Four Tuesdays in March via Zoom, beginning on March 2nd. 7:00pm to 8:00pm. (copy of book included)
"There is always at the center of all the brilliant and flashing petals of the flower this scorpion, ‘Why live?’" Virginia Woolf writes, in the 1920s, about Tolstoy. The exact image of the flower recurs in The Waves, but without the stinging toxic question. Woolf's 1931 novel is instead one of literature's greatest hymns to being and time (certainly more lively and less Nazi than Heidegger's) and one of the most innovative narrative works of the last hundred years.
A six-part harmony of voices: three boys, three girls, are followed from crèche to old age, interspersed with some of the most precise and poetic nature writing ever produced (prepare to be astounded by verbs). The boys might be E.M. Forster, Lytton Strachey, and T.S. Eliot; the girls Mary Hutchinson, Vanessa Bell, and Virginia herself, or they might be all of us. The Waves is often called "difficult," "experimental," and "Woolf's strangest novel," but what if it's merely beautiful, exact, and also heartbreaking? It's a novel that can only be experienced to its fullest. Join Marco Roth as your guide as we dive headlong, like dolphins, for four weeks, beginning on March 2.