Cover of: The voyage out | Virginia Woolf

About the Book

“The Voyage Out” by Virginia Woolf.

This is a story about a young English woman, Rachel, on a sea voyage from London, to a South American coastal city of Santa Marina. As I read the story, the title of the story became a metaphor for Rachel's inner journey.
The inner journey within this story is perhaps best summarized in the author's words:
“The next few months passed away, as many years can pass away, without definite events, and yet, if suddenly disturbed, it would be seen that such months or years had a character unlike others.”
Rachel's mother has passed away many years ago. The sea voyage and the subsequent months in Santa Marina show that Rachel is also on an inner journey, to understand herself better. She seeks advice from Helen, her aunt, and Helen and Rachel become close friends.
“…................The vision of her own personality, of herself as a real everlasting thing, different from anything else, unmergeable, like the sea or the wind, flashed into Rachel's mind, and she became profoundly excited at the thought of living...................”

Rachel falls in love with a young Englishman, Terence, in Santa Marina. But tragically, she falls ill and dies. Yet, in the brief time that Helen and Terence have known her, her journey has also made them reflect about their own lives.

Edition Notes

Series
A Harvest/HBJ book

Classifications

Library of Congress
PR6045 O72 V6 1948

The Physical Object

Pagination
375 p. --
Number of pages
375

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL19952476M
Internet Archive
voyageout00virg
ISBN 10
0156936259
Library Thing
12306
Goodreads
1421744
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