Friday, April 19, 2013

Virginia Wolf: A Children's Story

I never would have expected the life of lofty, intellectual, suicidal Virginia Woolf to make a good children’s story, but Kyo Maclear’s Virginia Wolf appears to be very sweet indeed. Inspired by Woolf’s relationship with her sister, describes the children’s story as follows:

“Vanessa’s sister, Virginia, is in a ‘wolfish’ mood – growling, howling and acting very strange. It’s a funk so fierce, the whole household feels topsy-turvy. Vanessa tries everything she can think of to cheer her up, but nothing seems to work. Then Virginia tells Vanessa about an imaginary, perfect place called Bloomsberry. Armed with an idea, Vanessa begins to paint Bloomsberry on the bedroom walls, transforming them into a beautiful garden complete with a ladder and swing ‘so that what was down could climb up.’ Before long, Virginia, too, has picked up a brush and undergoes a surprising transformation of her own.”

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