The debut novel of South African author, Olive Schreiner, was published in 1883 under the pseudonym Ralph Iron. I had to read it in 2008 for a university course about modernist literature. I remember liking some elements, but certainly it’s not a favourite book and I’m not going to re-read it again.
The novel follows the characters Lyndall, Em and Waldo. It’s one of those books without much of a plot. I seem to recall there were affairs, and farming, and heat, and wandering around. The interest is more in the writing style. I don’t know if Virginia Woolf read this book, but it could have been an influence as I’m sure there are similarities.