The sun hadn't risen yet.
The sea was indistinguishable from the sky, except that the sea was slightly wrinkled as if a cloth had wrinkles.
Little by little, as the sky bleached, a dark line stretched across the horizon dividing the sea from the sky and the grey cloth was seen with thick strokes that moved, one after the other, under the surface, going on, chasing, perpetually.....
The Waves, first published in 1931, is Virginia Woolf's most experimental novel.
It consists of soliloquies spoken by the book's six characters:
Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny and Louis.
Also important is Percival, the seventh character, although readers never hear him speak with his own voice.
The soliloquies that extend throughout the characters' lives are interrupted by nine short third-person interludes detailing a coastal scene at different stages of the day, from dawn to dusk, while the six characters or "voices" speak, Woolf explores the concepts of individuality, identity and community.
Each character is different, but together they compose a gestalt on a silent central consciousness.
Virginia Woolf, novelista y crítica británica, formó parte del llamado grupo Bloomsbury junto a su marido, con quien fundó posteriormente Hogarth Publishing.
Sus primeras novelas demuestran su determinación de ampliar la perspectiva de la novela más allá del mero acto de narración.
Sin embargo, su estilo evolucionó para idear argumentos basados en la vida interior de los personajes.
Su técnica del monólogo interior y su estilo poético están considerados como una de las aportaciones más importantes a la novela moderna.