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"Written during the most difficult period of Virginia Woolf's life, this journal is very methodical and routine in the first few years. You could tell she was trying to rebuild her mind after her first nervous breakdown. The diary just stops before difficult periods and resumes after she recovers. The travel sections are actually less interesting despite being more than just an account of her daily tasks, because they feel more straightforward in a way. You infer less about her life at this point, because she's merely outlining travel. It was clear, however, that she was deeply devoted to becoming a writer and did all she could to make that happen. I was hoping this set of journals would shed some light on the difficult events that characterized the rest of her life, but it shows how even in the seemingly open and free world of journal writing, we lie to ourselves or merely examine what we choose to examine. The memoirs she did that comprise Moments of Being are much more illuminating, open and honest. One small section does provide some chilling backdoor insight, and it was hard to read. While vacationing in the country with her family (shortly before her father became ill), Virginia learned of a local woman's recent suicide by drowning in the Serpentine River. While shaken by this story, she writes about it in detail, speculating about the woman's motives for committing this act. Her writing about this incident has a fascinated feel to it, and it is an eerie sign of things to come for her."
Large format (trade) paperback 1992.
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