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To the Lighthouse To The Lighthouse Is The Most Autobiographical Of Virginia Woolf S Novels It Is Based On Her Own Early Experiences, And While It Touches On Childhood And Children S Perceptions And Desires, It Is At Its Most Trenchant When Exploring Adult Relationships, Marriage And The Changing Class Structure In The Period Spanning The Great War.

10 thoughts on “To the Lighthouse

  1. says:

    It s a problem, dear VirginiaThey like stuff that s much linear,I know your teeth you will gritBut you have to admitYou may be hot but there s not a lot of plot that you gotFive pages about rain on a distant steepleIs five too many for most of the British peopleThey moan about Mrs DallowayIn such a very callow wayInstead of your OrlandoThey prefer something blandoThey d rather go to ravesThan have to read The WavesAnd no one s read The YearsIn years and years and yearsWell i know it s prostitutionBut here is my solutionBecause the horror being unreadIs worse than being undeadIf a Ramsay had gone to the lighthouseTo have a bit of sexOr if one of the younger striplingsHad had some rippling pecsOn which you used your vocabularyAnd got a visit from the constabularyAnd was found to be obscene and dementedAnd they found out what the lighthouse representedWell, then you would not now languishIn postmorten a...

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    I ve never dwelt over a set of 200 bound pages with as much joy and relish as I have with To the Lighthouse I can say without reservation, that this is some of the most incredible writing I ve ever come across and I m absolutely baffled as to how Woolf pulled it off So much of the prose was redolent of an abstract surrealist film, such were the clarity and preciseness of its images At a certain point Woolf describes an idea entering a character s mind as a drop of ink diffusing in a beaker of water I left several exclamation points and expressions of pure joy among the marginalia of my copy I have never experienced such a strange brew of images and ideas that whirl around mere words of a novel, all of which has incited such excitement in me, as if some beautiful and aching aspect of human experience has been solidified on paper that will never be as perfect as it is here This book bounces back and forth between philosophy, psychology and fictionalized story telling in such an interweaving of narrative and persona...

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    I think this book is Virginia Woolf s masterpiece, not The Waves as some critics say What is it about It s about life The first half is about two days of life the second half, set ten years later, is largely about death In the Intro by Eudora Welty she says that in the novel reality looms but Love indeed pervades the whole novel The lighthouse of the book is Godrevy near St Ives in Cornwall where the author actually summered The main character is a beautiful woman in full, her eight children and husband and guests gathered around her at a summer vacation cottage Fifteen people in all at dinner, one a scholar friend of her husband who is in love with her, plus cook and maids At the dinner she worries Nothing seems to have merged They all sat separate And the whole of the effort of merging and flowing and creating rested on her She s hosts a successful dinner despite numerous minor aggravations and interruptions by the cooks and problem with the food The meal is her masterpiece, the epitome of her happiness She delights in matchmaking Her husband, an academic, is withdrawn, conceited, stingy, in his praise of the children He holds it over their heads about how the weather will be bad so they won t be able to take a boat trip to the lighthouse He s concerned with how the future will view his academic work...

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    The lighthouse is out there, it s eye caressing our struggles with cold indifference We can beat against the tides in pursuit, but will we ever reach it Does it even matter, and is it even attainable If we only look to that spot on the horizon we miss the love around us, miss those gasping for our love and friendship, miss the callouses born in dedicated strife rowing us towards the end Like in all things, it is the journey that matters, not the destination Futility can be beautiful, especially when we don t give up on plunging our oars against it and making our place in a world destined to end in a flash. for it was not knowledge but unity that she desired, not inscriptions on tablets, nothing that could be written in any language known to men, but intimacy itself, which is knowledge To enter within the pages of Woolf s 1927 masterpiece, To the Lighthouse, is to dive headlong into a maelstrom of vivid perspectives and flawless prose Few authors are able to achieve the vast scope of human emotions and frustrations as of this novel, let alone accomplish such a task in the mere 209pgs Woolf offers Flowing to the breezy soundtrack of waves breaking upon the shoreline, To the Lighthouse investigates the frailties of life and human relationships in breathtaking prose th...

