Sunday, March 22

Book Review: Orlando

Title: Orlando

Author: Virginia Woolf

Pages: 162

Summary: Virginia Woolf’s close friend, Vita Sacville-West, was the model for the androgynous hero of Orlando. The deliberately fanciful story spans a period from the late 16th to the 20th centuries and takes the hero, Orlando, from bring a handsome boy of 16, through encounters with Elizabeth I to a love affair with a Muscovite princess; from Ambassador Extraordinary to encounters, now as Lady Orlando, with Pope, Addision and Swift and childbirth.

Orlando is a brilliantly perceptive and delicious fantasy containing many valuable historical insights and is a joy to read.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Orlando is a story I wouldn’t have expected from Virginia Woolf. It’s so different then what I’ve experienced from her other works, because it’s such an unusual story. But it’s unusual in a good way, and even if the story isn’t as strong as I’d like it to have been, the elegant, poetic and flowing words that came off the pages made up for it. The story was a “biography” of the character Orlando, who half way through the story, turns from male to female. The narrator addresses the reader a lot, which added something different to the book, and there was a bit of humour through out the novel, as the narrator adds a bit of their own opinion in. And at times, it seemed like Woolf, was adding a bit of satire or her own strong opinions on the way society acted and presented it’s self throughout the centuries, Orlando lived through (16th - 20th), but that could have been just me.

The poetic writing, is what really made the story, it is just a beautiful poetic story, where paragraph after paragraph is filled with an elegant style of writing, which has made Woolf famous. She truly has an ability to write with exceptional, poetic style, that traps you into her novels.

Would I recommend it to read: Differently. This is a classic story, for all fans of classics, unique novels, or fans of elegant style of writing. Anyone who enjoys any of theses would like the book, and any fan of Woolf or other similar authors, would also like it to read. Even if you don’t give it a try anyways, you won’t be disappointed.

What to read next: Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse

Challenges: 1% Well Read Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, RYOB Challenge,


1 comment:

  1. I tried this book, but couldn't get into it. Based on your review, I think this one deserves a second look. It has all the elements I look for in a good book, so I'm not sure why I put it down before. Mayve it was a case of the wrong book at the wrong time

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