The Waves is an experimental Modernist novel following the lives of six children through adulthood and young professional life. The protagonists center their lives in part on the actions of the charismatic Percival, a seventh friend. The novel explores themes of individual identity and communal good, its ruminations broken up by repeated imagistic descriptions of the seashore from no particular perspective. The narrative is not a traditional one and does not contain many traditional plot elements.

Summary of The Waves by Virginia Woolf

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