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Next Up: To The Lighthouse

Hey y’all. It’s time to preview my 89th book, To The Lighthouse by my old dear friend Virginia Woolf.

As I’ve mentioned many times here on the blog, I wasn’t a fan of Mrs. Dalloway, but I’m willing to give this one a chance.

Here are a few quick facts about To The Lighthouse and Virginia Woolf.

  • To The Lighthouse was published in 1927, making it one of the oldest novels on the list. The novel barely made the Time Magazine cutoff year (1923).
  • The book famously has no dialogue.
  • The Modern Library listed To The Lighthouse as 15th in its list of greatest novels of the 20th
  • The story focuses on a family’s (The Ramsays) visit to Scotland in the early part of the 1900s.
  • Virginia Woolf is one of the giants of modern literature. I’ve written much about her over the course of the blog. Read more here here and here.
  • She wrote a book called Three Guineas, which was an indictment of fascism. Might be an interesting and relevant read these days.

Okay, y’all. Who’s read To The Lighthouse and what should I expect?

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sylvie Marie Héroux #

    Hi, I read it and love it. You can see my comments on it here:

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    March 22, 2017
  2. I had to read it for A Level when I was 17 and it put me off Virginia Woolf. I’ve tried since and never managed to get to the end. Good Luck!


    March 24, 2017
  3. I was turned off by Virginia Woolf’s writing after trying to read “Mrs. Dalloway” (twice). I see you have mentioned in your fifth bullet point above that you’ve written about her previously on your blog ‘here’ ‘here’ and ‘here.’ However, those links don’t take me anywhere. Are they broken links?
    I hope you find this one more to your liking. But I’d have my doubts about a book with no dialogue. You’re a braver man than I, Robert.

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    March 25, 2017
  4. This is probably my favorite book. V.W. explores in brilliant language the particulars of time and being. — In Time Passes chapter 3 – 2nd paragraph: “…….. divine goodness had parted the curtain and displayed behind it, single, distinct, the hare erect; the wave falling; the boat rocking; …..”


    March 29, 2017
  5. Denise #

    Glad you’re back! I recently finished To the Lighthouse and I found it was more enjoyable as an impressionist piece: like Monet is to waterlilies so is Woolf to a story. I tried at first to pay attention to the close detail of the minutia of the characters thoughts and found it hard to follow and very annoying. Once I pulled my focus back and started skimming, the sense of place and the idea of family dynamics and even the fraught lighthouse boat journey were lovely in style and I wound up enjoying the book. I couldn’t say who knew who and who did what in the story but that decrepit old house at the seaside and the lighthouse keeper and the boating in the bay and the sense of complicated yet adored family time on vacation and the sadness of remembrance of vacations past all make me feel as if I’ve been there. I hope you find it enjoyable.


    May 31, 2017
  6. Karen F #

    Robert! Just discovered you again after losing the link last year. Can’t believe you’ve stopped again though. So close!! Come on, you can do it!!


    July 15, 2017
  7. Susan #

    Oh, dear. Virginia Woolf broke your brain again, didn’t she?


    October 16, 2017
  8. Stephen #

    Discovered your blog recently and have greatly enjoyed your posts. Looking forward to the next one!


    October 18, 2017

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