Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Between The Acts

I have just finished Between The Acts. It seems to have been overlooked- not counted among Woolf's masterpieces or popular successes- but I am a particular friend to the overlooked and I think it shines.

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.
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