Monday, July 16

Book Review: The Years

Title: The Years

Author: Virginia Woolf

Pages: EBook 442

Summary: The most popular of Woolf's novels during her lifetime, "The Years" is at once the story of three generations of a family, the Pargiters, and a savage indictment of British society at the turn of the century. A work of fluid and dazzling lucidity, the novel does not follow a simple line of development but is varied and constantly changing, emphasizing its narrative discontinuity. As the characters follow their daily rituals they struggle to understand the significance of their own lives and experiences in relation to each other and to the historical events going on around them. There is often failure yet there is also hope in the recognition that the future can be different from the past.

My Rating: 8.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: A lovely book, one of my favourites by the author. This book was one that you could easily lose yourself in, and is well worth reading.

One of my favourite aspects of the book were some of the descriptive passages the author had. Long, flowing and elegant passages throughout the book which not only helped paint a beautiful picture but were often symbolising something occurring with the characters and plot. These were stunning, Woolf's writing and observations shine in this book, especially with these descriptive passages.

I can't say I have a favourite character, but I did enjoy following the generations of characters throughout the timeline. As the title suggests, the book does follow the same group of characters throughout the years. I think the author did a wonderful job at portraying this as the characters are developed and the full story is told when using a large stretch of time.

The book did slow down in the second half of the book. There were a few times I was not as interested in the plot and characters in the second half as well. It seemed to be a little repetitive by this point and the story just didn't have the same spark as the first half. But by the end, I was happy. It was a very fitting ending, and helped make up for the lull in the second half of the book.

Would I recommend it to read: I would. Anything by the author is worth reading. Even with the slowdown in the middle, the book is worth reading.

What to read next: Anything by Virginia Woolf

Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, 1001 Books Challenge


  1. I always admire when a reader tackles a book by Virginia Woolf and loves it because I am so intimidated by her and her writing! I can't say that I have ever tried any of her books, but I have herd the multitudes rave over them, and I know I need to get over that fear one day, but she is just SO erudite and complex, and her books have all kinds of hidden meanings and symbolism, which is something I don't grasp very well. Excellent review today, Jules. I am glad you liked this one. It gives me hope that I may indeed read one of her books and actually like it!

    1. Zibilee - This one was one of the more complex of her books. Some aren't too bad. If you want to try her out, her collection of short stories was a nice read. I hope you read her soon, well worth it!