Elizabeth Klett’s narration is very well suited to reading Woolf. She has a particularly clear style while her accent and her performance make the book a pleasure to listen to.
This collection contains short works of descriptive prose as well as short stories. It is supposed to contain eight works, however A Haunted House is missing from the version I downloaded from Audible, while Blue and Green is included twice. It’s disappointing as I’d bet Klett recorded A Haunted House and the error has been introduced in post production. Otherwise the production quality is excellent.
The standout piece from this collection is the short story A Society. This work alone is worth purchasing the collection for – it’s quite a giggle and has the depth and humour you’d expect. A quote from the first minute gives an idea of the humour:
“After a time, so far as I can remember, we drew round the fire and began, as usual, to praise men.”
This is a story of a society in which women are brought up to breed and men are brought up to write (and paint and other artistic and scientific endeavours). When the women of the society question whether the men are keeping up their end of the bargain they embark on a very thorough and utterly delightful investigation.
The rest of the collection is a mix of experiments with prose and observation and gives an interesting insight into the development of Woolf’s writing.
As a whole the collection feels like the juvenilia of Virginia Woolf. It was published prior to her best known novels and some of the pieces give the impression of experimental writing or writing practice. There are definite similarities to her later works to be found here, and it is worthwhile reading for fans of Virginia Woolf who want to observe how her writing developed over time.
Monday or Tuesday • by Virginia Woolf • read by Elizabeth Klett • 2 hours 9 mins • published by Audio Books by Mike Vendetti • 2015 • available from Audible.com