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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?

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sylvie Marie Héroux #

    Hi, I read it and love it. You can see my comments on it here:
    https://sylviemheroux.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/virginia-woolf-to-the-lighthouse/

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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!

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    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.
    Pg

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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; …..”

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    March 29, 2017

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