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Jacob's Room Электронная библиотека e-libra. And now," wrote Jacob in his letter to Bonamy, "I shall have to read her cursed book"-her Tchekov, he meant, for she had lent it him. Though the opinion is unpopular it seems likely enough that bare places, fields too thick with stones to be ploughed, tossing sea-meadows half-way between England and America, suit us better than cities. There is something absolute in us which despises qualification. It is this which is teased and twisted in society.

Virginia Woolf's first original and distinguished work, Jacob's Room is the story of a sensitive young man named Jacob Flanders

Virginia Woolf's first original and distinguished work, Jacob's Room. Virginia Woolf's first original and distinguished work, Jacob's Room is the story of a sensitive young man named Jacob Flanders. The life story, character and friends of Jacob are presented in a series for separate scenes and moments from his childhood, through college at Cambridge, love affairs in London, and travels in Greece, to his death in the war. Jacob's Room Virginia Woolf's first original and distinguished work, Jacob's Room is the story of a sensitive young man named Jacob Flanders.

JACOB'S ROOM, Virginia Woolf's third novel, marks her first foray into Modernist experimentation. The narrative traces Jacob's childhood in Cornwall and his education at Cambridge, culminating in an evocative portrait of his adult life in London and abroad. Jacob is romantically torn between the artistic Florinda, the upper-middle-class Clara Durrant and the beautiful, but married, Sandra Wentworth Williams. Woolf poignantly depicts the life of Jacob through a sequence of alternating perspectives that combine letters, fragments of dialogue and the ephemeral impressions of those nearest to him. Jacob's voice becomes the absent centre of one of Modernism's first great novels.

The bareness of Mrs. Pearce's front room was fully displayed at ten o'clock at night when a powerful oil lamp stood on the middle of the table

Chapter one. "So of course," wrote Betty Flanders, pressing her heels rather deeper in the sand, "there was nothing for it but to leave. The bareness of Mrs. Pearce's front room was fully displayed at ten o'clock at night when a powerful oil lamp stood on the middle of the table. The harsh light fell on the garden; cut straight across the lawn; lit up a child's bucket and a purple aster and reached the hedge. Mrs. Flanders had left her sewing on the table.

This, alone, makes it worth reading. However, it is not a stable yarn and seems to be peppered by these moments of greatness in an uneven fashion. From 1915, when she published her first novel, The Voyage Out, Virginia Woolf maintained an astonishing output of fiction, literary criticism, essays, and biography. In 1912, she married Leonard Woolf, and in 1917, they founded The Hogarth Press.

Jacob's Room, Woolf's third novel, is an experimental character . Widely regarded as one of the most important modernist writers, Virginia Woolf was also one of the most important female authors of the twentieth century.

Jacob's Room, Woolf's third novel, is an experimental character study that delves into the life of protagonist Jacob Flanders, largely through the eyes of the friends, acquaintances, family members, and lovers who surround hi.

Virginia Woolf is undoubtedly one of the most famous female writers of all time. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf Courtesy of Penguin Modern Classics. A modernist, her books and essays are characterised by the movement’s stream of consciousness style, interior perspectives and abandonment of a linear narrative. Dalloway is one of the best books to start with for those who are only just encountering Virginia Woolf’s writing. Clarissa Dalloway is a high-society English woman and Woolf tells the story of her life in post-World War I London.

Jacob's Room is Virginia Woolf's first truly experimental novel Jacob is presented in glimpses, in fragments, as Woolf breaks down traditional ways of representing character and experience.

Jacob's Room is Virginia Woolf's first truly experimental novel. It is a portrait of a young man, who is both representative and victim of the social values which led Edwardian society into war. Jacob's life is traced from the time he is a small boy playing on the beach, through his years in Cambridge, then in artistic London, and finally making a trip to Greece, but this is no orthodox Bildungsroman. Jacob is presented in glimpses, in fragments, as Woolf breaks down traditional ways of representing character and experience.


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Alianyau
Set in pre-World War One Britain, Jacob Flanders is a somewhat ambiguous character, and a rich sadness follows him throughout. From his childhood in Cornwall to his room at Cambridge, Woolf follows his life through the eyes of others; university friends, women he knows, neighbors and family members. It is a cloudy and incomplete picture, with Woolf using an experimental writing style for the first time, and I think it is brilliant.

