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The Lighthouse (SALT MODERN FICTION) Paperback – 15 Aug 2012
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A haunting and accomplished novel.Author: Katy Guest Source: The Independent on Sunday
It is this accumulation of the quotidian, in prose as tight as Magnus Mills’s, which lends Moore’s book its standout nature, and brings the novel to its ambiguous, thrilling end.Author: Philip Womack Source: The Telegraph
No surprise that this quietly startling novel won column inches when it landed on the Man Booker Prize longlist. After all, it’s a slender debut released by a tiny independent publisher. Don’t mistake The Lighthouse for an underdog, though. For starters, it’s far too assured ... Though sparely told, the novel’s simple-seeming narrative has the density of far longer work. People and places are intricately evoked with a forensic feel for mood. It’s title becomes a recurring motif, from the Morse code torch flashes of Futh’s boyhood to the lighthouse-shaped silver perfume case that he carries in his pocket, history filling the void left by its missing vial of scent. Warnings are emitted, too – by Futh’s anxious aunt and an intense man he meets on the ferry. It all stokes a sense of ominousness that makes the denouement not a bit less shocking.Author: Hephzibah Anderson Source: The Daily Mail
The writing is sublime. Spare, sometimes straightforward and sometimes quite opaque. But regardless of the overall transparency, the immediate images of the room or the street or the clifftop are crystal clear, conjured from very few but very well chosen words. The people, too, feel real. They have complex emotions and don't always do logical or sensible things, but they always convince. As they move around one another in still, empty spaces they create a dramatic tension that the reader can almost touch. We wish their lives could be better.Source: Amazon.com
This is powerful writing likely to shine in your memory for a long time.Author: Emily Cleaver Source: LITRO Magazine
Evocative and beautifully written in a spare and simple prose, this is a haunting, sombre and somewhat unsettling story that pulls you in quietly, yet powerfully; I downloaded this onto my Kindle early this morning and read it from the beginning to the rather surprising end in one sitting. We know it is on the longlist for the Booker Prize; it deserves to make it onto the shortlist and I, for one, very much hope it does.Source: Amazon.co.uk
The Lighthouse is a stunning book. Read it. Then read it again.Author: Zoe King Source: Amazon.co.uk
Alison Moore's writing is exquisite, the prose simple and powerful, but it's the use of imagery which really marks it out as something special.Author: Sue Magee Source: The Bookbag
In The Lighthouse Alison Moore has created an unsettling, seemingly becalmed but oddly sensual, and entirely excellent novel.Author: Alan Bowden Source: Words of Mercury
Alison Moore's debut novel has all the assurance of a veteran, a strong contender for the prize, its sense of despair will either be its making or its undoing: 9/10.Author: Roz Davison Source: Don't Read That Read This
Melancholy and haunting. The sense of loneliness and discomfort and rejection is compelling, the low key prose carefully handled. It’s a serious novel with a distinctive and unsettling atmosphere.Author: Margaret Drabble See all Product description
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The lighthouse is hammered home as a symbol throughout, sometimes not very subtly. There are the flashing torches of the adolescent Futh and Kenny, the moth in the hotel room drawn towards the lamp, the totemic silver perfume container (though I should add that the lighthouse also serves as a phallic symbol and as one of the cards in the Tarot pack – the Tower).
Then there is the name of the town which is both the starting point and the end point of the German walking tour – Hellhaus. The name is literally light or bright house, though the German word for a lighthouse is actually Leuchtturm (light tower). Although there is no Hellhaus in the vicinity of Koblenz, there is such a place at Schloss Moritzburg near Dresden. Ironically, the grounds of this stately home contain a lighthouse, albeit one which is purely decorative rather than functional in nature.
Another symbolic element are the Venus flytraps of Gloria and Ester which seem highly contrived. Another forced parallelism occurs between the wooden lighthouse of Ester and the silver lighthouse of Futh.
This is a novel imbued by olfactory as well as visual details such as the scent of violets, oranges and apples in the manner of Patrick Susskind’s Perfume. The ending is subtly handled, and I have no intention of giving it away.
after just finding out about Alison Moore having read about the Pre war house book.
The Lighthouse story has its main character Futh and his parents , straight away I got the sense that Futh was a man that had had his relationship and his way of life ruined somewhat by his strange parents I think Futh may have behaved differently but I think had his life shaped and conditioned by his parents
This book is dark and haunting but also very vague it continues throughout feeling a bit like groundhog day Futh goes on his walking holiday I think for escape to find himself again after a break down of his relationship but it doesn't work his mother is as equally as unhappy in her relationships seeking comfort affection and friendship in others
I noticed the way that Futh saw others was somewhat odd his quietness and shyness was almost unsettling and upsetting his clinginess toward his mother needing the familiar things around him that reminded him of his mum showed that this was a man who craved love and attention as well as being given the ability to find his voice
I can see that Fuths dad must have had his troubles too I think both Futh and his parents were going around in circles knowing they were unhappy and despite Fuths mum needing to escape, they seem as though they are stuck in a stuffy boring small family unit all desperate to break away from one another, for a better future
I felt quite sad for Futh all the way throughout this book bless him, he just seemed so accepting of being trapped in unhappy situations and he just didn't question it I hoped at the end of the book that futh and his family would find peace and things would improve but it doesn't ... and your left wondering what ever happened to them
this book is probably the most haunting and unsettling story I have ever read the descriptive language used through out the book is excellent, the use of metaphor and the settings brought to life jumping out of the page at you is very clever
the book draws you into the story , willing the characters to find some backbone willing Futh and his mother to speak out
to change things for the better .this is an unusual read it s depressing its dark and its haunting it will indeed leave you wondering what happened to Futh and his mum ..