Announcing A New Book Club! Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf!

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  1. DRS says:

    Greetings. In honour of our celebrated author, we are serving tea and biscuits on the sideboard over there. Jacob’s Room is not a novel about WWI. Just to get that out of the way. But it’s definitely a novel that could only have been written after WWI, rather than pre-war or mid-war.

    Imagine a glass vase, thick base, solid walls, that sat on the fireplace mantel for years and was admired for its (perhaps rather dated) beauty. Imagine it falling into the grate and shattering beyond repair. Imagine gathering as many of the larger pieces as you can and trying to fit them back together again, with some large gaps but with other pieces still showing the designs perfectly vivid. Imagine running your finger along the designs on the largest pieces, catching the sunlight as you turn it in your hand.

    That’s Jacob’s Room.

    We can read Chapters 1 to 5 this week and discuss in more detail as we go along. I’ll be posting some critical insights this week and also some excerpts from her diaries about the novel. Also some relevant biographical details on Woolf herself and a brief introduction to Thoby Stephen, Woolf’s brother and the catalyst for the novel.Report

  2. DRS says:

    And let us also dance a wild bacchanal fling and hurl garlands of flowers at Jaybird who has generously agreed to post this bookclub for us and has been so helpful privately with tips and suggestions for getting it started.

    Many thanks.Report

  3. Chris says:

    OK, I may have to participate simply to read more like this.Report

  4. Michelle says:

    I love Virginia Wolfe. Jacob’s Room is now downloaded on my IPad Kindle. Hooray!Report