To the Lighthouse

It s a problem dear VirginiaThey like stuff that s much more linear I know your teeth you will gritBut you have to admitYou may be hot but there s not a lot of plot that you gotFive pages about rain

It's a problem, dear VirginiaThey like stuff that's much more linear,I know your teeth you will gritBut you have to admitYou may be hot but there's not a lot of plot that you gotFive pages about rain on a distant steepleIs five too many for most of the British peopleThey moan about Mrs DallowayIn such a very callow wayInstead of your OrlandoThey prefer something more blandoThey'd rather go to ravesThan have to read The WavesAnd no one's read The YearsIn years and years and yearsWell - i know it's prostitutionBut here is my solutionBecause the horror being unreadIs worse than being undeadIf a Ramsay had gone to the lighthouseTo have a bit of sexOr if one of the younger striplingsHad had some rippling pecsOn which you used your vocabularyAnd got a visit from the constabularyAnd was found to be obscene and dementedAnd they found out what the lighthouse… representedWell, then you would not now languishIn postmorten anguishAnd though you'd never have a prayerOf outselling Stephanie MeyerStill your books would be devouredDelightfully defloweredAnd though never to be milfWoolf would become wilfGood To the Lighthouse By Virginia Woolf Helen Dunmore is a Books THIS ORANGE INHERITANCE EDITION OF To the Lighthouse IS PUBLISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTIONBooks shape our lives and transform the way we see ourselves and each other The best books are timeless and continue to be relevant generation after generation Vintage Classics asked the winners of The Orange Prize for Fiction which books they would pass ontoTHIS ORANGE INHERITANCE EDITION OF To the Lighthouse IS PUBLISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTIONBooks shape our lives and transform the way we see ourselves and each other The best books are timeless and continue to be relevant generation after generation Vintage Classics asked the winners of The Orange Prize for Fiction which books they would pass onto the next generation and why Helen Dun chose To the Lighthouse.The serene and maternal Mrs Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr Ramsay, together with their children and assorted guests, are holidaying on the Isle of Skye From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse Virginia Woolf constructs a remarkable and moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life, and the conflict between male and female principles One of the finest novels in the English language Helen Dun. Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway 1925 , To the Lighthouse 1927 , and Orlando 1928 , and the book length essay A Room of One s Own 1929 with its famous dictum, a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.. Good Book To the Lighthouse It's a problem, dear VirginiaThey like stuff that's much more linear,I know your teeth you will gritBut you have to admitYou may be hot but there's not a lot of plot that you gotFive pages about rain on a distant steepleIs five too many for most of the British peopleThey moan about Mrs DallowayIn such a very callow wayInstead of your OrlandoThey prefer something more blandoThey'd rather go to ravesThan have to read The WavesAnd no one's read The YearsIn years and years and yearsWell - i know it's prostitutionBut here is my solutionBecause the horror being unreadIs worse than being undeadIf a Ramsay had gone to the lighthouseTo have a bit of sexOr if one of the younger striplingsHad had some rippling pecsOn which you used your vocabularyAnd got a visit from the constabularyAnd was found to be obscene and dementedAnd they found out what the lighthouse… representedWell, then you would not now languishIn postmorten anguishAnd though you'd never have a prayerOf outselling Stephanie MeyerStill your books would be devouredDelightfully defloweredAnd though never to be milfWoolf would become wilf

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  1. Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway 1925 , To the Lighthouse 1927 , and Orlando 1928 , and the book length essay A Room of One s Own 1929 with its famous dictum, a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

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  1. It s a problem, dear VirginiaThey like stuff that s much linear,I know your teeth you will gritBut you have to admitYou may be hot but there s not a lot of plot that you gotFive pages about rain on a distant steepleIs five too many for most of the British peopleThey moan about Mrs DallowayIn such a very callow wayInstead of your OrlandoThey prefer something blandoThey d rather go to ravesThan have to read The WavesAnd no one s read The YearsIn years and years and yearsWell i know it s prostitu [...]


  2. I ve never dwelt over a set of 200 bound pages with as much joy and relish as I have with To the Lighthouse I can say without reservation, that this is some of the most incredible writing I ve ever come across and I m absolutely baffled as to how Woolf pulled it off So much of the prose was redolent of an abstract surrealist film, such were the clarity and preciseness of its images At a certain point Woolf describes an idea entering a character s mind as a drop of ink diffusing in a beaker of wa [...]


  3. I think this book is Virginia Woolf s masterpiece, not The Waves as some critics say What is it about It s about life The first half is about two days of life the second half, set ten years later, is largely about death In the Intro by Eudora Welty she says that in the novel reality looms but Love indeed pervades the whole novel The lighthouse of the book is Godrevy near St Ives in Cornwall where the author actually summered The main character is a beautiful woman in full, her eight children and [...]


  4. The lighthouse is out there, it s eye caressing our struggles with cold indifference We can beat against the tides in pursuit, but will we ever reach it Does it even matter, and is it even attainable If we only look to that spot on the horizon we miss the love around us, miss those gasping for our love and friendship, miss the callouses born in dedicated strife rowing us towards the end Like in all things, it is the journey that matters, not the destination Futility can be beautiful, especially [...]


