Virginia Woolf is

Virginia Woolf is

  • Britain's greatest ever writer after Shakespeare, Dickens and Austen

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • A writer of experimental but tedious books and essays that were wrong

    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • Who's Virginia Woolf

    Votes: 5 31.3%
  • Your own answer

    Votes: 7 43.8%

  • Total voters
    16

Yellow Fang

Legendary Member
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I am wondering whether I should ever read To The Lighthouse. Not because I anticipate it being at all entertaining or enlightening, but because it is the only book in the the top ten British books from this survey that I have not read yet.
 
I'm not at all sure about this 'after Shakespeare, Dickens and Austen' stuff ! Knock out 'Middlemarch' from the top spot on that list and it looks better.
 

deptfordmarmoset

Full time tea drinker
Location
Armonmy Way
I am wondering whether I should ever read To The Lighthouse. Not because I anticipate it being at all entertaining or enlightening, but because it is the only book in the the top ten British books from this survey that I have not read yet.
If you've read Mrs Dalloway, you'll already have some idea of Woolf's style. I think, if I remember rightly, that I preferred The Lighthouse but for me it was one step up from Dalloway, not 3 or 4 steps up.
 

Venod

Eh up
Location
Yorkshire
Shakespeare, tried reading some, gave up, unreadable.
Dickens more readable than Shakespeare, but not my cup of tea.
Austin, the wife likes her.
Virginia Wolf, don't know anybody who has read any of her stuff.
 
Better than Shakespeare is a very low bar, even Dan Brown can do that

Trouble with Shakespeare is it's full of cliches
 

AndyRM

XOXO
Location
North Shields
Go for it, if you don't like it you can always stop.

That's an interesting list albeit not particularly British, and having series/trilogies in there seems like cheating.
 
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