Virginia Woolf’s short story Kew Gardens has received much acclaim since it was first published in and is still popular today, with a new edition released. The New Dress – Virginia Woolf Short Stories by Virginia Woolf – Virginia Woolf. Short Stories by Virginia Kew Gardens – Virginia Woolf. Tres relatos de Virginia Woolf son los que componen este libro y que muestran lo que a ella le gustaba denominar momentos de existencia.
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Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf
Return to Book Page. Preview — Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf. Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf. Inat The Hogarth Press, Virginia Woolf produced and published a limited edition of what was to become one of her best-loved stories. The book’s jacket design and page illustrations were by her sister, artist Vanessa Bell.
Th Inat The Hogarth Press, Virginia Woolf produced and published a limited edition of what was to become one of her best-loved stories. The lush and haunting story circles around Kew Gardens one hot day in July, as various odd and interesting couples walk by and talk, exchanging words but letting thoughts and memories float languorously above the glossy leaves and exotic blooms, while at their feet, a determined snail cirginia its way slowly across a mountainous flower bed.
Elegantly produced, a precise replica of that special edition, with Vanessa Bell’s jacket and decorative drawings, this is a rare treat for Bloomsbury devotees and all who love beautiful books. Hardcoverpages. Published by Norwood Editions first published Kew Gardens United Kingdom. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Kew Gardensplease sign up.
See 1 question about Kew Gardens…. Lists with This Book. Feb 14, Annelies rated it really liked it Shelves: Only Woolf can write about ordinary things in such a short story and make you long for more.
She easily moves from one subject to another in a natural way. You can imagine Kew Gardens on this summers day. Feel the sun, see the colours of the flowers, subject you to the struggle of the snail to move forward, see and hear the people strolling around. Actually there happens quite of nothing but she makes it look like a great deal. That’s the capacity of a really great author. View all 7 comments.
Kew Gardens is my first short story read of Virginia Woolf. And I have to say that I’m very much impressed.
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I think only Virginia can write such an abstract story with mastery. Four different couples, a couple with children, two men – one old and one young, two lower middle class women and a young couple new to love, walk past a flower bed absorbed in their own separate worlds.
Their thoughts, words and actions form Kew Gardens is my first short story read of Virginia Woolf. Their thoughts, words and actions form the story of the short fiction.
I have always observed that Virginia does not write proper stories. She describes places, observes nature, exposes human mind and emotion; and these things combined is her story which is uncommon yet at the same time fascinating. The beauty in this short work lies in Virginia’s writing. It is pretty much grand in almost all the books I have read of her so far. But I felt that her writing is even grander in this short work.
I’m certain it is much due to the setting being the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Kew which gave her ample material to weave her imaginary brush with many beautiful and colorful paintings. Virginia Woolf always leave me in awe after reading her, and I experienced that same wonder after reading Kew Gardens. With every read of her she grows more in my esteem. View all 9 comments. Aren’t they one’s past, all that remains of it, those men and women, those ghosts lying under the trees…one’s happiness, one’s reality?
With several edits it could easily fit within Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway or her Mrs. A Short Story Sequence. Woolf, once more, revisits her favorite themes of passion, desire, love, and regret; “Doesn’t one always think of the past, in a garden with men and women lying under the trees?
Woolf, once more, revisits her favorite themes of passion, desire, love, and regret; in short, Woolf turns her perceptive again on humanity, using stream of consciousness. What Woolf does brilliantly here is to capture the chaos of life in all its pain, darkness and beauty.
Nov 06, Mohsin Maqbool rated it really liked it. Similarly, Virginia Woolf too loved Nature and proved her love with alluring descriptive passages in her prose.
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And mind you, few writers can write the way she does. Yes, it is that beautiful. And I am not exaggerating. Here is living proof of that. The petals were voluminous enough to be stirred by the summer breeze, and when they moved, the red, blue and yellow lights passed one over the other, staining an inch of the brown earth beneath with a spot of the most intricate colour.
The light fell either upon the smooth, grey back of a pebble, or, the shell of a snail with its brown, circular veins, or falling into a raindrop, it expanded with such intensity of red, blue and yellow the thin walls of water that one expected them to burst and disappear. Instead, the drop was left in a second silver grey once more, and the light now settled upon the flesh of a leaf, revealing the branching thread of fibre beneath the surface, and again it moved on and spread its illumination in the vast green spaces beneath the dome of the heart-shaped and tongue-shaped leaves.
Then the breeze stirred rather more briskly overhead and the colour was flashed into the air above, into the eyes of the men and women who walk in Kew Gardens in July. That she loves delving with colours like an artist from his palette on canvas.
In the above-mentioned extract, she has used red, blue, yellow, gold, brown, grey, silver-grey and green. However, that is not the end of these trio of colours as they crop up again later: Snail seems to be playing an important part in this story as he keeps popping up again and again.
As to how, you will have to read the short story yourself. Now chip board and even formica are used as wood has become rare and expensive. Because of the cutting down of trees and destruction of entire forests at a rapid pace by the timber mafia, especially here in Pakistan.
Some rural populations also encroach upon forest land, thus destroying the habitats of animals, birds and insects. Even paper is being recycled for publishing books because of the rarity of trees. Or maybe she was writing her story in a notebook while actually sitting there under the shade of a tree. View all 4 comments. Dec 07, Alicia rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s incredible how such a short story can make you realise about daily-life stuff.
Especially loved the way she described nature. He talked almost incessantly. He smiled to himself and again began to talk, as if the smile had been an answer. Jul 28, Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves: A typical Virginia Woolf short story in which the stream of consciousness technique is masterfully employed. Very poetic with a high level of intricacy.
May 27, Alisa Cupcakeland rated it really liked it. It’s like going for a walk at Kew Gardens with Virginia Woolf. You read people walking around the garden, telling their past, and a snail moving across a leaf. Besides, I read this story before I even took my first literature lesson, double trouble.
Kew Garden was written after World War 1, so I woolr think there are a lot of connection between them, especially we all know that England played an important part in WW1. There are a lot of metaphors inside the story, and only when you look deep down while you find the story interesting…otherwise? You will think this is just a horrible one, only with vivid description. Now, where should we start?
What did the snail represent? Personally, trace back to WW1, I think the snail is a metaphor to all people mentioned in Kew Gardens.
Take a look at its movement, it appeared whenever a couple was going to be introduced. They talked about their past, tracing back their memories, and what the life woolff be without the war, and how they made their decision in such a time.
Kew Gardens (short story)
So, this is my best explanation. Something rather than the snail? I think how the narrator described Kew Garden was rather interesting. In the beginning, the narrator focused on the entire garden, how the flowers looked like vidginia those color. And then slightly moved to focus on the snail and people.
After that, the entire focus turned back to the whole garden scene, or a bird-view scene. The director tends to focus on everything, and moved on to the vital part, till the end, everything became a blur and the entire view appeared again.