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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly her best novel ever written, 8 April 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: To the Lighthouse (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
To The Lighthouse is a novel that not only focuses purely on human nature but transports the reader through the ether for an amazing journey from consciousness to consciousness.
The first part of the book follows the Ramsey family's life one summers day, in their holiday house on the Isle of Skye, in the early 1900s.
From the beginning of the book we learn of James Ramsey's desire to visit the lighthouse they all gaze at from their front window. Sadly, the trip does not take place until the second part of the book, further on in time, after the Great War and after several members of the mysterious family have passed away.
The reader experiences the thoughts and emotions of all the characters first hand and as the plot is so simple, the Ramseys and their guests take the stage. You almost feel you are sitting at the table to dinner with them at one point.
Having already read Orlando, I had an idea of Woolf's style, for someone who has not read Woolf before may find this book a little daunting and have second thoughts once into the first chapter.
The book is no doubt unusual, but at its time it was an innovation in English literature and I must agree this novel is no doubt her most famous piece, due to its sheer brilliance.
There are not many books that can leave such a thought provoking impression on you upon closure.
To The Lighthouse does.
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