Night and Day by Virginia Woolf

Night and Day

byVirginia Woolf

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The thrill of reading Virginia Woolf’s Night And Day is the feeling of looking into a whirlpool just as something utterly extraordinary and unexpected materializes for the first time. It is so for all her novels.

            The language itself dazzles: vivid, evocative, poetic language, that challenges the best of James Joyce, with Woolf's gift for inner dialogue—the lies her characters relentlessly tell themselves—which in turn reveal them to us. In later works, it would become clear that Woolf’s process of distillation had proceeded even further; her ideas grown even leaner, sculpted by pauses into thin phrases of pure lyricism.

Nobody does inner monologues like Virginia Woolf. Her form intersperses lengthy labyrinthine stream-of-consciousness, with brilliantly placed atonal fanfares.

            Clearly, Virginia Woolf thought out the largest pieces of Night And Day’s puzzle in advance. The broad-brush strokes, the interplay between husband and wife, children and friends; it has rarely been done before with such effect, as past and present commingle in her characters' minds.

            Most captivating is the range of development, the sheer technical fluidity on display. However idiosyncratic, it's like looking at that classic hieroglyph of human development—homo sapiens—in slow motion.

Night And Day has it all: life, death, and the evanescence of time. Love, fear, solitude, and death again—the subjects float by like parasols in autumnal twilight. Her characters are strikingly real. Nothing much happens; yet in the tragic futility, the absurdity, the divine pathos, the delicate beauty of contemplation, all of life happens. Instinctively, she understands that the beauty of a landscape resides in its melancholy.

Night And Day is one of the high points of Woolf’s career, and watching it unfold is an unparalleled pleasure; her characters grow closer and closer, until they reach near telepathic rapport as her story draws to a close.

Her famously tender tone has seldom worn the bruises of loss so revealingly.

Night And Day is one of Virginia Woolf’s rare and genuine masterpieces; an enchanting work of artistry deserving of the label in a thousand different ways.  It can be found on countless lists of the finest novels of the 20th century, and is one of Virginia Woolf's major achievements. It is considered one of her greatest works after Mrs. Dalloway and To The Lighthouse.


VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941), one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century, transformed the art of fiction. The author of numerous novels and short stories, she was also an acknowledged master of the essay form, and an admired literary critic.




PHILIP DOSSICK is the New York Times critically acclaimed writer and director of the motion picture The P.O.W. He has written for television, including the outstanding drama, Transplant, produced by David Susskind for CBS. His most recent books include Aztecs: Epoch Of Social Revolution, Sex And Dreams, Mark Twain In Seattle, The Naked Citizen: Notes On Privacy In The Twenty-First Century, and Raymond Chowder And Bob Skloot Must Die.

Title:Night and DayFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 26, 2014Publisher:Editions Artisan Devereaux LLCLanguage:English

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