Recommended by Andrei Codrescu, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #11 in Modernism, Ranked #12 in Modernistsee more rankings.

Virginia Woolf's Orlando 'The longest and most charming love letter in literature', playfully constructs the figure of Orlando as the fictional embodiment of Woolf's close friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West. Spanning three centuries, the novel opens as Orlando, a young nobleman in Elizabeth's England, awaits a visit from the Queen and traces his experience with first love as England under James I lies locked in the embrace of the Great Frost. At the midpoint of the novel, Orlando, now an ambassador in Constantinople, awakes to find that he is now a woman, and the novel indulges in... more

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Andrei Codrescu This is Woolf’s mysterious and magical insight into the cyclical, sexual nature of time. It’s her most beautiful writing too, in my opinion. (Source)

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