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To the Lighthouse The serene and maternal Mrs Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and the conflict between men and womenAs time winds its way through their lives, the Ramsays face, alone and simultaneously, the greatest of human challenges and its greatest triumph the human capacity for change


About the Author: Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway 1925 , To the Lighthouse 1927 , and Orlando 1928 , and the book length essay A Room of One s Own 1929 with its famous dictum, a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.



10 thoughts on “To the Lighthouse

  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    It s a problem, dear VirginiaThey like stuff that s muchlinear,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 w


  2. Stephen M Stephen M says:

    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 abstrac


  3. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    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 t


  4. Lisa Lisa says:

    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


  5. s.penkevich s.penkevich says:

    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,


  6. Charlotte May Charlotte May says:

    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


  7. Kenny Kenny says:

    He smiled the most exquisite smile, veiled by memory, tinged by dreamsVirginia Woolf, To The LighthouseTo The Lighthouse was my first exposure to Virginia Woolf I was working on a production of Edward Albee s Whose Afraid Of Virginia Woolf and I thought I should read something by Woolf For no particular reason I chose To T


  8. Vit Babenco Vit Babenco says:

    There are two bright autumnal days And thousands of dark nights in between Two days in life The insincerity slipping in among the truths roused her, annoyed her She returned to her knitting again How could any Lord have made this world she asked With her mind she had always seized the fact that there is no reason, order, jus


  9. Fionnuala Fionnuala says:

    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


  10. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    On the quiet pretty isle of Skye in the remote Hebrides, off the coast of Scotland before the carnage of World War One, Mr and Mrs Ramsay bring their large family, eight children and a few friends for a summer vacation, get away from the turmoil of city living in London But with 15 at the dinner table , not counting the servants


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