A roof of one’s own _ Virginia Woolf

If you’re into feminist essays, then this is the book for you. And if you’re sick of reading/writing academic essays, this is also the book for you. Virginia Woolf explores the issue of women and fiction and constructs them into a part novel/academic essay and that’s what interesting to read.

My favourite sentence in the novel is, “Sir, a woman’s composing is like a dog’s walking on its hind legs.  It is not done well, but you are surprised to find it done at all” (3, 63), where women composers/writers were not taken seriously. It’s succinct and simplicity sets the tone of how it was like for women writers before.

And the mention of Shakespeare’s sister, Judith,  to have been as “wonderfully gifted” (3,54) as her brother in the art of poetry and all things that well characterizes him. “She was as adventurous, as imaginative, as agog to see the world as he was.  But she was not sent to school.  She had no chance of learning grammar and logic, let alone of reading Horace and Virgil” [3,55] There was no freedom for her to learn and expand her imagination.

Well when all things look hopeless for future writers out there, the last chapter proves otherwise. Woolf emphasizes on the intangible feeling of writing and how “even in poverty and obscurity, [to live and write poetry] is worth while”. (6,132).

This really is a great read. And for someone who seldom reads (sorry, I’m working on that. A life of academia.), it’s worth reading.

The next book I’m reading is “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame. It’s a children’s novel but everybody needs a novel that relaxes and takes you to another realm of pure imagination.



One Response to A roof of one’s own _ Virginia Woolf

  1. Elyas Mulu Kiros says:

    “even in poverty and obscurity, [to live and write poetry] is worth while”. Beautiful! Am gonna quote it. 🙂

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