Young Bloomsbury: the generation that reimagined love, freedom and self-expression

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Young Bloomsbury: the generation that reimagined love, freedom and self-expression

Young Bloomsbury: the generation that reimagined love, freedom and self-expression

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The hardcover has helpful photographs of everyone, but the Audible version is read by the author, which I found delightful, especially since one could trust that she wasn't mispronouncing the names. But for anyone interested in the background to books like Orlando who hasn’t read much, if anything, about Bloomsbury then this is a reasonable, undemanding introduction to its key players and their interactions with their surroundings. An “illuminating” ( Daily Mail , London) exploration of the second generation of the iconic Bloomsbury Group who inspired their elders to new heights of creativity and passion while also pushing the boundaries of sexual freedom and gender norms in 1920s England. Sure, he was a member of the younger Bloomsbury set, but still, I couldn't understand why he was singled out.

Nino Strachey is a thoroughly boring narrator who reads rather than performs the next, yet another disservice she does to artists who, even in death, are more alive than the slim book that was written about them.I want to sink myself into their literary output to understand the concepts they were grappling with. I’m glad Strachey opted to share the information and stories - especially to show that members of the LGBTQIA+ community have always existed and fought for a place to exist in this world. They came together through different routes: wild parties, exclusive dining clubs, some flocked to Lytton Strachey’s home at Ham Spray others to literary salons in Bloomsbury itself. I have a feeling Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant and all the other members of the Bloomsbury milieu are spinning in their graves right about now.

You walk in an alley sheltered and comely … your hedges are grown so tall that you know nothing of the sun, save that he falls sometimes perpendicular on your vanity and warms your self-complacency at noon.As someone fairly new to the Bloomsbury Group topic, this was a really interesting read for me as I didn’t know much about the original members of the group and knew virtually nothing about the second wave of members in the 1920's. Of course, author Nino Strachey is a relative of Lytton Strachey, one of the ‘Old Bloomsbury’ set and so I had hoped for some real insights and unseen material.

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