2015/08/12

Book Review:
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Title: To The Lighthouse
Author: Virginia Woolf
Published: 1927
Language: English
Pages: 225
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
As the First World War looms, the Ramsays spend their summer in their holiday home in Scotland.


Review:
I have thought about how to rate this book for days, lingering between three and four stars, but in the end, it has ended up on three, which means that I read and enjoyed it.

The characters in this book are quite fascinating, though I didn't find all of them to be equally interesting. There are parts in this that I really loved, and other parts I thought were a little boring.

The writing in this is poetic, rhytmic and absolutely beautiful. It's quite striking. It's almost so poetic at times that the meaning gets a little blurry and it's sort of hard to understand.

And this is the problem I have with this book; I find it hard to understand the overall meaning, if there even is one. I'm not at all sure I grasp the full substance of this, or if it just flew over my head.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stream of conciousness as a form of telling a story, and enjoy poetic writing.

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6 comments

  1. Hmm, I've heard this about Woolf's style of writing quite often, and I'm curious as to how Mrs Dalloway will turn our for me. Do you think you'll pick up more of Woolf in the future?

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    1. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts! I will definitely be picking up another book by Woolf at some point, I really want to read Mrs Dalloway and A Room of One's Own :) I've also been eyeing Orlando... :)

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  2. Ooh, pretty pictures! I like :D Don't know if this is a book I would like tbh :)

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    1. Thanks! It's definitely not for everyone, this book :)

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  3. I read this book a few months ago and frankly, I would have written a somewhat similar review for ‘to the lighthouse’. Some of the best books by Virginia Woolf require a different set of mind, imagination and vision. No doubt, she was a modernist and her books truly express it. A far as I know, the book was written to explore human consciousness, childhood emotions and fuddled adult relationships. Now, I am looking forward to read more of her books.

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    1. I completely agree. I really want to read more of her books as well, now that I know what I'm getting myself into :)

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