Al faro by Virginia Woolf

By Virginia Woolf

Una de las obras más autobiográficas de Virginia Woolf.

Al faro es una de las obras cumbre de los angeles literatura del siglo XX. Basada en l. a. propia infancia de los angeles autora, l. a. novela cuenta los angeles historia de l. a. familia Ramsay en l. a. isla escocesa de Skye en el período de entreguerras. El rumor del mar, l. a. presencia insomne del faro, l. a. guerra, los angeles muerte, el erotismo o el transcurso del tiempo se entreveran en los angeles larga conversación de l. a. novela formando un oleaje de símbolos, palabras e imágenes.

«Una de las inteligencias e imaginaciones más delicadas que ahora ensayan felices experimentos con los angeles novela inglesa.»
Jorge Luis Borges

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It is generally supposed that Nightingale had no organic disease. Though from time to time her doctors concurred that she was on the very brink of death she not only lived until the age of ninety, but continued to work indefatigably for, among other things, the reformation of the Royal Army Medical Services in England and then in India. Whatever the actual nature of her physiological condition might have been, and that she felt herself to be suffering is clear, she managed to work for her reformist aims more effectively through her status as perpetual patient than she ever did as physically active nurse and administrator.

Work always loomed ahekd of her, mountains of it, endless labor, endless toil which somehow must be struggled through" (225). All this frantic activity — urgent, momentous, unlimited in scope, incalculable in effect kept her as insulated from the common concerns of life, the dreadful pull of the mundane chores and sapped energies that she associated with the life of the idle and ornamental woman of her class, as did the invalid life in which she immured herself. It is commonly conceded that she became ill in order to work, but there is something to be said for the notion that both the interminable work and the ever-present threat of terminal illness were expressive of a supervening desire for absolute control over the disposition of her own time and body.

The pupils of a mechanics' 42 The sickroom in Victorian fiction institute, "of which he was the patron" (Prologue 6) conduct " strange experiments " on the grounds " so that sport / Went hand in hand with Science" (Prologue: 79, 80). The house and grounds present a graceful and harmonious combination of past eras and styles, and the objects on display there reach back to the "first bones of Time" (Prologue: 15) and extend to the rich spoils of present-day imperialism. The only dissonant note in this otherwise happy medley of diverse people and objects is the indignant protest voiced by Lilia, the daughter of the house, against her brother's assertion that no women of courage and nobility exist in the present era.

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