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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
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Jul 27, 07

Read in June, 2007

Thus far my only Virginia Woolf experience, To the Lighthouse impressed me by placing a heavy emphasis on the fact that characters only exist in their interactions with others ... a character is terrible, then forgivable, until another character reads and acts on his expression, at which point you get angry and lose yourself in this web of sympathy and fear and insecurity, scrutinizing the characters and shrinking as they scrutinize each other. There's a love that falls apart and acts untorn, or tears but remains whole. The passage of time as a mental capacity and plot as mere background that comes as an afterthought makes To the Lighthouse realistic in a way I've encountered no where else.
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