"There does not seem any reason at all to doubt that in this book has been issued a masterpiece of the first rank....It is written in prose; but that is a matter of the way marks fall on a page. Exploratory beauty, turning dark jungle into a safe habitation for the spirit, is here as it is in the work of the greatest of those who in the past used verse for their medium....The book is full of minute beauties; it is full of explanations of phases of being that have not before been visited by the writer. It demands careful reading and the completest consent to receive novelty. In fact, it has got to be read as conscientiously and as often as one would play over a newly discovered Beethoven sonata before one is satisfied one had got everything out of it that the composer had put in."Woolf, Virginia is the author of 'Orlando A Biography', published 2006 under ISBN 9780156031516 and ISBN 0156031515.