This novel is set on a Hebridean island, overlooked by a distant lighthouse, where an English family and assorted guests are enjoying the long summer. Mrs Ramsay is beautiful and generous - her power is gentle but irresistible.
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This classic character study takes on a new lease of life with Juliet Stevenson's masterful narration. She lends cohesion to the stream-of-conciousness passages, making them easier to follow. As Mrs Ramsay and Lily Briscoe explore live's questions, Stevenson applies vocal traits to each character, reflecting personalities and values. Both women speak in clear, kind tones, while gruffness captures Mr Ramsay's essence and sarcasm dominates Mr Tansley's. Light, airy notes accompany the children's words. Young James Ramsay's lighthouse journey and Lily's painting of Mr Ramsay tie the book's opening to the conclusion ten years later. Longed for in the beginning, both the endeavours are completes in the end, bringing resolution to the characters' inner struggles. --AudioFile 2008Review:
"To The Lighthouse is one of the greatest elegies in the English language, a book which transcends time" (Margaret Drabble)
"It is an elegy for lost times and family life" (The Week)
"Thrillingly introspective" (The Independent)
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Book Description Flamingo, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6547567