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    When I first read this novel, I was like young James Ramsay, eagerly hoping to get To The Lighthouse Grown ups, literary experts that is, had sent just as mixed messages as Mr and Mrs Ramsay to me, and I hoped so much for the adventure of an iconic reading experience that it didn t happen I could acknowledge all the rational reasons for calling it a masterpiece, but it did not cause me to even raise an eyebrow I was a modern young woman, what did I have to do with the subtext of a patriarchal family structure What did I have to do with the self doubt of a female artist told by an idiot that women can t write, can t paint Why would such a thing even stick in my head It didn t Not back then.And then time passed.Life happened I learned about families About attention seeking egos who dominate an environment so totally that any creative act stops automatically I learned about the disruption that is a mother s natural state of being How can anyone paint or write if there are no two consecutive moments without interruption I learned to long for the lighthouse without knowing it.And then, I had another go at reading it, quite by accident, because I had spare time in a boring place and a copy of the book happened to be on the table.It hit me like the flash of a lightning.This is a novel that you have to grow into, but when you do, it shines brightly in the dark waters and soothes the nerves of a...

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    How many prejudices we carry through life, even when we think ourselves to be incapable of bias.I avoided reading Virginia Woolf for a very long time, suspecting her and her privileged Bloomsbury friends of intellectual elitism and of believing themselves to somehow enshrine the essence of civilisation E M Forster escaped this embargo fortunately.When I came across Charles Tansley, the visiting working class academic who can t seem to fit in to the Ramseys elegantly shabby lifestyle in the early pages of To the Lighthouse, I immediately aligned myself with him I ll be on your side, Charles, I thought, I wouldn t fit in with the Ramseys either.But soon, like Tansley, I fell under the spell of the beautiful Mrs Ramsey, and under the spell of Woolf s writing which is so unique and inventive that I am thrilled to have finally discovered it.I picked this book up because I came across a claim that Woolf, having finished Ulysses, felt that she could do better in a quarter the amount of pages Since I d recently finished Ulysses myself, I was curious about Woolf s foolhardy challenge I expected ...

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    I m sorryI just don t get it This book has numerous five star reviews, and while I understand it isn t plot driven, the characters are so vague They all kind of blur together so I never really knew who was speaking thinking and when So many thoughts flying around and I just didn t see the point in them I guess I just don t have the mind required to appreciate whatever it is I am supposed to appreciate in this book If someone would li...

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    Virginia Woolf here gives us possibly the best ever description of her own writing method, especially fitting for this novel and The Waves Beautiful and bright it should be on the surface, feathery and evanescent, one colour melting into another like the colours on a butterfly s wing but beneath the fabric must be clamped together with bolts of iron It was to be a thing you could ruffle with your breath and a thing you could not dislodge with a team of horses Perhaps the first thing to say about To the Lighthouse is what an utterly brilliant depiction it is of a seaside holiday home, especially as experienced through the eyes of a child It brought vividly to life so many of my own memories of sleeping in a room where the sound of the waves came in through the window at night and sand crunches underfoot everywhere Every moment in To the Lighthouse is a defining moment, a moment in which identity is forged, memory is made, knowledge is gathered every moment creates a ghost of itself which will survive the ravages of time The seaside holiday home is among the most treasured historical sites for the archaeologist in us all, our...

  9. says:

    i love this book, and someday i should write a thoughtful review of it, but i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com, and this cracked me up

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    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.At its core a story about the attempt to respond to time s passing, To the Lighthouse brings into tension two days a decade apart from each other Both days take place on the Isle of Skye in the early decades of the twentieth century, and focus on the social life of the Ramsay family and the small circle of friends that they bring with them to their summer home The novel s second main part ceaselessly echoes and recalls the first, while its short interlude glides over the depths of the many things that change between the two days A catastrophic war erupts, the summer home deteriorates, loved ones die Throughout all of the short novel, though, Woolf s prose is iridescent, her narrative intricate, her characterization multifaceted each ex...

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