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April 2014 Guest Editor Nicci French on To the Lighthouse.
Some people think modernism is chilly and unemotional: not this modernist masterpiece, which made me long to write. It’s a miraculous novel about time, which passes over everything, about art and the act of writing, about families, about human loneliness, about love.
This Orange Inheritance Edition of To the Lighthouse is published in association with the Orange Prize for Fiction. Books shape our lives and transform the way we see ourselves and each other. The best books are timeless and continue to be relevant generation after generation. Vintage Classics asked the winners of The Orange Prize for Fiction which books they would pass onto the next generation and why. Helen Dunmore chose To the Lighthouse . The serene and maternal Mrs Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr Ramsay, together with their children and assorted guests, are holidaying on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse Virginia Woolf constructs a remarkable and moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life, and the conflict between male and female principles.
'One of the finest novels in the English language.' Helen Dunmore
Publication date: 07/04/2011
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||7th April 2011|
|Publisher:||Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage|
|Genres:||Book Club Recommendations, eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Virginia Woolf is now recognized as a major twentieth-century author, a great novelist and essayist and a key figure in literary history as a feminist and a modernist. Born in 1882, she was the daughter of the editor and critic Leslie Stephen, and suffered a traumatic adolescence after the deaths of her mother, in 1895, and her step-sister Stella, in 1897, leaving her subject to breakdowns for the rest of her life. Her father died in 1904 and two years later her favourite brother Thoby died suddenly of typhoid.With her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, she was drawn into the company of writers ...More About Virginia Woolf