The Years

Paperback | June 28, 2009

byVirginia Woolf, Sue AsbeeEditorHermione Lee

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As the Pargiters, a middle-class English family, move from the oppressive confines of the Victorian home of the 1880s to the `present day' of the 1930s, they are weighed down by the pressures of war, the social strictures of patriarchy, capitalism and Empire, and the rise of Fascism. Engagingwith a painful struggle between utopian hopefulness and crippled with despair, the novel is a savage indictment of Virginia Woolf's society, but its bitter sadness is relieved by the longing for some better way of life, where `freedom and justice' might really be possible. This is Virginia Woolf's longest novel, and the one she found the most difficult to write. The most popular of all her writings during her lifetime, it can now be re-read as the most challengingly political, even revolutionary, of all her books.

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As the Pargiters, a middle-class English family, move from the oppressive confines of the Victorian home of the 1880s to the `present day' of the 1930s, they are weighed down by the pressures of war, the social strictures of patriarchy, capitalism and Empire, and the rise of Fascism. Engagingwith a painful struggle between utopian hope...

Hermione Lee is Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. Sue Asbee is a teacher at the Open University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.94 inPublished:June 28, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555397

ISBN - 13:9780199555390

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