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"British actress Juliet Stevenson makes for a better reader of Woolf's words than Nicole Kidman's Oscar-winning turn as Woolf in The Hours...Her reading is quietly, carefully precise, and that precision is a solid complement to Woolf's own measured, inward-looking prose." (Publishers Weekly)
am I surprised? absolutely not.
another combination of Woolf and Stevenson in this most fluid of flow of consciousness and what you get is naturally, pure magic.
"An interesting book"
An interesting book but not very easy to follow since it is written in the form of "stream of consiousness" or "interior monologue", meaning that the narrator depicts the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through the mind of the characters- but Juliet Stevenson's reading renders the task much easier and even more enjoyable. She changes her voice in a way which makes it easy for the reader to know who is talking (sometimes it can be very hard to guess!). The difficulty of Virginia Woolf's writing, however, makes it necessary to stop and reread some passages. The book tells the story of Mrs Ramsay, a submissive wife and mother of eight children, who believes men to be intellectually superior to women "this admirable fabric of masculine intelligence", and who is constantly sympathizing with her tyranical husband and pitying men, especially the unmarried among them. She tries to marry Lily Briscoe, a young promising painter to Mr Bankes. but the former turns out to be a truly uncoventional woman who refuses to marry and who questions and internally rebells against Mrs Ramsay's utterly conventional and submissive attitude towards men.
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