Saturday, March 23, 2013

Night and Day - by Virginia Woolf

Free US/UK Kindle Classic

English writer Virginia Woolf is one of the most important writers of her generation.   She is by no means forgotten and all of her books are read and studied and some have been adapted for other media.  Woolf still speaks to us.  However, only her early books are out of copyright and free for Kindle.

Let's take a look at Night and Day, a 1919 novel. (US Edition)  (UK Edition

It was a Sunday evening in October, and in common with many other young ladies of her class, Katharine Hilbery was pouring out tea. Perhaps a fifth part of her mind was thus occupied, and the remaining parts leapt over the little barrier of day which interposed between Monday morning and this rather subdued moment, and played with the things one does voluntarily and normally in the daylight.

Women have always multi-tasked!

. . . Katharine was committed to giving her parents an account of her visit to the Suffrage office. 

"They have an office at the top of one of the old houses in Russell Square. I never saw such queer-looking people. And the man discovered I was related to the poet, and talked to me about poetry. Even Mary Datchet seems different in that atmosphere." 

"Yes, the office atmosphere is very bad for the soul," said Mr. Hilbery.

Sad to think there was a time when Virginia Woolf was not allowed to vote . . . Actually women in the States could not vote at the time my mother was born and I also find it odd to think her strong-willed mother not being allowed to vote.  My mother is 97 and has never missed her chance to vote.  And neither have I.  We remember.  So pick up this book and read about a time when some of us could not take voting for granted . . .

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