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Book Title: Jacob's Room (Annotated)|
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The author of the book: Virginia Woolf
Edition: Mariner Books
Date of issue: June 23rd 2008
ISBN 13: 9780156034791
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.82 MB
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Fragmentary impressions while reading Jacob’s Room. Life keeps interfering.
I travelled the underground while reading The Voyage Out, and it made impressions on others. Incomprehensible, fragmentary impressions on them, unforgettable ones on me.
Immediately, I made the decision to read Jacob’s Room, for I wanted more Woolfian impressions, and I brought it to the underground as well. Some patterns are repeated unconsciously, being part of everyday routines we just follow, without seeing or thinking.
But while the The Voyage Out dragged me in, and made me travel too far, Jacob’s Room stayed when I was leaving, and started travelling on its own. I hope someone found it. An old woman with time on her hands, with a certain sense of humour to understand my comments in the margins.
Meanwhile, there was a new quest, to order another copy of Jacob’s Room, and embark on other reading journeys to fill the gap in time. Bleak House features a room as well, a lovely Growlery, leaving a different mark on me. A Room of One's Own. Mine. To read Jacob’s Room. And I restart Jacob’s Room, with Bleak House towering in my mind, a brand-new copy picked up from the post-office, a globetrotting book, from England over Denmark to Sweden, by truck, boat, and train. It follows me by plane and train on a short stay in Switzerland and Austria, sharing a backpack with the sweet taste of Mack and the boys, celebrating their parties in Cannery Row. Sweet Thursday leaves a trace in my reading as well. As does the break over Christmas. It is not the same reading as it would have been if the first copy hadn’t stayed on a seat in the Underground.
How to write a review of a book everyone knows, and loves, or hates, or doesn’t care about? Why add words to words, when all I can offer is my own conscious decision to read and unconscious distraction while doing so? I wonder if it is always so hard? Or is that only the case when you love a book beyond the capacity of your language?
Details gain power and I am lost in visual pictures and scenes. Incidents grow and carry weight. Is there a plot? Maybe, but I lost track of it. Faces in the street, in the Underground, and at home have some kind of significance, for someone, somewhere. But of course, there was no use for an Underground in the life of Virginia Woolf. I am sure it would have played a major part in her stories otherwise. Condensed, fragmented, temporary humanity. Randomly mixed and unmixed. Characters come and go. They are part of the puzzle of reality, just like reading Woolf while thinking about laundry and dinner, or which stop to get off the train.
“Such faces as one sees. The little man fingering the meat must have squatted before the fire in innumerable lodging-houses, and heard and seen and known so much that it seems to utter itself even volubly from dark eyes, loose lips, as he fingers the meat silently, his face sad as a poet’s, and never a song sung. Shawled women carry babies with purple eyelids; boys stand at street corners; girls look across the road - rude illustrations, pictures in a book whose pages we turn over and over as if we should at last find what we look for. Every face, every shop, bedroom window, public-house, and dark square is a picture feverishly turned - in search of what? It is the same with books. What do we seek through millions of pages? Still hopefully turning the pages - oh, here is Jacob's room.”
Yes, here it is, physically present next to me, looking at me with the expression of the envelope on the table while Jacob disappears in the room with a woman for an act of indecency. Would it have been indecent at all if his mother’s letter hadn’t witnessed the scene?
Would my review have been more … but oh … there is my copy of Tom Jones. I wonder if it is worth a reread? Maybe when I have finished Kurt Vonnegut. After all a review fills the time between lunch and dinner pleasantly.
And as for Jacob, he has left a fragmentary mark on the world, fleeting, vague, but clearly visible to my inner eye.
All those faces...
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Read information about the author(Adeline) Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.
During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929) with its famous dictum, "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."
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