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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
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Jul 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: pick-a-shelf, classics
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: 1001 Books to read before you die
Recommended for: Thost who love classics
Read in August, 2009 , read count: once

I have always been afraid to read Virginia Woolf, thinking that she would be a difficult read, boring, or worse. Boy was I wrong. I really enjoyed this book. It's true that Virginia Woolf's writing style is sometimes a little confusing. At least in this book, she uses a stream of consciousness style that, I believe, would send my son's English teachers up the wall. Talk about run on sentences!

That said - her prose is beautiful. The first 80 or so pages in the book take place in a period of about 4 hours, highlighting the perspective of all of the major characters. If anyone told me that I would read a book where most of it takes place within a few hours, I would have said,"boring", but boring she is not. I loved the way Mrs. and Mr. Ramsay interacted with each other and what it says about the roles of men and women in that time period. I also love the way that Lily Briscoe in the antithesis to Mrs. Ramsay's traditional woman. How she uses Lily's art to highlight her radicalness. All in all, this was a great read and I will definitely by reading more Virginia Woolf in the future. I hope her other books are just as good.

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Lynne Wow, I think you definitely have to read this book. It is a whole little shelf a thon all by itself!

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