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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

To the Lighthouse

The title of Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse" is not misleading.  The first chapter is mainly people arguing, speculating, and otherwise discussing making a trip to the lighthouse.  Then there's a montage of time passing.  Finally, in the last chapter, you have the big payoff where some people actually go to the lighthouse.  From a very superficial perspective the story is simplistic to the point of being boring but, as compared to much of my list, refreshingly straightforward.

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The book is considered important because of how Woolf told the story.  Most of the novel is told from a perspective that shifts between members of the family and spends a good amount of time inside their heads.  Woolf's work is largely a study in perspectives that also explores themes of gender roles and how very differently people can see things depending on whether they rely on intellect or emotion.

I wouldn't call this an enjoyable read.  Certainly not from a story perspective.  But it is interesting.

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