Challenging but rewarding in parts.
The chapters are long. The setting/time period are sometimes hard to pin down.
Once Orlando's gender changes halfway through things get more interesting - as Orlando thinks about the ways that her life has changed as a woman.
There is also a heightened level of comedy at this point in the story - as the other characters barely react to the change.
This is a book which felt most engaging at its center.
Read it if you're in the mood for some magical realism or gender discourse
one of woolf's most accessible novels, this is also one of the funniest and prettiest books i've ever read.
I totally didn’t get this one, although it was strangely readable. I lost track of who was transgendered and who was immortal and who was both, and wished that those aspects were a subject of the novel and not a device. Like many stories involving longer-than-human lengths of time, a great deal of it is spent on the beginning and then we zoom through the next few hundred years and come to a quick conclusion.
Not an easy read and quite frustrating in some ways, but sly and witty in others. Difficult to categorise.
Orlando who first starts off as a male who writes stories and poetry and over time, he turns into a she. And all his/her struggles with life and their running away and living life which supposedly lasts over 300 years. Unfortunately I didn't get much out of this book.
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