Book :: To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse
By: Virginia Woolf
Pages: 209
Published: 1927
Genre(s): England
Literary Fiction
Rating: (14)


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Set in the summer home of an English family, the novel unfolds through shifting perspectives of each character's stream of consciousness, recalling childhood emotions and highlights of adult relationships. Shifts occur even mid-sentence, and in some sense they resemble the rotating beam of the lighthouse. A landmark of high modernism and one of Woolf's best works.

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Tejas Nair Tejas Nair

I really wanted to like To the Lighthouse for its theme (about families) is a favourite, but Woolf's writing is so tedious (long, long sentences without much flow) I had a difficult time completing it. But I could still gather a moral or two from the story about this family (its characters introspecting and talking about other characters is basically the book) stalling their expedition due to one or more reasons. I don't know if I will revisit this soon. TN.

Jun 20th, 2020

Trappalapp Trappalapp

I felt like I was dumped into this house full of people and never introduced to anyone. Was very hard to connect with this world because of this. Feel like i need to read it a few more times to really appreciate it.

Jan 12th, 2018

justinwolfe82 justinwolfe82

My first Woolf novel and I'm not sure if I fully appreciated this book. I might have to read it again. The style took some getting used to.

May 26th, 2017

Attea Attea

Dec 18th, 2015

forline forline

fun, quick read.

Nov 9th, 2015

hfoster1 hfoster1

A challenging but rewarding read. Woolf's prose is lyrical in its sweep and sparkling in its elegiac composition. The novel is simply a meditation on being and nothingness. The ephemeral nature of all that we experience moment to moment. It demands to be read carefully and attentively. One must revisit it time and again to appreciate its full scope and magic.

Nov 4th, 2015

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Jun 5th, 2015

red13x red13x

I did quite like this book, but I always find myself struggling with Woolf's writing style. The story itself I liked, it is very life like and I preferred it to some of her other novels. I would like to rate it higher but whilst reading it I found myself regularly checking how much more there was to read...

Feb 14th, 2015

Caro60 Caro60

This is a challenging book as most of the narrative is based around what people are thinking and are thinking about others - and not everyone has the same view - kind of like real life. It is a book I need to reread to appreciate the complexity of this interweaving of thought.

Feb 3rd, 2015

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Dec 30th, 2014

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15th on The 20th Centrury's Greatest Hits by American Book Review

21st on The Novel 100 by Daniel S. Bert

15th on 100 Best Novels by Modern Library

34th on Rival 100 Best Novels by Radcliffe

29th on Books of the Century by Waterstone

7th on Top 100 Books by Newsweek

39th on 100 Books of the Past Century by Koen Books

6th on Top 100 Books by Harvard Book Store