Virginia Woolf
Orlando Cover

Orlando: A Biography


I haven't read much classic literature. I often find it difficult to read, being so different than contemporary writing. Often I find the prose, while beautiful, gets in the way of plot and characters. "Orlando: A Biography" is one such book. It is beautifully written, with lush prose and imagery. However, there is little to no plot, only a concept really, that the main character begins the tale as a man and halfway through the book, wakes up a woman. Woolf acknowledges in the book that there isn't a cohesive story. Rather, it's a biography, so it jumps from point to point in Orlando's life. It is a fantasy, though not in the traditional sense, but in that something fanastical happens and the characters react to it.

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