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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
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Oct 25, 2007

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Jessica I'm gonna review it and I'll explain that choice there.... In short, I know it's a magnificent work of art, objectively (as much as one can say that) speaking, but I star-rate on enjoyment and personal engagement, and there's something about this one that I just can't get that into. But I mean, it's an incredible book and Virginia Woolf is obviously an artistic genius. It's a Great Book for sure, but one I find myself marveling at more than actually enjoying.

Maybe I should've given it four. I don't know. Hm. I'll think about it.

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Emma I reckon your review should reflect your experience, don't be cowed by reputation.

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Emma Sometimes there are writers that you desperately *want* to love, but, even with all that goodwill ... you just *don't*. You can't fake being wowed ...

Jessica But I was wowed by it! It's amazing! I just didn't totally *enjoy* it in the way I usually give out the four-stars for; I find Virginia Woolf very difficult, is the thing, which poses a problem to my purely pleasure-based star-rating system... But I think I am probably going to give it four stars anyway, for reasons I'll explain in the (I hope) forthcoming review.

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Emma I agree about Orlando, it's spectacular and not difficult in the slightest. I couldn't get through Mrs Dalloway, but I always feel sad about it. I might have to try again, say, in my fifties.

message 6: by Lynn (new)

Lynn If you don't enjoy a book, how can you give it 4 stars? No matter how good or important it is *supposed* to be? I have aborted my attempt to read the Marias book you liked. I have never managed to get through Moby Dick, Don Quixote, or Huck Finn either - all at the top of the lit reading lists, not engaging to me.

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