The Classic’s Club ~ The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf

The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf

I’m sitting on my chair, in front of the computer, tapping my fingers, trying to decide what I want to write about this book. It’s the first time I’ve read a book by Virginia Woolf.

Rachel Vinrace is leaving London, traveling aboard her father’s ship, the Euphrosyne, to South America. Rachel’s Aunt Helen is traveling with her. During the course of the story, as I got to know Rachel, I thought she was quiet and possibly somewhat timid. She was a talented musician and seemed to get along with the interesting passengers she met on the cruise. Evelyn was my favorite. There is a variety of conversations on the trip from gender to politics. Rachel eventually meets Terrance Hewet and the two fall in love. This is hardly a romance novel though.

I really don’t have much to say about the book. I took the story quite literally. I didn’t see a lot of symbolism at all, if any. Although if a reader does see symbolism in the journey, that’s fine with me. I just saw it quite literally as a journey of human beings, aboard a ship, they meet, the experiences they had, and the conversations.

The author did share a portion of a poem I enjoyed. (p. 318)

Sabrina fair,

Listen where thou art sitting

Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave,

In twisted braids of lilies knitting

The loose train of thy amber dropping hair,

Listen for dear honour’s sake,

Goddess of the silver lake,

Listen and save! ~ John Milton

If you would like to read more of the poem, click on the link below ~

https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/sabrina-fair

The Voyage Out wasn’t my kind of story. I like mystery/suspense Gothic and at times romantic comedy. This book was somewhat different but not really likable or unlikeable.

Have you read any books by Virginia Woolf? I’d like to hear your opinions.

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