The Voyage Out

Written by:
Virginia Woolf
Narrated by:
Grant Hurlock

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2016
17 hours 40 minutes
The Voyage Out is the first novel by Virginia Woolf, published in 1915 by Duckworth; and published in the U.S. in 1920 by Doran. One of Woolf's wittiest social satires.

Rachel Vinrace embarks for South America on her father's ship and is launched on a course of self-discovery in a kind of modern mythical voyage. The mismatched jumble of passengers provide Woolf with an opportunity to satirize Edwardian life. The novel introduces Clarissa Dalloway, the central character of Woolf's later novel, Mrs. Dalloway.

E. M. Forster described it as "... a strange, tragic, inspired book whose scene is a South America not found on any map and reached by a boat which would not float on any sea, an America whose spiritual boundaries touch Xanadu and Atlantis... It is absolutely unafraid... Here at last is a book which attains unity as surely as Wuthering Heights, though by a different path." (Introduction from Wikipedia)
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Brilliantly written but very long drawn out and an extremely strange ending, almost as if she ran out of time or paper to finish it! The narrator is reasonable but could have read in a more emotionally engaged way.

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She is depressing. Interesting look at psychotic/delirium thought process. I don't find her a great writer despite the buzz. I do think it is interesting how she denigrates faith but then her characters are filled with hopelessness....... Monotone rendition Once I started reading him at 1.75 speed book was better.

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