'Listless is the air in an empty room, just swelling the curtain; the flowers in the jar shift. One fibre in the wicker armchair creaks, though no one sits there . . .' Set in the halcyon days of pre-war innocence, Virginia Woolf's third novel, Jacob's Room, follows the progress of a young man as he passes from adolescence to adulthood in a hazy rite of passage. Wandering through the windswept shores of Cornwall to the sunscorched landscape of Greece, his character is revealed in a stream of loosely related incidents, thoughts and impressions. Imparted in a poetic prose style reflecting her experiments with time and reality, Jacob's Room signals Woolf's bold departure from the traditional methods of the English novel.
‘Subtle, delicate and tantalizingly suggestive, Jacob’s Room is the novel in which Woolf examines for the first time the relationship between memory and desire.’ - Sue Roe in the introduction.