A @COLLEENCHESEBRO #BOOK #REVIEW “RIDING AT THE GATES OF SIXTY-VIRGINIA WOOLF” by @ALIENORATAYLOR

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Title:  Riding at the Gates of Sixty – Virginia Woolf

Author:  Alienora Taylor

Website:  https://alienorabrowning.wordpress.com/

ASIN:  B00UJFIE6I

Published:  March 10, 2015

Pages:  153

Genre:  Fact-based Fiction, Drama

Virginia Woolf’s last days before her tragic suicide in March 1941, at the age of 59 years, is the setting for this partly true/fictional account told through the eyes of her family and friends.  This haunting novel is written much in the first person, and you get a firsthand account of the events from her husband, Virginia herself, and her friend, Vanessa Bell.  This in depth character study shows Virginia Woolf, as she truly was, a woman comprised of more than just the tragedy of her early demise.

Virginia Woolf was one of the most respected British writers of her time.  Self educated at home by her father, she developed a particular writing style that was intriguing in her ability to write dream like sequences within the orderly plot line of her stories.  This non-linear writing style allowed Virginia to be more creative, a form of writing that had never been done before by other authors.

In true form, Alienora Taylor employs the same non-linear writing style in her account of Virginia Woolf’s last days.  At times, I felt like the author must be channeling the memories and feelings of Virginia, the writing was so engaging.  Virginia came alive for me.  I like to think that I now better understand her depression and the demons that pursued her.  I got to know the real Virginia Woolf.

Alienora Taylor

Author, Alienora Taylor

The happenings in the book are based on fact.  The author studied in detail, letters belonging to Virginia Woolf in preparation for writing this novel.  The only speculation can be, as to what really existed in the minds of the characters.  I felt the author’s attempt to understand and empathize with Virginia’s consuming depression portrayed her, as a successful woman filled with many self doubts, much like modern women today.  Virginia seemed to have it all – success, a loving husband, family.  It just was not enough to help her in the end.

I loved this book.  I knew little about Virginia Woolf, other than that she was a successful author who committed suicide.  What I found reading this novel, was that Virginia Woolf was a strong determined soul, a creative genius, tortured by her madness.  I cannot wait to read her novels!

RATINGS
Realistic Characterization: 5/5
Made Me Think: 5/5
Overall enjoyment: 5/5
Readability: 4.5/5
Recommended: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5.0

Buy it at: Amazon
Format & Pricing:

Kindle: $2.99 US

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Author: Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

Colleen M. Chesebro grew up in a large city in the Midwest. Keen on making her own way in the world, she joined the United States Air Force after graduation to tour the world and find herself. To this day, that search continues. Today, she’s a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com, where poets learn how to create traditional and modern forms of syllabic poetry. Colleen created Word Craft Poetry as an uplifting community where poets can learn the basics of writing Japanese and American syllabic poetry by sharing their own poetic inspiration on their blogs through the challenge written in one of the following forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger Hexastich, and Abhanga. Poets receive positive feedback from their peers who inspire each other to stretch their creativity. Colleen’s syllabic poetry has appeared in “Hedgerow, a Journal of Small Poems,” and in “Poetry Treasures,” and “Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships,” including several other online publications. She’s also received several awards for her flash fiction pieces from the yearly Carrot Ranch.com rodeo events. Colleen created Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in their book publishing needs. When she's not writing poetry or crafting short stories, you’ll find her digging in her garden, or playing with her two unicorn cats, Chloe & Sophie. Most days you can find her writing poetry on wordcraftpoetry.com. 💜

10 thoughts on “A @COLLEENCHESEBRO #BOOK #REVIEW “RIDING AT THE GATES OF SIXTY-VIRGINIA WOOLF” by @ALIENORATAYLOR”

  1. It sounds fascinating and Alienora too. As I was telling her over in Twitter I lived in Rodmell, the same village where Woolf lived towards the end of ther life and I’ve visited her house a few times.

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  2. A great review Colleen… I’m really intrigued now! So many people in the public eye who seem to have it all end their lives in tragedy. So sad.

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