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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
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Feb 24, 2007

it was amazing
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Read in February, 2001

My first Virginia Woolf book! Maybe Virginia Woolf books are like Christopher Guest movies in that the first one you read/see is forever afterwards your favorite.

I'm not used to "identifying" with characters in books, even though that's how a lot of people (high school students) talk about what they read. As in: "This book is, like, all about tragedy and loss, and I can TOTALLY IDENTIFY with that because my parents just took my convertible keys away and I'm really sad about it. So I really know how the legless orphans feel."

To The Lighthouse is special though because I can say about Lily Briscoe and the Ramsays, "They are me and I them." Not that that makes me special; the conflicts and emotions are pretty universal. It just so happens that Woolf's way of phrasing things (tangentially, both vague and impossibly detailed) is one that I find easier to understand than most.
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