I read this novel last year for my English Literature class and I have to tell you, I was not impressed.
I struggled to keep up with Woolf’s unique -chaotic- writing style. I appreciate the fact that she tries to introduce a being that lives for hundreds of years and that is ultimately gender fluid. He begins as man and afterwards transforms into a woman. it is supposed to be a revolutionary novel for its time but today I still cannot understand what all the fuss was about.
I was mostly bothered by the fact that she tried to depict her own life and problems through Orlando. I appreciate the fact that she tried to address issues of her time such as male domination and the non-existent role of women in the 20th century.
On that note, I have to say that I liked the allusions in the story line. Woolf refer to the famous moores as described by Emily Bronte herself. I also enjoyed the fact that the allusions touch upon stories like the traditional fairy tales. She essentially tries to include many elements that are familiar to her readers in order to introduce an unfamiliar story.
If you want to read it for fun, keep an open mind. It is a peculiar book with its ups and downs.
Enjoy and Happy Reading!