Vanessa and Her Sister

Vanessa and Her Sister

Audiobook CD - 2015
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London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the centre of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer. Each member of the group will go on to earn fame and success, but so far Vanessa Bell has never sold a painting. Virginia Woolf's book review has just been turned down by The Times. Lytton Strachey has not published anything. E.M. Forster has finished his first novel but does not like the title. Leonard Woolf is still a civil servant in Ceylon, and John Maynard Keynes is looking for a job. Together, this sparkling coterie of artists and intellectuals throw away convention and embrace the wild freedom of being young, single bohemians in London. But the landscape shifts when Vanessa unexpectedly falls in love and her sister feels dangerously abandoned. Eerily possessive, charismatic, manipulative, and brilliant, Virginia has always lived in the shelter of Vanessa's constant attention and encouragement. Without it, she careens toward self-destruction and madness.
Publisher: Tullamarine, Victoria : 2015. Bolinda Audio,
Edition: MP3 edition Unabridged
ISBN: 9781489017338
Branch Call Number: AB PARM
Characteristics: 1 MP3 CD (10 hr. 59 min.)

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Mar 29, 2015

Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed listening to this story. Each character was read by a different person, giving them personality and voice. The format of a story being told through diary entries, letters, postcards and telegrams was, I think, meant to bring that "inside" thought of a person to the surface and, perhaps, to bring out the real person.
The story of this group, told mainly through Vanessa's eyes is fascinating. So much was happening in those days. It must have been an exciting time to live.
The book shows a Bohemian lifestyle that is avant garde and exciting, if one could live it. But it's from a privileged point of view and often makes this group seem pompous. That said, this group was amazing in their talents. Their talents and works are not disputed but their personal lives seem self-contained, often detached, arrogant and removed from the rest of us...by their choice.

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