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To the Lighthouse

Woolf, Virginia (Book - 1992)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Though its fame as an icon of twentieth-century literature rests primarily on the brilliance of its narrative technique and the impressionistic beauty of its prose, To the Lighthouse is above all the story of a quest, and as such it possesses a brave and magical universality. Observed across the years at their vacation house facing the gales of the North Atlantic, Mrs. Ramsay and her family seek to recapture meaning from the flux of things and the passage of time. Though it is the death of Mrs. Ramsay on which the novel turns, her presence pervades every page in a poetic evocation of loss and memory that is also a celebration of domestic life and its most intimate details. Virginia Woolf's great book enacts a powerful allegory of the creative consciousness and its momentary triumphs over fleeting material life. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
Authors: Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941
Title: To the lighthouse
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992
Characteristics: xxix, 242 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Virginia Woolf ; with an introduction by Julia Briggs
ISBN: 0679405372
9780679405375
Branch Call Number: FICTION WOOLF
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. xxii-xxiii)
Subject Headings: Skye, Island of (Scotland) Fiction English Scotland Fiction Loss (Psychology) Fiction Mothers Death Fiction Summer resorts Fiction Married people Fiction Lighthouses Fiction Widowers Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Stream of consciousness fiction
Domestic fiction
Topical Term: English
Loss (Psychology)
Mothers
Summer resorts
Married people
Lighthouses
Widowers
LCCN: 92052912
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A story about the extraordinary to be found in the ordinary.

Woolf described this book as "easily the best of my books" and Modern Library picked it as their #15 for their "100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century." Find out why! - Sarah

Join the discussion on Dec. 18, 2014. Observed across the years at their vacation house facing the gales of the North Atlantic, Mrs. Ramsay and her family seek to recapture meaning from the flux of things and the passage of time. Woolf's great book enacts a powerful allegory of the creative consc... Read More »

Comment by: 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.

Observed across the years at their vacation house facing the gales of the North Atlantic, Mrs. Ramsay and her family seek to recapture meaning from the flux of things and the passage of time.


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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.

Dec 06, 2013
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 19, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 10, 2011
  • Nwagner rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lovely lyrical novel.

Dec 16, 2010
  • wannaread rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Always a good read. Be sure your mind is clear so you can get into the cadence or the sentences.

Dec 11, 2010
  • GrumpyDave rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

No. 15 - Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century

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