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Unabridged Audiobook, read by Juliet Stevenson,
This review is from: To The Lighthouse (Complete Classics) (Audio CD)Juliet Stevenson reads this perfectly. Speaking very clearly, she injects the right amount of emotion, rhythm, stress and intonation into the reading. She brings the book to life, and makes it very easy to follow.
The book itself deals with the passing of time; how artists, philosophers and scientists worry about being remembered for their work; and how women are remembered through their children.
The central female character, Mrs Ramsay, provides emotional support to the men around her. She feels the "sterility of men", and how the "whole effort of merging, and flowing and creating" rests with her.
The other important female character, Lily Briscoe, is an artist, who does not marry. She struggles with her art, and fears that after her death her paintings will be discarded, destroyed, or "hung in the attics" unnoticed. By taking strength from her memory of Mrs Ramsay, she is finally able to produce a painting of significance.
The youngest son, James Ramsay, is reliant on the attention of his mother, but yearns for the approval of his father.
The book ends with James Ramsay finally receiving his father's approval, just as Lily Briscoe finally succeeds in painting what she sees and feels.
This audiobook runs to 7 hours 39 minutes, on 6 CDs.