Group Read, December 2014: Orlando
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Must stop being a wimp!
So far, I'd be lost without sparknotes. I'm still waiting for something exciting to happen.
Well, I'm not sure. Maybe Nickelini can help us out? She knows a lot about Woolf, I thought.
Anyhow, I am still enjoying the book (Orlando returns to England), although the best part for me remains the story during the Great Frost.
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>9 M1nks: Well, I'm liking the middle part better than the first and enjoyed Turkey more than the Frost Fair, so it's not unanimous.
This must be what I remember reading about, not about it being autobiographical. Thanks for the clarification, everyone!
It has made me wonder if I should read The Waves again though... I keep thinking I was too hard rating that one, because it was far better than this.
In comparison with the other books I've read, this has fantasy elements (the timelessness of Orlando, his/her sex change and the view of all Britain from one hill) and the voice of the narrator is more distinctive.
An enjoyable read 3.5/5
Perhaps the oak tree is part of his families land, something which binds him and gives him a connection to the earth and his lands. The poem or bit of writing that Orlando is trying to do so far hasn't been written, I guess I see that at the moment as symbolising Orlando's lack of ability to express all of this clearly. Perhaps it isn't even something that 'can' be clearly expressed or encapsulated.
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
This poem serves as a talisman for Orlando. Written painstakingly over the course of four hundred years, we can view "The Oak Tree" as a record of Orlando’s life and evolving literary style. It is finally finished and published after Orlando’s marriage to Shel. Is there a connection? We certainly think so. By marrying Shel, Orlando makes her peace with the spirit of the age (in other terms: society) and simultaneously comes into literary maturation.
Now we need to talk about the title of the poem. Although an oak tree changes throughout its entire life, it still remains the same tree, rooted to the same spot in the ground. This parallels the life of the poem, which, although it grows in length and changes over time, remains a single poem. What’s striking, however, is that we are never given any excerpts from the poem. We must base our speculations on Orlando’s life and character as we watch them unfold.
>18 M1nks: Yes, there is more about the poem throughout the book. "Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory" - this is exactly why I hated taking literature classes and never did very well in them. I simply cannot see this stuff without having someone spell it out for me! So this explanation makes sense to me, but I would not have the ability to recognize or dispute it if it were totally wrong.
There are several authors that I think I'm just not smart enough to get what they're trying to do... like Saul Bellow, James Joyce.... I'm pretty sure Woolf is on this list for me too.
Why can I not recall how FUNNY this book was?
I loved the moving sense of moving through history at the start of a paragraph you could be at one point in history and by the next I'd realise we were somewhere else. This was also a very amusing book and I hadn't realised how truly funny Virginia Woolf can be.
Everything was handled with a poetical grace; Ms Woolf has such a gift with language which I saw in Mrs. Dalloway which I didn't particulary like, it elevates her work into literary art.