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A Room of One's Own | [Virginia Woolf]

A Room of One's Own

A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.
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A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

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    Eleanor Canberra, Australia 06-19-12
    Eleanor Canberra, Australia 06-19-12
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    "Inspiration for all women writers and academics"
    Would you listen to A Room of One's Own again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen again whenever I need inspiration and instruction to move beyond the patriarchy of academia.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    'a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write'


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia United States 02-07-12
    Virginia United States 02-07-12
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    "The great Woolf"

    I cannot deny my fascination with Virginia Woolf ... this book i consider to be one of the best books i have ever read ... a highly recommended one especially for women ... moreover i love the narrator "Juliet Stevenson' i think she is the best ...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 01-29-12
    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excelelnt novel. Excellent Narration!"
    What did you love best about A Room of One's Own?

    Woolf's stream of consciousness. The narrator was supreme.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, for obvious reasons.


    What about Juliet Stevenson???s performance did you like?

    Excellent intonation. Crisp accent. Emotional at the right times, analytical tone at other times...perfect.


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    The freudian elements of the narrator's observations.


    Any additional comments?

    Be patient with Woolf's stream of consciousness. All comments are relevant...think about them!! Ex.:

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Seth H. Wilson Venice, CA USA 07-15-13
    Seth H. Wilson Venice, CA USA 07-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Required reading for literary critics, feminists,"
    What did you love best about A Room of One's Own?

    I love Virginia Woolf's ability to build a scene, or series of scenes, around a metaphor. The book opens in fictional Oxbridge, a conflation of Oxford and Cambridge, where Woolf's (or the narrator's--are they the same person?) journey from an opulent men-only college to the down-at-heel women's college of Fernham perfectly captures societal views towards women and education. The scenes aren't rigid enough to qualify as allegory; rather, they allow the reader to explore the ideas from a number of angles.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Though ostensibly a work of non-fiction, A Room of One's Own is replete with fictional characters, all metaphors or allegories to explore different facets of women and literature, women in literature, and literature by women. She posits a theoretical Judith Shakespeare, for example, sister to the famed playwright, to demonstrate why even a woman with tremendous talent and dedication often cannot succeed as a writer.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I can't recall any of Juliet Stevenson's other work, but I can say that her voice perfectly fits the tone of A Room of One's Own. She lends the material the dignity it deserved, and yet also captures Woolf's occasional whimsical flourishes perfectly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'm not even going to attempt to answer this question. For one thing, the audience for such a film would be so tiny that even the most intrepid indie filmmaker would pass it over without a second thought. And while there might be certain scenes or vignettes that would translate beautifully to film, the highly theoretical nature of the book would not work well on screen.


    Any additional comments?

    I recently attempted reading Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse, her stream-of-consciousness effort in the vein of James Joyce's Ulysses, and found it unpalatable. Modernist literature simply isn't to my taste. Yet I recognized her power as a writer.

    A Room of One's Own is one of the finest pieces of non-fiction I've read. I happen to be an aspiring literary critic and also, dare I say this as a man?, a feminist. Yet even forgoing all that, Woolf's powerful prose, and also her ability to temper her words with restraint, is beautiful to read.

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    Elaine Stormville, NY, United States 05-21-12
    Elaine Stormville, NY, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A classic every woman should read"
    Would you listen to A Room of One's Own again? Why?

    I'd knew Virginia Woolf mainly by reputation and knew I should read her. I was right. She has a message for today's women and despite the time that has passed, it is still relevant. This was a perfect book for listening. The narrator was clear and the book was informative. Listening to it was the perfect way to approach Woolf.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Room of One's Own?

    My most memorable phrase is that women need support in order to achieve and that only comes with the ability to earn a living.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SHALAMAR VELAZQUEZ 922 Brock Dr 04-30-14
    SHALAMAR VELAZQUEZ 922 Brock Dr 04-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    I have finished with you Virginia Woolf, and yet I am undone! What am I to do without your voice narrating to me the plight of an infinitesimal snail sashaying his way across a summer's garden…or the ostentatious way you breathe life into women post the suffrage movement? How am I to dream without you painting, with your words, brushstrokes here and there, here and there…then here! Such vivid colors when the truth, we all know, is rather stark. Yet in these incandescent rainbows lie hidden truths. The deep rooted authenticates that are bound for lack of proper appropriation, or wit, or humor, or intellect, or experience, or example…and yet here you admonish me, a true example. My sister, my brother, my androgynous muse…neither male nor female…just matter, a mind unlocked.

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    "Classic, inspiring & full of quotable quotes"

    A Room of One's Own is beautifully read by Juliet Stephenson. Virginia Woolf writes a short but thought provoking book, relevant even today. It if full of quotable quotes, including the iconic one used as the title.



    The first half of the book is a slow build up to the inspiring second.

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