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To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse
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o the Lighthouse is divided into three sections: "The Window," "Time Passes," and "The Lighthouse." "The Window" opens just before the start of World War I. Mr. Ramsay and Mrs. Ramsay bring their eight children to their summer home in the Hebrides (a group of islands west of Scotland). Across... show more
o the Lighthouse is divided into three sections: "The Window," "Time Passes," and "The Lighthouse."
"The Window" opens just before the start of World War I. Mr. Ramsay and Mrs. Ramsay bring their eight children to their summer home in the Hebrides (a group of islands west of Scotland). Across the bay from their house stands a large lighthouse. Six-year-old James Ramsay wants desperately to go to the lighthouse, and Mrs. Ramsay tells him that they will go the next day if the weather permits. James reacts gleefully, but Mr. Ramsay tells him coldly that the weather looks to be foul. James resents his father and believes that he enjoys being cruel to James and his siblings.
Time passes more quickly as the novel enters the "Time Passes" segment. War breaks out across Europe. Mrs. Ramsay dies suddenly one night. Andrew Ramsay, her oldest son, is killed in battle, and his sister Prue dies from an illness related to childbirth. The family no longer vacations at its summerhouse, which falls into a state of disrepair: weeds take over the garden and spiders nest in the house. Ten years pass before the family returns. Mrs. McNab, the housekeeper, employs a few other women to help set the house in order. They rescue the house from oblivion and decay, and everything is in order when Lily Briscoe returns.

In "The Lighthouse" section, time returns to the slow detail of shifting points of view, similar in style to "The Window." Mr. Ramsay declares that he and James and Cam, one of his daughters, will journey to the lighthouse. On the morning of the voyage, delays throw him into a fit of temper. He appeals to Lily for sympathy, but, unlike Mrs. Ramsay, she is unable to provide him with what he needs. The Ramsays set off, and Lily takes her place on the lawn, determined to complete a painting she started but abandoned on her last visit. James and Cam bristle at their father's blustery behavior and are embarrassed by his constant self-pity.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780156907385 (0156907380)
Publisher: Harvest Books
Pages no: 310
Edition language: English
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Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
4.0 To the Lighthouse
Okay, I'll admit it, I got a little lost in the language. It took me longer than normal to get through To the Lighthouse. I had begun trying to let my Echo read it to me, which I have loved to do to get ahead on some reading while doing household chores but it let me down here. It was all the senten...
M Sarki
M Sarki rated it
5.0 To the Lighthouse
https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/166001786448/to-the-lighthouse-by-virginia-woolfWhat art was there, known to love or cunning, by which one pressed through into those secret chambers.One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Not much to offer in the typical plot-driven genre, but a g...
A sort-of book blog
A sort-of book blog rated it
4.5
I found To the Lighthouse a little slow and difficult to get into to begin with. As someone who tried to read Mrs Dalloway in lower sixth, and who ended up giving up in frustration, I wasn't especially looking forward to this part of the module. But once you get used to Woolf's prose style, and get ...
jwilley44
jwilley44 rated it
2.0 To the Lighthouse
I can appreciate the delicate language which Virginia Woolf used in this book. I can appreciate that she accomplished the development of characters without anything really happening. I can appreciate...ok enough. I just didn't really enjoy this book. I may give it another try at some point in my lif...
sarahsar
sarahsar rated it
5.0 To The Lighthouse
This is going to be one of those books that I will dwell on, with my thoughts evolving as I turn it over in my mind. What follows is some of what I was thinking about as I read. The novel shows us the Ramsay family and some of their guests at a seaside house on just two days, separated by years. T...
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