• Mitz

  • The Marmoset of Bloomsbury
  • By: Sigrid Nunez
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (225 ratings)

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Mitz

By: Sigrid Nunez
Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
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Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1934, “a sickly, pathetic marmoset” called Mitz came into the care of Leonard Woolf. He nursed her back to health and from then on was rarely seen without her on his shoulder. A ubiquitous presence in Bloomsbury society, Mitz moved with Leonard and Virginia Woolf and their circle, developing special relationships with such associates as T. S. Eliot and Vita Sackville-West. She accompanied the Woolfs on their travels and even played an important role in helping them to escape a close call with Nazis in Germany.

Using letters, diaries, and memoirs, Nunez reconstructs Mitz’s life against the background of Bloomsbury in its twilight years. Tender, affectionate, and humorous, Mitz provides an intimate portrait of a most uncommon household, a glimpse of what Virginia Woolf once described as “the private side of life—the play side,” represented by one’s pets.

©1998 Sigrid Nunez (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“A limpidly written story…In short, glistening sentences that refract the larger world, Ms. Nunez describes the appealingly eccentric, fiercely intelligent Woolfs during a darkening time when Mitz was a tiny focus of their lives.” ( Wall Street Journal)
“Offers a slice of pure whimsy.” ( Entertainment Weekly)
“Reader McCaddon is remarkably clear. She cleverly conveys some of the individual characters with changes in tone and accent.” ( Kliatt)

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A great pleasure

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Must say that it helps to know a bit about Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, but it's certainly not essential (perhaps a nice compromise would be to listen to The Hours or rent the movie of that book first). Mitz is certainly more light hearted than The Hours and in that way, serves as a great complement to it. But it still is plenty rich in atmosphere and relationship development. And there are quite a few laugh aloud moments. I don't normally associate Virginia Woolf with chuckles, but didn't resist it for a minute. The reading is spot on, I could find nothing to fault. And when it was done, I felt sorry for that -- the best measure of enjoying a book that I know. (It also got me to dig out a few old paperbacks of Woolf's works and enjoy them again, too.)

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Lush Mesmerizing Rich details

Thank you Sigrid Munez for this amazing book.
I thought “The Friend” was superb, but THIS, this shows me SO much more.

WRITE ON!

I look forward to ALL your books!

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Wonderfully engaging.

Lovely tale of Virginia and Leonard Wolf’s life with their pet marmoset. Loved the authenticity of the war incidents and Virginia’s relationship with sister and with Leonard. Loved the whole reading. I’d recommend this to anyone wanting to read a historic tale of a fascinating couple and their pet(s).

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Thoroughly Enjoyed

Excellent narrator and charming story. An interesting look at how two prodigious writers. arrange their work and private lives

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Just wonderful

I didn’t know what to expect from this book when I saw it on Audible. Such a beautiful story about Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard and of course their marmoset Mitz. They were fortunate to have Mitzi in their lives even if for s short time.

The chapter about how Mitzi was torn from the jungle along with other animals was quite sad.

I would definitely recommend this book. The performance was particularly good too.

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Loved Mitz

So enjoyed this. Well worth the read or listen! Also insightful into Leonard's and Virginia's lives.

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better than expected

I put off listening to this, as it seemed a bit silly; may be more suited for a juvenile audience. However, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. I know a lot about Virginia Woolf, and even though some of the dialogue and embellishments in the story are invented, they rang true. Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s lives were not easy ones. But the story vividly recounts the part of it that was peaceful, domestic, and shared with the animals they loved.

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Superb literary bio of the Woolfs, with a twist

One of the best things I’ve listened to on Audible. Perfect reader, and writing so good you could bounce a quarter off it. Plus the story of Mitz is fascinating and touching.

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Wonderful book!!!

I’m so happy that I decided to give this a try! So unlike most books today! What a treat!

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Perfect animal lovers and history buffs dream

Set in England prior to and during WWII, the novel is an account of Leonard and Virginia Wolf and the marmoset that adopts them. A lovely, sweet short listen!