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The Lighthouse - Alison Moore
The Lighthouse
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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 "The Lighthouse" begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle-aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. Spending his first night in Hellhaus at a small, family-run hotel, he... show more
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 "The Lighthouse" begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle-aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. Spending his first night in Hellhaus at a small, family-run hotel, he finds the landlady hospitable but is troubled by an encounter with an inexplicably hostile barman. In the morning, Futh puts the episode behind him and sets out on his week-long circular walk along the Rhine. As he travels, he contemplates his childhood; a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour; his parents' broken marriage and his own. But the story he keeps coming back to, the person and the event affecting all others, is his mother and her abandonment of him as a boy, which left him with a void to fill, a substitute to find. He recalls his first trip to Germany with his newly single father. He is mindful of something he neglected to do there, an omission which threatens to have devastating repercussions for him this time around. At the end of the week, Futh, sunburnt and blistered, comes to the end of his circular walk, returning to what he sees as the sanctuary of the Hellhaus hotel, unaware of the events which have been unfolding there in his absence.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781907773174 (1907773177)
ASIN: 1907773177
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Pages no: 184
Edition language: English
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chapterseldomread
chapterseldomread rated it
Oh dear. This little Booker Prize shortlisted novel really is quite disappointing. Let's start with the positives though (and it's a biggy). The writing is brilliant. Short, sharp and clear. Moore really is accomplished. Unfortunately, with this particular story, the style leaves the reader sl...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
1.0
Horrid, horrid, horrid. I could not stand this. I gave it 62 pages, which is more than generous for a book I'm hating as much as I hated this one. It's a puzzlement to me how this got longlisted for the Booker prize. Some people's tastes are unfathomable.
The Girl who Loved to Read
The Girl who Loved to Read rated it
3.0
3½ starsA nice, little read and thoroughly depressing... But it speaks to Moore's skill that she manages to convey such emotion in a very short book that in reality has very little storyline.The parallel storylines of Futh and Ester are well interwoven while still being two separate tales. I actuall...
Cheryl's books
Cheryl's books rated it
4.0
This is the other Booker-nominated book about a man who embarks on a trek, and ruminates about his life and his disappointments. The similarities with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry stop there though. Here, the story is about the lighthouse, and those it warns. Or beckons. The tale is pre...
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