love the style and rhythm of Virginia Woolf's writing, but I'll admit I skimmed some of the wordier descriptive passages.

The moments that have stuck with me are the scenes with Elizabeth I and the moment Orlando first enters a bookshop.

What do you think Woolf is trying to say about gender (if anything)? Do you think she is poking fun at the idea of biography or is there something more profound about the magical nature of Orlando's life? What is the damn' Oak Tree all about?!

Incidentally, I found this article by Tilda Swinton on the impact the book had on her. It's interesting!

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I think she's definitely poking fun at the style of some biographers, but not necessarily at biography per se. Was it me, or did the voice change in each chapter?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I think she's definitely poking fun at the style of some biographers, but not necessarily at biography per se. Was it me, or did the voice change in each chapter?

    I thought the voice changed at least each chapter. Like we never really knew if we were seeing the whole story.
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