To the Lighthouse

  • by Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by Virginia Leishman
  • 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the icons of modernism, Virginia Woolf is credited alongside James Joyce for redefining the novel and challenging the limitations of the form. Published in 1927, To the Lighthouse helped establish Woolf among the 20th century?s most important and influential writers.At their second home on the Isle of Skye, the Ramsay family surrounds itself with friends and colleagues. They contend with World War I, family deaths, and hardships both spoken and unspoken. All the while, the lighthouse looms in the distance. Six-year-old James asks his father to take him there, but many years will pass before the voyage begins. Woolf was deeply interested in her characters' inner thoughts and feelings, and because of this, To the Lighthouse emerges as an unforgettable, introspective masterpiece.

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A beacon of light on a sunny afternoon

This is a welcome and much more exciting follow up to Jacob’s Room and to my earlier reading of The Voyage Out which I found to be relatively inconsequential and unrewarding despite some very decorative prose. Of all of the novels of Virginia Woolf, this is the one that I found to be closest in composition, style, substance and ambition to James Joyce and for that reason, probably found it to be the most enjoyable read. Again, I lost hope of, and indeed all intention of, following the narrative - because there isn’t a storyline as such. What there is, is very impressionistic, wandering into and out of physical locations and conversations with the actions lying very close to the Stream of Consciousness for which the novel is so justly studied and famous.It was nice to read this novel of the period of some really good weather in England in the summer of 2011, I’m sure this would make a satisfying holiday read and, on that basis, is highly recommended.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-12-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books