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A summary of this book would be difficult as it mostly concerns details about the private lives of the Pargiter family. As such, Woolf focuses in on particular days and weeks from the mid to late 1800s to the early 1930s. Therefore, it could be described as a book of naturalism or social realism as the private lives of all these characters is exposed and analyzed in the blunt and realistic style that characterizes Woolf's other works. It is a work of modernist fiction that uses set and setting as parameters around the main plot, with human subjectivity as a recurrent theme throughout the whole novel as well as war and the feminist rights of women during this time period, so it is partly historical. To get a summary you should probably read the book as this is a modernist work of fiction and therefore could be construed as random.

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