One of the greatest literary achievements of the twentieth century. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE is Virginia Woolf's most popular novel. This definitive edition introduced by Quentin Bell contains the original Hogarth Press text as overseen by the author, and a list of the textual variants that appeared during her lifetime. 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.
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The Ramsay family and assorted guests are holidaying on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial incident of a postponed trip to the lighthouse, Virginia Woolf constructs an examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life.Review:
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 2008
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Book Description VINTAGE, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099982102