- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; New edition edition (14 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192805606
- ISBN-13: 978-0192805607
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.1 x 19.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,407,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
To the Lighthouse (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 14 Sep 2006
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This classic character study takes on a new lease of life with Juliet Stevenson's masterful narration. She lends cohesion to the stream-of-conciousness passages, making them easier to follow. As Mrs Ramsay and Lily Briscoe explore live's questions, Stevenson applies vocal traits to each character, reflecting personalities and values. Both women speak in clear, kind tones, while gruffness captures Mr Ramsay's essence and sarcasm dominates Mr Tansley's. Light, airy notes accompany the children's words. Young James Ramsay's lighthouse journey and Lily's painting of Mr Ramsay tie the book's opening to the conclusion ten years later. Longed for in the beginning, both the endeavours are completes in the end, bringing resolution to the characters' inner struggles. --AudioFile 2008 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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With her usual gift of understanding and reflecting people's thoughts and feelings, fears and longings, griefs and joys, Virginia Woolf steps into the background and leaves it to the characters' reflections to tell the story of their life in an astonishing and beautifully lyrical way.
We read about childhood, marriage, loss and death, grief and love, but also about British society and patriarchal family values during the transition from Victorianism to the Modern times.
I really enjoyed reading To the Lighthouse, because Virginia Woolf's knows, like nobody else, how to combine the thematic challenges she sets herself with a beautiful fluent and lyrical style. What is striking is the identification of the author with the inner state of her characters. You just can't stop reading and deeply regret having reached the final page of the novel.
The plot is basic. It centers around the lives of a family who holiday up in Skye one long summer. The book is split up into 3 sections. There is relatively little action in the whole of the novel. In fact, I'd say about 50% of the novel is in 1 day or afternoon, and about 10% of the novel skips time about 10 years.
To really get to grips with TTL it is essential you come to the novel with an open mind. Really appreciate the focalisation on individuals. Woolf is famous for her place in the stream of conciousness movement which included Joyce etc. The beauty of this novel comes from the interactions between different characters. She can focus on the thoughts of the young son in the family, then she can zoom out and focus on the reactionary thoughts of the mother who is engaged in conversation with her son.
Moments like these are what makes TTL a masterpiece. If you haven't read any Woolf then I would recommend TTL as a good initiation. You could read 'Mrs Dalloway' which receives more publicity, but frankly I find it slightly dull.
TTL, however, is far from it and I firmly believe that this will be a book that comes back to haunt you long after you close it.
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reading it for book group. Not my usual reading matter but kindle the best way to read it and most reasonably priced so very happyPublished 1 month ago by susan hallett
This was my first Virginia Woolf novel. I was expecting a Joycean stream-of-consciousness effort but in fact it was quite an easy read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anxius
Seller and book quality were great. Just didn't like the novel.Published 2 months ago by whoviantennantite