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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,095 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nigel Nicolson Narrator: Karesa McElheny Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2000 ISBN: 9781415910849
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Virginia Woolf's life as part of the avant-garde Bloomsbury Group has captured the imagination of millions. Now Nigel Nicolson, the distinguished son of British writers Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West (Vita was one of Woolf's closest and most intimate friends) threads his personal reminiscences through the narrative of her life. In so doing, he paints an astonishing portrait of one of the most remarkable women in history. Nicolson recalls childhood times with Woolf: from her walk around his ancestral home as she planned Orlando to her writing of the modern classics Mrs. Dalloway and A Room of One's Own. Virginia Woolf probes keenly her stance on women's issues and the nature of war, drawing new connections between the woman and the literary genius.

"Nicolson is a sensitive scholar who leads us patiently through a richly varied life with fresh insights."—Booklist Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 2/18/2014

    " I gave up on this book about 300 pages in... This is well-written and full of information -- maybe too much information! It is more of an analysis of how Woolf's life affected her writing than a biography. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say it felt like reading an academic treatise on Woolf's life, full of references to her novels and letters (both hers and those of friends and family). Although I found it mildly interesting, it was very slow reading and never absorbed me, so when it was due back to the library I returned it even though not finished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annika Cleeve | 2/15/2014

    " I wanted to love this book, because I admired Virginia Woolf but the the writing style was so heavy and loaded with literary critique reserved for the high brow reader that I just felt dumber at every page turn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/24/2014

    " I almost cried after finishing this biography of Virginia Woolf. I felt like I'd lost a friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsty | 1/20/2014

    " Reading Virginia Woolf was rather a peculiar experience. At times it felt as though I was wading through a veritable treacle of dates and facts, far too many to take in at once, but at others I was cursing Lee for the sheer lack of information included on some subjects. Why oh why did the chapter on Katherine Mansfield have to be so short in comparison to the rest, for example? I'm not sure I'd read any of Lee's other biographies as I prefer those which are really absorbing, and Virginia Woolf unfortunately wasn't. Still, such a biography and the effort it must have taken to write it must be revered, hence my three star rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 1/18/2014

    " Not even finished yet. This is a mother of a book, coming in just over 700 pages. But, man, this is deliciously addictive. By far, the best biography I've ever read. A blend of her life--filled with the regular bits, then add on a lot of death, war, abuse, and weirdness; her work-- a fascinating look into how a writer's mind forms and functions over time; a meditation on the very nature of biography (from both the author and the subject); and an insight into a time of great change--the slow, creaky transition from the Victorian era to a modern England (read post-war and/or the beginning strokes of feminism). Say what!?! Who could resist. Seriously good read. (Note: I finished reluctantly, as now it felt like my weird Aunt Virginia died all over again. What haunts me is she knew how to swim. But, wonderfully, she is made alive in the readers of this book. What a complex and fascinating study Lee has achieved here. Now on to Orlando...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/14/2014

    " I'm not quite halfway through, but I'm thoroughly enjoying the book. Although the chapter entitled 'Madness', which was of course necessary, interested me the least. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/13/2014

    " Lee sets the standard for biographers. This is an amazing, in-depth look at a complicated artist, and Lee never simplifies Woolf's art/life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 1/5/2014

    " I'm a biography junkie. This is one of the best biographies I've read, ever. Hermione Lee manages to make Woolf more human and less a caricature of by placing her within the context of her time, class, politics, personality and relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Williams | 12/17/2013

    " Up there with Ellmann's biography of Joyce as an example of a truly great literary biography -- by which I guess I mean that her understanding of Woolf, the person, makes for the kind of literary criticism I like best (e.g. her fantastic chapter on To the Lighthouse). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjet | 12/15/2013

    " uitermate boeiende biografie over een bijzondere vrouw "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 11/27/2013

    " This took me forever, but it is very thorough. A great mixture of biography and literary criticism. Made me want to read her works all over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beesley | 10/18/2013

    " Very comprehensive biography. Well sourced. Liked its organizational structure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 9/5/2013

    " Perceptive, clear and dazzlingly informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry Walsh | 9/4/2013

    " After several leisurely weeks in Virginia Woolf's company I shall miss her, thanks to Hermione Lee's wonderful biography of this amazing woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 8/20/2013

    " This biography is one of the most comprehensive and well written book about Virginia Woolf. If you really enjoy Woolf's novels, this is a must-read biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MicheleinNJ | 8/6/2013

    " Loved learning more about Woolf. Very interesting book about a very interesting woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linde | 7/5/2013

    " only read a few chapters which were relevant to my research "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/15/2013

    " This is the book to read if you want to know about Virginia Woolf's life. Unfortunately, it is out of print. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 1/21/2013

    " even if you're not a pansy academic, it's a good biography, and interested in the right things about Woolf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/18/2013

    " Everything you want to know about Virginia Woolf is chronicled in this book, well researched and well done overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Ahearn | 1/12/2013

    " This book is the model of what a literary biography can be. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 10/30/2012

    " This one leaves me just speechless; in all likelihood, the most astonishing biography I've read. Positively *required* for Woolf lovers & those interested in the problems & possibilities of biography as a literary form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 8/4/2012

    " Finally done! At last completed. Exhaustive biography. Learned: the river Ouse is pronounced "Ooze" not "Wheeze" (thanks, wikipedia). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Hale | 6/17/2012

    " This comprehensive biography shows all the influences of her life on Virginia's writings. It was hard to read all at one time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Saleeba | 2/28/2012

    " Fascinating Woman. Loved this detailed biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 2/25/2012

    " Absolutely Fabulous biography on Virginia Woolf. Hermione Lee is one of the great biographer's of our day. A must read for any VW aficionado. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 10/21/2011

    " A thoughtful, elegant and respectful examination of Woolf's life. Unlike other Woolf biographers and critics, Lee never stoops to sensationalism. A wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Rigterink | 9/3/2011

    " Perhaps my favorite biography of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Maria Ballester Bohn | 8/9/2011

    " One of the best biographies, of anyone and by anyone, that I've ever read. A wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Lee | 5/28/2011

    " A rather difficult read but worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 4/28/2011

    " I was interested in knowing more,after reading Orlando. Nigel Nicolson had meet her as a boy and had memories of her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/16/2010

    " Written by the son of Vita Sackville-West, this slender volume doesn't really give any new information about the author, but would be a good introduction for someone unfamiliar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paddy | 4/8/2010

    " Wandered outside my fiction preference since this was one of the few books available to check out on CD from my library. Glad I listened to it, I might have skimmed it otherwise. I learned much more about the many happinesses in Woolf's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/17/2009

    " Fascinating character. Good short overall look into her life. p.s. She hated Americans "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/19/2008

    " This was pretty interesting, but I really don't like this writer. Any time he mentioned VW's feminist writings, he was really dismissive. Incidentally, he is Vita Sackville-West's son, and actually knew Virginia Woolf, so he has a lot of anecdotes to tell from the point of view of an adolescent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/9/2008

    " This is well written, an easy read, and informative. It's not as scholarly, footnoted, or even-handed as I would have liked. It seems like Nicolson has some axes to grind in his portrait of Woolf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mosker | 9/25/2007

    " I enjoy these lives books, they're just fulfilling enough to make me want to research more about the subject. In this case, I was quite relieved that the author did not attempt to hide his personal opinions as accepted scholarship or conventional wisdom. "

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