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- Publisher : Benediction Classics (February 9, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 116 pages
- ISBN-10 : 178139797X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1781397978
- Lexile measure : 1030L
- Item Weight : 2.39 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.28 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By William MacDuff on December 4, 2019
"For if thought is like the keyboard of a
piano, divided into so many notes, or like the alphabet is ranged in
twenty-six letters all in order, then his splendid mind had one by one,
firmly and accurately, until it had reached, say, the letter Q. He reached
Q. Very few people in the whole of England ever reach Q. Here, stopping
for one moment by the stone urn which held the geraniums, he saw, but now
far, far away, like children picking up shells, divinely innocent and
occupied with little trifles at their feet and somehow entirely
defenceless against a doom which he perceived, his wife and son, together,
in the window. They needed his protection; he gave it them. But after Q?
What comes next? After Q there are a number of letters the last of which
is scarcely visible to mortal eyes, but glimmers red in the distance. Z is
only reached once by one man in a generation." -Mr. Ramsay
The location is the Ramsay family holiday house on the Isle of Skye with the eponymous Lighthouse offshore on a rocky islet. In the three sections of the novel the point of consciousness shifts from Mrs Ramsay and then to the house itself for the ten-year interlude until after the Great War when what’s left of the family return along with family guest Lily Briscoe, the visual artists, who was with the family and Mrs Ramsay and her philosopher husband ten years previously. Mrs Ramsay has died in the interim along with two of her eight children. Lily is the point of consciousness in the third part as she tries to complete the painting begun ten years before. The novel is saying something about how, or that, humans try to abstract ‘meaning’ as if there is some metaphysical point to existence and it needs to be put down as express in visual art, literature, or philosophy.
The flow of language is so as is one’s own interior monologue as flows from self to appraisal of other selves and of the tasks one is involved with at that moment. This novel is so easy to read. It is like a long poem. And it does have cadences from T S Elliot’s The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock’ as one reads along.
A tour de force of language and literary style and a deep consideration of self-hood.
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I have had to buy the whole novel and now I just have this lying around. I would not recommend this to anyone as it is a waste of money. You onlu get Part 1 when you should be getting the whole book.
Woolf's descriptive powers are breathtaking. There is a line about dawn breaking that so perfectly describes a tiny transluscence that appears inside a wave it is as if it is being observed by a mermaid.
Gripping, tragic, hopeful.