To the Lighthouse is one of the greatest literary achievements of the twentieth century and the author's most popular novel. The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Virginia Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and the conflict between male and female principles.
Annotated and with an introduction by Mark Hussey"
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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 1992-01-02., 1992. Book Condition: New. Penguin Books Ltd. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 320pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1726217
Book Description Quality Paperback Book Club, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140185720