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Starred Review. It's wondrous to listen to a fine reading of a long-loved novel. Leishman makes masterly use of volume, timbre and resonance to distinguish between characters and draw us into the emotional swings and vibrations of the internal musings of each. She creates not a new but a more nuanced reading, following the interwoven streams of consciousness in a British English that lends authenticity to each voice. Leishman swims smoothly through Woolf's sentences that ebb and flow with numerous parenthetical thoughts and fresh images. These passages are interspersed with quick, sharp, simple sentences that gain strength in contrast. Leishman also draws our attention to Woolf's poetic prose: her rhythms and images, her use of hard consonants in monosyllabic words in counterpoint to long, soft, dreamy words and phrases. To The Lighthouse plays back and forth between telescopic and microscopic views of nature and human nature. Mrs. Ramsey is both trapped in and pleased in her roles as wife, mother and hostess. The introspective Mr. Ramsey is consumed with his legacy of long-since-published abstract philosophy. This is a book that cannot be read—or heard—too often. (Jan.)
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'Together these ten volumes make an attractive and reasonably priced (the volumes vary between L3.99 and L4.99) working edition of Virginia Woolf's best-known writing. One can only hope that their success will prompt World's Classics to add her other essays to the series in due course.' Elisabeth Jay, Westminster College, Oxford, Review of English Studies, Vol. XLV, No. 178, May '94 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
It was too tedious and difficult to read. There are too many thoughts spinning around that I lose track of what is happening. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by southerngal
One always feels they should read "To the Lighthouse" because we are constantly told it is a great book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by J. compton
I think Woolf's project here is striving to force the reader into sympathetic identification with the characters, the landscape, and their own shoreside memories. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Christin M. Mulligan
It could be that I'm not sophisticated enough to appreciate the nuances of this book. To me, it was a bunch of rambling, individual perspectives. Read morePublished 1 month ago by foolish