"Notte e giorno", pubblicato nel 1919, è il secondo romanzo di Virginia Woolf: l'abilità dell'autrice nel delineare i tratti più delicati ed elusivi della dimensione sentimentale della vita, nonché le gradazioni più sfuggenti e ineffabili dei legami d'amore, lo rendono un importante passaggio nell'iter compositivo woolfiano. In esso la sperimentazione e il gioco letterario, la disgregazione dello stile e dell'impalcatura del romanzo classico non hanno ancora del tutto preso forma, anche se il romanzo anticipa e allude già a un cammino modernista. L'opera è caratterizzata da profondi contrasti tra opposti ed estremi, come il titolo stesso suggerisce: i personaggi e le situazioni mutano sovente e da un punto di partenza con determinate caratteristiche si giunge poi a un panorama di eventi del tutto diverso. L'autrice propone, inoltre, una nuova immagine di donna, forte e fragile al contempo, che tenta di far fronte alle sfide e all'ignoto di un secolo ancora acerbo, serbando l'eredità di un vecchio mondo che va gradualmente sfaldandosi pur contenendo ancora qualche utile scampolo di verità.
- ISBN: 881803426X
- Casa Editrice: Rusconi Libri
- Pagine: 512
London, Early 20thC. Four characters; two men and two women, estranged by their social status but tightly knotted by the invisible strings of their restrained yearnings feature the storyline of this novel. More traditional in style and form than Woolf’s later and more exploratory works, Night and Da Leggi tutto
One way of describing Night and Day might be a comedy of manners without the comedy. Much of the novel takes place in a Victorian drawing room. Katherine Mansfield famously took exception to Woolf’s utter disregard of the war that had recently taken place. And it’s true there’s something distasteful Leggi tutto
Every now and then, when you think you’re having a busy and difficult week, you come across the book. There is an indescribable feeling you get, once you’ve come into contact with such words blended with adroitness, words which add measure to the beat of human thought through a scheme of scenes. How Leggi tutto
(With apologies to Cole Porter) Night and day you are the one Only you beneath the moon or under the sun Whether near to me or far it's no matter I struggle to get through you. By my bedside, in the kitchen I'm reading you Day and night, night and day. Why is it so that this determination to finish you Nags Leggi tutto
“ Her words... were set down as gently and cautiously and exactly as the feet of a Persian cat stepping among china ornaments. ” Woolf, writing about Katherine, could just as easily have been describing her own novel. Choices - What does it mean to be a woman today? Are love and marriage inextricably li Leggi tutto
Night and Day is Virginia’s attempt at reconciling past and the present. Here Virginia Woolf submits to the traditional form of a novel. Yet this submission is qualified, for one can see the traces of stream of conscious writing which was fully developed in her later novels. Edwardian time marked a Leggi tutto
Night And Day by Virginia Woolf reminds me of Picasso's Blue and Pink Period. Left behind is the "grand European history painting", and all the characters appear slightly blue, with a touch of rose. You sense that something new is coming, lurking in the shadows, waiting to erupt at full force. But
‘There are some books that LIVE’, she mused. ‘They are young with us, and they grow old with us’. Mrs. Hilbery, of course, is quite right about that. And this was one such book for me, I suspect. At least, I feel now, upon closing it, that it reached the span of my years and, quite unexpectedly, unde Leggi tutto
Ralph adores Katharine. Mary loves Ralph. William, who seems to love himself mostly, desperately wants to marry Katharine. Katharine, who seems to be sleepwalking through her life, loves…Mathematics. Katharine, an upper-class woman living with her parents, has to hide her love. The above “entangleme Leggi tutto
I have to say it- I was very much impressed by this novel. I've took my sweet time reading Night and Day. I was working overtime during the pandemic so there were times when I had to abandon reading this novel altogether, as lovely as it is. However, even if that hadn't been the case, I think it wou Leggi tutto
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