Monday, December 31

Book Review: Jacobs' Room

Title: Jacobs Room

Author: Virginia Woolf

Pages: 168

Summary: Jacob’s Room, Virginia Woolf’s third novel, was first published in 1922. Here we find her beginning to part company with the traditional methods of the English novel, and her experiments with the stream of consciousness and the sequence of time were first steps n the direction of such masterpieces as To the Lighthouse and The Waves.

The limpid impression she creates of a young man’s progress from the mental purity of post-war university life to the squalid truths of reality is heightened by the poetry of her style, and Jacob’s Room offers an affecting tribute to the generation which was decimated in the First World War.

My Rating: 6.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Not my favourite book by the author, in fact compared to some of her other books, this one was a bit of a let down.

While it wasn't a bad book, it didn't grip me like  some of her previous books. It was just as well written, Virginia Woolf's writing will always be  lovely, but the story itself failed to grab my attention. Jacob as a character wasn't strong enough to keep it moving, nor was the plot as a whole strong enough to keep me interested - it felt like the entire story was at a constant stand still. There were a few interesting part, like his tour in Grease, the ending was surprising, but there was a lot of in-between stuff that lost my interest as a reader. Sometimes these big gaps of nothing, were filled by some lovely passages by the author, but there were big periods of time where I was bored with the book. Still, her writing still managed to capture me and keep me reading until the end.

Would I recommend it to read: I'm on the fence with this one. The writing was well done, but I found the plot jumpy. It had some good passages, but parts dragged. It wouldn't be the top of the list for books by the author, but fans of her work, may want to check it out.

What to read next: I'd read the authors other works as they are far better examples of the sort of writer she was.

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