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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,031 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Wanda McCaddo Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rachel Vinrace, Virginia Woolf’s first heroine, is a motherless young woman who, at twenty-four, embarks on a sea voyage with a party of other English folk to South America. Guileless and with only a smattering of education, Rachel is taken under the wing of her aunt Helen, who wishes to teach Rachel “how to live.” Arriving in Santa Marina, a village on the South American coast, Rachel and Helen are introduced to a group of English expatriates. Among them is the young, sensitive Terence Hewet, an aspiring writer, with whom Rachel falls in love. But theirs is ultimately a tale of doomed love, set against a chorus of other stories and other points of view, as the narrative shifts focus between its central and peripheral characters.

Less formally experimental than her later novels, The Voyage Out nonetheless clearly lays bare the poetic style and innovative technique—with its multiple figures of consciousness, its detailed portraits of characters’ inner lives, and its constant shifting between the quotidian and the profound—that are the signature of Woolf’s fiction.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by peaseblossom | 2/19/2014

    " Woolf's first novel; she establishes herself right from the start as lyrical and immensely brave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Niels | 2/10/2014

    " i was pleasantly surprised this book was such a good read for being one of woolf's allegedly non-experimental works. all the woolf-dna that would produce classics such as jacob's room, mrs. dalloway and to the lighthouse, are already there. the introduction by michael cunningham works very well and give gives you some pointers without giving away the whole experience of reading this novel. classic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Frances | 2/8/2014

    " The voyage out of a sheltered 24-year old girl from suburban London as she evolves throughout a trip to a South American resort town with her aunt and uncle... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kevin Caulfield | 2/2/2014

    " A marvelous book, but not as good as her masterpieces. "

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