  5. How many prejudices we carry through life, even when we think ourselves to be incapable of bias.I avoided reading Virginia Woolf for a very long time, suspecting her and her privileged Bloomsbury friends of intellectual elitism and of believing themselves to somehow enshrine the essence of civilisation E M Forster escaped this embargo fortunately.When I came across Charles Tansley, the visiting working class academic who can t seem to fit in to the Ramseys elegantly shabby lifestyle in the early [...]


  6. Virginia Woolf here gives us possibly the best ever description of her own writing method, especially fitting for this novel and The Waves Beautiful and bright it should be on the surface, feathery and evanescent, one colour melting into another like the colours on a butterfly s wing but beneath the fabric must be clamped together with bolts of iron It was to be a thing you could ruffle with your breath and a thing you could not dislodge with a team of horses Perhaps the first thing to say about [...]


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  8. On the quiet, pretty isle of Skye, in the remote Hebrides, off the coast of Scotland, before the carnage of World War One, Mr and Mrs Ramsay, bring their large family, eight children, and a few friends, for a summer vacation, get away from the turmoil of city living, in London But with 15 at the dinner table , not counting the servants that will be a goal unattainable Mrs.Ramsay is a beauty, she pretends to ignore that fact, still her aging, brilliant, distant, philosopher husband, does not, is [...]


  9. Oh Virginia How is it that you make your words spring to life from the barren pages and hit my senses with the force of a gale every time How is it that you peel off the layers of the banal and reveal the terrible beauty of the core How is it that you steer my consciousness so deep into the murky waters of uncharted territory that resurfacing takes a toll on my strength I wonder what spirit possessed you every time you picked up your pen, brimming over with confidence or maybe unsure of your own [...]


  10. You know how you secretly fear that if anyone really knew you, knew all your pettinesses and fears and insecurities and unkindnesses, they wouldn t, couldn t, like you I m sure Virginia Woolf was familiar with that feeling I suspect she went back and forth on the question of whether it were true or not At times she seems to love her characters at other moments, to despise them The characters display the same shifting extremes of emotion for one another, moving from an almost idolizing devotion t [...]


  11. To be immersed within the lives of Virginia Woolf s characters of To the Lighthouse was a splendid joy As I turned the pages I felt almost like one of them Through a prose that seamlessly and easily interplays thoughts, emotions and witty remarks Woolf present us an amazing group of family and friends There they were, each with its own personalities, set of issues, challenges and desires, requiring only a glimpse to reveal them utterly unique to the reader And on they move through time and place [...]


  12. I think that in certain scenes of To the Lighthouse Woolf s method introspective exhaustiveness disclosure of the vistas within our gestures, the little worlds that flare and die in the time it takes to pass the salt approaches its own parody Sometimes reading this was like watching a movie frame by frame And I found the texture less evenly lyrical than that of Mrs Dalloway But cavils aside, it is amazing Last year I got far enough in Hermione Lee s biography to know that this novel is Woolf s d [...]



  13. Prickling rivulets of conscience, smoothly shifting from one to another, sailing the waters, relentlessly dragged by the current of a greater force, a guiding voice, Mrs Ramsay s She alone can conduct this tuneless orchestra of wandering souls towards the open seas where they can become one single stream and fulfill their destiny The lighthouse is waiting, the darkness in between the flashing beam lights showing the way Isn t it in absence where utter understanding is achieved Mrs Ramsay appears [...]


  14. Slightly bewildered, mostly satisfied, totally transfixed, I painstakingly studied each beautifully crafted sentence with patience, one after the other, like an obsessed detective looking for hidden clues as to just what Virginia Woolf had put in front of me, for the most part, I hadn t the foggiest Reading almost half of it again, I slowly started to see through the heavy mist as to what a finely detailed work this turned out to be This book requires complete and utter attention, if only life h [...]


  15. First my left foot then my right behind the other, breadcrumbs lost under the snow There are novels that I read purely as a way to escape reality They are a release from my incessant mental chatter They help to pass the time Other novels will not stand for merely serving as a distraction They demand to be studied They demand I go the extra mile and extend my reading well beyond my purview Sixty pages into this formidable work and I realized this is not just a novel to be read It does not merely [...]


  16. I m finding it difficult to watch movies these days, or at least to find one that fulfills the requirements I m looking for Their cumbersome attempts at developing fully formed characters, believable folks that intersect with one another in realistic ways, patterns that you can readily see happening in your own life that are entertaining nonetheless for all their normality These attempts painfully clunk out at random, grinding out a plot that you can t help cringing at, so trite and false it is, [...]


  17. I read this book a few times before and loved it I tried something different this week, and instead of riding my bike to work I walked the five miles each way while listening to Nicole Kidman read To the Lighthouse Simply amazing The words came to life and the language was superb I didn t think I could like this book , but now I do.


