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The Years
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The most popular of Virginia Woolf's novels during her lifetime, The Years is a savage indictment of British society at the turn of the century, edited with an introduction and notes by Jeri Johnson in Penguin Modern Classics. The Years is the story of three generations of the Pargiter family - their intimacies and estrangements, anxieties and triumphs - mapped out against the bustling rhythms of London's streets during the first decades of the twentieth century. Growing up in a typically Victorian household, the Pargiter children must learn to find their footing in an alternative world, where the rules of etiquette have shifted from the drawing-room to the air-raid shelter. A work of fluid and dazzling lucidity, The Years eschews a simple line of development in favour of a varied and constantly changing style, emphasises the radical discontinuity of personal experiences and historical events. Virginia Woolf's penultimate novel celebrates the resilience of the individual self and, in her dazzlingly fluid and distinctive voice, she confidently paints a broad canvas across time, generation and class. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is regarded as a major 20th century author and essayist, a key figure in literary history as a feminist and modernist, and the centre of 'The Bloomsbury Group'. This informal collective of artists and writers which included Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, exerted a powerful influence over early twentieth-century British culture. Between 1925 and 1931 Virginia Woolf produced what are now regarded as her finest masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway (1925) to the poetic and highly experimental novel The Waves (1931). She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, short fiction, journalism and biography, including the playfully subversive Orlando (1928) and A Room of One's Own (1929) a passionate feminist essay. If you enjoyed The Years, you might also like Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Inspired ... a brilliant fantasia of all Time's problems, age and youth, change and performance, truth and illusion' The Times Literary Supplement
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Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is now recognised as a major 20th century author, a great novelist and essayist, and a key figure in literary history as a feminist and modernist.

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The last novel to be published in Woolf's lifetime, this is the chronicle of the Pargiter family from 1880 to the late 1930s. Colonel Pargiter is a veteran of the Indian Mutiny, in which he lost two fingers. His wife, Rose, is an invalid. Each person in the large cast-their children Eleanor, Morris, Milly, Edward, Delia, Martin, and Rose; their housemaid, Crosby; their cousins Kitty and Digby; grandchildren Peggy and North; and emigre Nicholas-has a place in the chronology from the height of the Victorian era through the Edwardian period, the Great War, Jazz Age, and the eve of the next European war. Finty Williams narrates the story elegantly and precisely, ably differentiating the characters, which enables the listener to keep them sorted out. Verdict Fans of PBS's Downton Abbey will particularly enjoy this family saga set in the same time frame.-Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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