It's an easier text than Mrs Dalloway or the Waves; Woolf has simplified her style. She thought of it as "a complete whole"- the most perfect distillation and expression of her imagined world. It is a happy book, full of comedy and beauty and charm. It musters all the loveliness it can against the horrors of war and madness.
Four months after completing it Woolf went under for the last time and walked out of the house and killed herself.