Rachel Vinrace, Virginia Woolf's first heroine, is a motherless young woman who, at twenty-four, embarks on a sea voyage with a party of other English folk to South America. Guileless, and with only a smattering of education, Rachel is taken under the wing of her aunt Helen, who wishes to teach Rachel "how to live." Arriving in Santa Marina, a village on the South American coast, Rachel and Helen are introduced to a group of English expatriates. Among them is the young, sensitive Terence Hewet, an aspiring writer, with whom Rachel falls in love. But theirs is ultimately a tale of doomed love, set against a chorus of other stories and other points of view, as the narrative shifts focus between its central and peripheral characters.
Less formally experimental than her later novels, "The Voyage Out" nonetheless clearly lays bare the poetic style and innovative technique with its multiple figures of consciousness, its detailed portraits of characters' inner lives, and its constant shifting between the quotidian and the profound that are the signature of Woolf's fiction.
About the Author
Virginia Woolf (1842-1941) was best known for her novels Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse. Throughout her life, she suffered through mental illness (what we would call bipolar disorder these days). She committed suicide, drowning herself at the age of 59.
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