Orlando

Orlando

A Biography

Book - 2006
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Begun as a "joke," Orlando is Virginia Woolf's fantastical biography of a poet who first appears as a sixteen-year-old boy at the court of Elizabeth I, and is left at the novel's end a married woman in the year 1928. Part love letter to Vita Sackville-West, part exploration of the art of biography, Orlando is one of Woolf's most popular and entertaining works. This new annotated edition will deepen readers' understanding of Woolf's brilliant creation.

Annotated and with an introduction by Maria DiBattista
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. ; Toronto : Harcourt, c2006
Edition: 1st ed., annotated ed. --
ISBN: 9780156031516
0156031515
Branch Call Number: FIC Woolf 3558ad 1
Characteristics: lxvii, 316 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: DiBattista, Maria 1947-
Hussey, Mark 1956-

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mbradfield
Jun 08, 2016

Challenging but rewarding in parts.

The chapters are long. The setting/time period are sometimes hard to pin down.

Once Orlando's gender changes halfway through things get more interesting - as Orlando thinks about the ways that her life has changed as a woman.

There is also a heightened level of comedy at this point in the story - as the other characters barely react to the change.

This is a book which felt most engaging at its center.

Read it if you're in the mood for some magical realism or gender discourse

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diggie
Dec 18, 2013

one of woolf's most accessible novels, this is also one of the funniest and prettiest books i've ever read.

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lisahiggs
Oct 07, 2011

I totally didn’t get this one, although it was strangely readable. I lost track of who was transgendered and who was immortal and who was both, and wished that those aspects were a subject of the novel and not a device. Like many stories involving longer-than-human lengths of time, a great deal of it is spent on the beginning and then we zoom through the next few hundred years and come to a quick conclusion.

MomoT Sep 15, 2011

Not an easy read and quite frustrating in some ways, but sly and witty in others. Difficult to categorise.

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vwruleschick
Mar 31, 2011

Orlando who first starts off as a male who writes stories and poetry and over time, he turns into a she. And all his/her struggles with life and their running away and living life which supposedly lasts over 300 years. Unfortunately I didn't get much out of this book.

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