To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse

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A pioneering work of modernist fiction, using her unique stream-of-consciousness technique to explore the inner lives of her characters, Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse is widely regarded as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the twentieth century. This Penguin Classics edition is edited by Stella McNichol, with an introduction and notes by Hermione Lee. To the Lighthouse is at once a vivid impressionistic depiction of a family holiday, and a meditation on marriage, on parenthood and childhood, on grief, tyranny and bitterness. For years now the Ramsays have spent every summer in their holiday home in Scotland, and they expect these summers will go on forever; but as the First World War looms, the integrity of family and society will be fatally challenged. With a psychologically introspective mode, the use of memory, reminiscence and shifting perspectives gives the novel an intimate, poetic essence, and at the time of publication in 1927 it represented an utter rejection of Victorian and Edwardian literary values. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is regarded as a major 20th century author and essayist, a key figure in literary history as a feminist and modernist, and the centre of 'The Bloomsbury Group', an informal collective of artists and writers that exerted a powerful influence over early twentieth-century British culture. Between 1925 and 1931 Virginia Woolf produced what are now regarded as her finest masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway (1925) to the poetic and highly experimental novel The Waves (1931). She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, short fiction, journalism and biography, including the playfully subversive Orlando (1928) and A Room of One's Own (1929) a passionate feminist essay. If you enjoyed To the Lighthouse, you might like James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Bears endless re-reading ... the sea encircles the story in a brilliant ebb and flow' Rachel Billington
Publisher: San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1990], 1927.
ISBN: 9780141183411
9780151907373
0151907374
Branch Call Number: WOO
Characteristics: 236 p.
Additional Contributors: McNichol, Stella - Editor

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Thank you M. Cook [below] for your excellent analysis of this book. True wit is nature to advantage dressed.....i was compelled to slog through it for book club. The characters are shallow, i would not have tea with them let alone spend a summer vacation. Why did Lilly the plain faced untalented artist endure while some potential heroic characters got killed off in child birth or as cannon fodder? I would have thrown the book against the wall except I have to return it to the library to lie in wait for the next hapless reader.

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Oct 01, 2016

A moron, an imbecile, and an idiot met and discussed To The Lighthouse, praising it for its beauty, masterly use of volume, emotional swings...the book is tiresome to read and I had to make myself finish it; the conclusion is as disappointing as the rest of it. The book lacks the poetic beauty of Robert Penn Warren's classic All The King's Men; a line in the story says women can't write, and if Woolf were the only example, that would be a truism, but there is the wonderful tale by Harper Lee which puts that claim to rest. Woolf is pretentious to the point of incredulity and completely lacks the plot development of such true greats as Great Expectations. A dreary, moribund work at best.

ArapahoeAndrew Aug 02, 2016

Absolutely beautifully written and philosophically driven. Lacks the combination of prose and description to paint a picture in the reader's mind, but certainly a thinking novel.

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annlid
Nov 19, 2014

Capturing time, place and relationships through exquisite language.

multcolib_central Jul 11, 2014

With unmistakable genius the fluid and gorgeous prose carries you completely into this book. The reader becomes a spirit flitting between the minds of the novel's characters. it's about beauty, about the unpreventable tragedy of time passing, about art and people.

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stephaniedchase
Dec 06, 2013

A beautiful study not just of family dynamics in a changing society, but also of the deep shifts in writing and narration happening in the novel. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE is one of the first to actively explore shifting perspectives, partially unreliable narration, and the power of language to support a story.

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GerryD
Jun 19, 2013

Considered one of the Top 10 classic novels (my #10) of the western world. This novel centres on the tensions within a family during a vacation. The novel was written in 1927 between two of her other popular novels, Mrs. Dalloway and Orlando. See my GerryD Lists for other great novels.

jaelle May 29, 2013

Recommended by KCTS

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tacobell4
May 29, 2012

The use of stream-of-consciousness narrative and nonlinear plot makes this book difficult to follow for those like me used to a formal structure of chronological time.

Nwagner Jan 10, 2011

Lovely lyrical novel.

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