To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
Genre: Classics; Literature
Summary: To the Lighthouse is centered around the Ramsay family as they vacation somewhere along coastal Scotland.
Review: Even though I was an English major in undergrad, I never encountered anything written by Virginia Woolf, and I’m honestly not quite sure how that happened. To the Lighthouse marks my first foray into her body of work, and it definitely won’t be my last.
This novel was incredibly complex and it took me ages to get through, which was surprising since it’s such a slim volume. It may seem as though I didn’t like the novel because of this, but that’s definitely not the case; it’s just a difficult read. I really enjoyed that this work didn’t focus as much on the plot, but rather focused on the psychology of the characters. The way in which Woolf put her characters under the microscope to reveal their inner workings was incredibly interesting, and I oftentimes found myself relating to them.
For me, the thing that stands out most, however, is the way in which this book was written. I’ve never really encountered a style like Woolf’s before, and her prose is truly something to behold. The images and insights she was able to craft with her words were incredibly illuminating, and many of her passages were downright lyrical.
I’m sure I haven’t truly absorbed everything this novel has to offer through just one read, and I’ll definitely revisit it again in the future.
If you enjoy classics that explore the concept of psychological examination, give To the Lighthouse a try.
Read-alikes: The Awakening – Kate Chopin, The Hours - Michael Cunningham
Other Books by Virginia Woolf: Orland, Mrs. Dalloway, A Room of One’s Own, The Waves