Jacob's Room (Paperback-2023)
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About the Book
Jacob Flanders is flawed, but also quite a brilliant man. An embodiment of solitude, Jacob is unable to concoct his affinity in life for traditions, contemporary society, intimacy with women, and philosophical contemplations. His life from childhood to adulthood is a process of revelations and ambiguous events. He dies in the war, and his nature is primarily analysed through impressions of other characters in the novel, as most of it is his mother reminiscing about his existence. The narrative reflects remnants of World War I as Jacob shows a modern experimental storyline in fragments through letters, flashbacks, and evanescent telling. Woolf has sustained her narrative style of stream-of-consciousness in the novel, which was published in 1922. Highly poetic and personal, Jacob's Room was the first original and reputed work by the modernist pioneer Virginia Woolf.
About the Author
Virginia Woolf is now recognized as a major twentieth-century author, a great novelist and essayist and a key figure in literary history as a feminist and a modernist. Born in 1882, she was the daughter of the editor and critic Leslie Stephen, and suffered a traumatic adolescence after the deaths of her mother, in 1895, and her step-sister Stella, in 1897, leaving her subject to breakdowns for the rest of her life. Her father died in 1904 and two years later her favourite brother Thoby died suddenly of typhoid.
With her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, she was drawn into the company of writers and artists such as Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, later known as the Bloomsbury Group. Among them she met Leonard Woolf, whom she married in 1912, and together they founded the Hogarth Press in 1917, which was to publish the work of T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and Katherine Mansfield as well as the earliest translations of Freud. Woolf lived an energetic life among friends and family, reviewing and writing, and dividing her time between London and the Sussex Downs. In 1941, fearing another attack of mental illness, she drowned herself.
Her first novel, The Voyage Out, appeared in 1915, and she then worked through the transitional Night and Day (1919) to the highly experimental and impressionistic Jacob's Room (1922). From then on her fiction became a series of brilliant and extraordinarily varied experiments, each one searching for a fresh way of presenting the relationship between individual lives and the forces of society and history. She was particularly concerned with women's experience, not only in her novels but also in her essays and her two books of feminist polemic, A Room of One's Own (1929) and Three Guineas (1938).
Her major novels include Mrs Dalloway (1925), the historical fantasy Orlando (1928), written for Vita Sackville-West, the extraordinarily poetic vision of The Waves (1931), the family saga of The Years (1937), and Between the Acts (1941). All these are published by Penguin, as are her Diaries, Volumes I-V, and selections from her essays and short stories.
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