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The Waves: Terence Davies's dramatisation of Virginia Woolf's story. Episode 1: Louis, Bernard, Neville, Jinny, Susan, and Rhoda recall their childhood and first steps into adulthood. Episode 2: Louis, Bernard, Neville, Jinny, Susan, and Rhoda struggle to come to terms with life after Percival.

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Wish it had been possible for Davies to dramatize ‘The Waves’ entirely, but am still enjoying this and have listened repeatedly as it is so well-done. Thank you to Davies for his insight and understanding of the soul of this piece and for making it widely available. Highly recommend as an introduction to Woolf’s masterpiece, as an enjoyment purely for listening pleasure, or a stepping stone to her other works. I encourage readers to endeavor to read ‘The Waves’ in print as it is staggeringly beautiful and I am grateful to Virginia for persevering to complete it. In her journals she stated it gave her much trouble and was a challenge to finish. As I’m more and more familiar with her work and am also reading ‘The Waves’ in print, I can’t help but wonder what else she would’ve produced had she lived. I have no doubt, due to her genius, she is forever, the only writer able to surpass ‘The Waves’, which in my opinion is a most important magnum opus, a perfect expression of our humanity and the enigmatic questions of who we are, why we are here and what meaning, if any, there is to life.

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  • 11-03-17

BEAUTIFUL ADAPTATION of THE WAVES

An enjoyable and quite outstanding adaptation of the Waves. A complex piece typically Virginia Woolf which makes this a real treat to have in my collection. Very well thought out and beautifully acted by a strong cast. I enjoyed the book and now can enjoy listening to this extraordinary piece of Woolf literature as though it were a film acted out before my very eyes. I wish many more of Virginia Woolf’s material was dramatised, as she has a beautiful way with words which in the right hands can be brought alive in so many ways.

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  • carole
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Very strange ,

At first,very strange, then strangely wonderful, move on to the unabridged reading, and that is really ‘grown up’, she exposes her soul. If Juliet Stevenson was reading, it would be beyond perfect.