Jacob reads the Classical Greeks, and takes a tour of Greece, perhaps falling in love with another tourist, but again his thoughts are often hidden. But he is reflective and intelligent, even if he appears oblivious at times. Especially interesting was Jacob’s time in London, and the city became a character itself. Touring the landmark locations, cafe life and exchanges with aspiring artists. Life soon before the war was described in wonderful Woolf style, as the gloomy specter of war begins to stir.

I loved it. Highly recommended.
Small Black
If you already love Virginia Woolf's fiction, this is not to be missed. It is the first of her modern novels.Its non-linearity succeeds when her tour de force "The Waves" only comes close. [my somewhat controversial opinion, but I wrote a critical piece that demonstrates my point]. If you want to figure this out for yourself, then read "The Waves" yourself, after reading "Jacob's Room," and compare for yourself. If you're considering this as your first Virginia Woolf fiction, please press pause, and begin with "To the Lighthouse," or maybe "Mrs. Dalloway." CAUTION: This is NOT a standard narrative. Jacob himself hardly shows up. It's usually only people talking about him. And when he does show up, he's usually on his way out of the scene. There really isn't a beginning, a middle, or even an end, and there are some parts that sag. But the parts that soar are breathtakingly outstanding.
Munigrinn
This is a strange book. Woolf deliberately cuts the usual connections that conventional novelists present to give the reader continuity. The effect is challenging; one can easily get lost. One could say that some of cuts by the author are arbitrary, can be different simply to be new as music and painting were "new' at the time. Certainly this is not a novel for inexperienced readers, and perhaps would have its audience in advanced college courses. The ending seemed arbitrary, as though Woolfe couldn't manage to sustain a conclusion based on her own characters and chose to use outside events, the First World War, to close her narrative. This said, the book is still sufficiently "new" to be worth the effort needed to get through it.
Frey
Jacob's Room is worth reading. Because Woolf is experimenting with stream of consciousness, it is a little bit hard to follow and sometimes focuses on trivia. The point of view changes frequently, and that can be a bit jarring. We follow the life of a rich, attractive young Englishman a little over a hundred years ago. We mostly see him as other women see him - attractive and appearing trustworthy. However, like the equally attractive Georges Duroy, the protagonist of De Maupassant's Bel Ami, Jacob Flanders is a cad. The last chapter, though, brings it all together, and we see Woolf's genius. The last chapter is only about two pages and the only chapter that is actually set in Jacob's room. Throughout the novel, we may see how women relate to certain men, but in that last chapter we can seriously ask that same question that the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come raises: What will our legacy be? What will we leave behind in our "rooms"?
fetish
Virginia Woolf was certainly unique as a writer for her time. Jacob's Room is a stream-of-consciousness series of images from the life of Jacob and his family and social circle. Woolf is almost as evocative by what she doesn't say in her descriptions as by what she does. Don't go looking for plot or gripping narrative here. Woolf is not Somerset Maugham. The images meander through the pages and need to be enjoyed for what they are and not for their contribution to a story line. Her descriptions, however, are still brilliant, and the Amazon Kindle version is well-crafted and very readable.
Karon
This is the first novel in Virginia Woolf's mature style. It is the precursor to her great novels : Mrs. Dalloway and To The Lighthouse. The tone and the imagery are ists best qualities.
Zulkishicage
A beautiful book--the clear predecessor to Mrs. Dalloway, Jacob's room is filled with simply rapturous lines and insights into the working of the human mind. I'd warn that this isn't exactly the place to begin for those who aren't used to stream-of-conscious writing: the book is very experimental and can be hard to follow. But people who have read Mrs. Dalloway and liked it will find this an even more penetrating, tender, and insightful book.

This version of the text was great. No major glitches in the copy-editing. Of course, you also can't beat the price!
I enjoyed reading the book but, there were times when I was a little at sea..... especially at the end when I guessed that Jacob had probably taken his own life. The study guide corrected me on that score. He apparently enlisted in the army and was killed in combat. Apparently he was lovesick for Mrs. Williams (Sarah). I did not get that from the book!
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Humanities
Author: Virginia Woolf
ISBN: 0783893809
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: G K Hall & Co (February 1, 2001)
Pages: 245 pages