Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf
Rating: 3/5 Stars
The story of a man’s life from a day in his childhood to the day of his death. “Jacob’s Room…comes as a tremendous surprise. The impossible has occurred. The style closely resembles that of Kew Gardens….The break with Night and Day and even with The Voyage Out is complete. A new type of fiction has swum into view”
Honestly, I wouldn’t know how to spoil this book if I tried…but let’s get to the review..I’ll probably keep it fairly short.
So, I am sorta new to classics. I have obviously read quite a few classics for school, but my focus was always reading so I could pass a test or quiz. It’s not like I was reading to enjoy the book and understand the book. I’m sure most, if not all, of you understand what that’s like. I did decide I would like to get back into classics and so I purchased a compilation of Virginia Woolf’s works. I think it has like seven of her books in it.
If you’re unaware of Woolf and her writing style..well she writes in what’s called a “stream of consciousness” style. I personally think it’s pretty confusing, but to each their own. So, I did struggle to follow what was going on but it is a learning process.
I think classics can be quite tough to understand so I read this book by chapter and the would look up an analysis of each chapter, because I really did want to understand the symbolism of her writing and what was going on. It made things much easier for me and it really helped me enjoy the book when I knew why certain things were said or done.
I think it’s a clever book and I do plan on reading her other books. It’s slow progress for me, but I think it’s a fun kind of challenge. I like taking classics slow and really trying to dive into it and understand it. Am I going to become someone who only reads classics? Nope. I do think I would like to revisit a lot of classics I had to read for school though. I would like to try and read a classic a month, but we’ll see about that.
Anyway, sorry for the tangent, back to the review. I think that Woolf had some good discussions brought up in the book and I absolutely loved how the novel ended! I really enjoyed the ending a lot. It’s a fun read with lots of mystery as you only learn about Jacob from how others view him. I think it’s a pretty clever plot and the writing style itself is unique especially when paired with this plot.
Overall, I think it’s a good book. It isn’t a favorite of mine or anything but I thought it was interesting and Woolf did a fairly good job with leaving you wondering about who Jacob really is. I felt like some of it could actually be pretty relatable in a more generic way. So, if you’re looking for a short classic then maybe this one is for you. 🙂