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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I at a Kinokuniya Bookstore in Bangkok and ordered Vol. II immediately. In fact, these famed two volumes have been published in various editions since and I've tried to buy them for a long time. Enticed by the simple title, I've since decided to read them all as soon as I can own them.

For instance, The only advice, indeed, that one person can give another about reading is to take no advice, to follow your own instincts, to use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions. Do not dictate to your author; try to become him. Be his fellow-worker and accomplice. But not directly. Wait for the dust of reading to settle; for the conflict and the questioning to die down; walk, talk, pull the dead petals from a rose, of all asleep. I'd like to conclude this review by my note written at the essay's last sentence: i.

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View all 17 comments. Jul 30, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: discussing-fiction. Here's the thing about Woolf. Even if you disagree with her as I do over Chesterfield, for example , you can hold a mental conversation with her, and you sense that she will listen sympathetically. She's rarely snide, and never petty in these essays; she doesn't always have all the facts, and sometimes betrays the limitations of her time, but who doesn't?

One essay over breakfast is a wonderful way to begin the day. View 2 comments. An ideal critic, humane and intimate reader. I like that these essays read like a lifelong reading journal; we get the moody responsiveness, the tactility of encounter. This book immediately conjures Virginia Stephen, the young girl educating herself in her father's library. Oct 17, Morgan rated it liked it Shelves: owned-books. Even though this was like the first Common Reader, I thought this one was kind of boring. There were a lot of authors I have to look up because I have no clue what she was talking about.

However, there are some good essays in this one, but not as many as the first volume. There is no order to these books, but I'd skip this one unless you want to read everything Woolf. I've read almost all her novels except Night and Day and a list of non-fiction too. I've read all the books I own of hers too Even though this was like the first Common Reader, I thought this one was kind of boring. I've read all the books I own of hers too 16 to be exact.

Will I read more Woolf? Yes, if I find books I don't own I'll most likely get them. When will this happen? Who knows. Kind of glad I saved this one for last. Now to my goal for her is to reread some of her books when I'm in the mood to reread books. Aug 15, Wilsonn added it. What a mind as never is Virginia Woolf's!

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In her second tour de force in literary criticism, Woolf's collection of book reviews and essays upon authors and their failures and successes astounds the reader with her perceptive and sensitive reading of books and clear understanding of authors' personalities, ambitions, and histories. Each essay is moving in its own way, and as I read through the book I sometimes felt overwhelmed by Woolf's phrasing and poetic style. I could go on for pages, citing incidences of essays that moved me to tear In her second tour de force in literary criticism, Woolf's collection of book reviews and essays upon authors and their failures and successes astounds the reader with her perceptive and sensitive reading of books and clear understanding of authors' personalities, ambitions, and histories.

If you are a lover of books, British literature, literary criticism, and of course, the writing of Virginia Woolf, you must not pass up an opportunity to read this collection. In my opinion, it is more well-written that her first collection, "The Common Reader". You may be inspired, as I was, to find copies of some of the books reviewed here and read them, thus discovering new writers whose works you'll want to plunder.

Yes, these are old books, some quite out of date with our times, but as a reader I find that these books offer new ideas about society and its changes, and better comprehension of human nature and its vagaries. Go for it! You won''t regret reading this! Fair enough, right? We have nothing to give them here. They have loved reading. Jun 10, Gail rated it it was amazing Shelves: , physical-collection. The title is self-explanatory. Not as engaging as the first volume. Woolf then will reverse her position totally, and point out precisely why t The title is self-explanatory.

Woolf then will reverse her position totally, and point out precisely why the work being considered is indeed worthwhile. I don't know it's a tour-de-force, a bit of showing off, or both. It's very well done, though, and engaging, in an odd sort of way. Inscribed by the author to her typist: "Margaret Walton with thanks from Virginia Woolf. While signed limited editions of Woolf still become available with regularity, inscribed trade editions have become exceptionally uncommon. Inventory : Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc.

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