Monday, April 2, 2007

To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf

It was a while before I tuned in to the writing style, which captures in text something of the internal thought processes of the characters, but once I was comfortable with it the added dimension of realism proved very powerful. Again we are in "family in a country house" territory. In the first section the action is all in the characters' heads and almost nothing happens externally. In the middle section the style changes completely as much happnes off stage and much time passes, then we return to the initial setting and style for the final section; at the end of which the trip to the lighthouse is finally achieved. Rich, complex and rewarding writing which brings to life a varied cast of characters, illumnated from within rather than observed from outside.


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