  18. Much of the novel like the light and dark of the lighthouse beacon, or waves crashing in and back out works in a balanced opposition Crowdedness and the lack of privacy juxtaposed against the condition of utter aloneness The bond between Mr and Mrs Ramsay counterbalanced with their awareness of what they ve cost one another The collusion of the children, their secretiveness and wildness, but then their docility and vulnerability Trapped thoughts that can t be told, but are then understood withou [...]


  19. I have started this book several times, and even though I admired the prose, heretofore I had always set it aside after about 20 pages because it required so much focus, so much time Indeed, I wondered if I would ever find time to finish this book in the same way that young James Ramsay wondered if he would ever get to visit the lighthouse.But I was determined to finish Knowing that it required concentration, I settled into my reading chair this weekend and dove into the text What lyricism Virgi [...]


  20. To the Lighthouse is simply the most incredible book I ve ever read What prose What soaring, penetrating, eloquent, unique, wonderful writing, that deserves to be read slowly and attentively, the inner voice attuned to the gentle canter of the meter, the rhythmic rise and fall in pitch, undulating like rolling waves, like the beating heart, like poetry Such a visionary and unforgiving style, with dense, meandering sentences, ever shifting perspectives, the fusion of the real and the imagined, th [...]


  21. Slow or Flow I read To the Lighthouse quickly and impatiently, because that is what the text seemed to demand of me.It is relatively short, but, most importantly for me, it flows with the inexorable force of nature, perhaps even Mother Nature, if that doesn t offend I will try to explain.True, I broke the flow to make notes, to track the recurrence of words, the repetition and reinforcement of motifs, but immediately afterwards, I jumped back into the stream and was carried away, until eventuall [...]


  22. If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye Honore de BalzacEvidently, Woolf could write with the hand what we see with the eye and perceive and articulate emotions whose depths remain fathomless.Woolf retains an imagery with dexterous strokes revolving around a family household with each character asserting its presence in the scene so strong it is asphyxiating the reader Each of these broad strokes enunciates an image, a perspective, a belief upheld by each of the characters s [...]


  23. Virginia Woolf pertenece a ese selecto grupo de escritores y fil sofos que defini un estilo a principio del siglo XX, que aplicaban a distintas ramas del arte como la literatura, la filosof a y la pintura y que se llam el Circulo de Bloomsbury Formaron parte de l, tanto la autora como su esposo, el tambi n escritor Leonard Woolf y la escritora Katherine Mansfield, entre otros, asi tambi n como renombrados fil sofos de la talla de Bertrand Russell y Ludwig Wittgenstein.Leer a Virginia Woolf es ad [...]


  24. Virginia Woolf ow vIIl7 Lo sab a, sab a todo sin haber estudiado Su sencillez acertaba donde los inteligentes se confund an.Eso era precisamente lo que ahora necesitaba con tanta frecuencia pensar o quiz ni tan siquiera pensar Estar en silencio, quedarse sola Todo el ser y el hacer, expansivo y deslumbrante, se evaporaban y se contra a, con una sensaci n de solemnidad, hasta ser ella misma, un coraz n de oscuridad en forma de cu a, algo invisible para los dem s.Al perder la personalidad, se perd [...]


  25. What drivel is this There are so many supplicants at this alter of the emperor s new clothes that I am obviously an illiterate idiot for besmirching it So be it, I stand fast.Woolf had a hit with Mrs Dalloway in 1925, and buoyed by her success, obviously decided to capitalise on it by basically plagerising herself I guess her thinking must have been if it ain t broke, don t fix it , cause she, um, borrows every literary technique and a fair number of characters as well as the narrative style fro [...]


  26. Swiftly coming in, my thoughts met me in my eyes There was a tear welling up, slowly, trying to melt the thoughts with it, to make them escape from the unwanted enclosure, to set them free, to give them a lease of life As the tear found its way, the thoughts strove hard, enduring the abrupt acceleration which followed Astonishingly, they managed to linger on amidst the unfaltering descend And then as I looked, they smiled back at me, smiled at the futility of efforts employed, smiled while stand [...]


  27. In 2013 or 14, I voted on the list Books you are tired of hearing about to express my exasperation at seeing To the Lighthouse every bloody where that summer If, even six months ago, you d told me not only that I d read To the Lighthouse this spring, but that I d give it 5 stars and mark it favourites , I d have told you, if you were the kind of friend I could say this to in a friendly way, to fuck off Especially because I didn t much like Mrs Dalloway and the imprint it left of grey grubby deje [...]


  28. This is the first Virginia Woolf novel I have ever read I found it complex, and at the same time uncomplicated It makes me think of authors like Marcel Proust, Henry James and James Joyce Woolf s style is deceptively simple There are descriptions of landscapes and everyday events, and yet this author reaches much deeper into the human mind.What is interesting is that Woolf does not use one character to provide the main point of view, but instead lets us see inside the heads of several of them, m [...]


  29. Whenever she thought of his work she always saw clearly before her a large kitchen table It was Andrew s doing She asked him what his father s books were about Subject and object and the nature of reality, Andrew had said And when she said Heavens, she had no notion of what he meant Think of a kitchen table then, he told her, when you re not there I have reread To the Lighthouse, secretly, three times in the past six months I took it inside and outside for its secret If I could see what it looke [...]


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