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To the Lighthouse | [Virginia Woolf]

To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf’s arresting analysis of domestic family life, centering on the Ramseys and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the early 1900s. Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut), who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, brings the impressionistic prose of this classic to vibrant life.
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To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf’s arresting analysis of domestic family life, centering on the Ramseys and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the early 1900s. Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut), who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, brings the impressionistic prose of this classic to vibrant life.

Split into three parts, the story observes Mrs. Ramsay, Mr. Ramsey, and their children at their vacation house on the Isle of Skye. While the novel follows seemingly trivial events between the family members, the plot takes a backseat to philosophical introspection, which gave the novel its fame as an icon of modernist literature. The Ramseys' quest to recapture meaning creates a powerful allegory of man’s impermanent battle with the tangible world.

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    Lady AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-20-12
    Lady AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-20-12

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    5 and 1/2 hours in.......No. A migraine ensued upon listening to this. A swirling dreamlike journey akin to whittling a block of wood whilst daydreaming of other peoples lives, delivered by an airy tired voice.


    What was most disappointing about Virginia Woolf’s story?

    The over embellished melodramatic inner lives of the characters were irritating. It is chock full of near run on sentences speckled with flavorful imagery. The writing at times is like being in a candy shop, but then mellows back into a wasteland of gray drivel until the next high or low. If you needed a touchstone to take you to manic depressed state, this book is or you.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There is another version with a different narrator. I think I will try that one and give this "classic" another shot.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I really disliked nicole kidman as a narrator.....tiresome.....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan San Tan Valley, AZ, United States 07-23-12
    Susan San Tan Valley, AZ, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Nicole Kidman does a fantastic reading"
    If you could sum up To the Lighthouse in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely crazy wonderful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each of the characters were important in their own way, but I think that William Banks was my favorite.


    Which character – as performed by Nicole Kidman – was your favorite?

    Nicole performed the Omnipotent narrator in such a way that she made me believe that she sould actually see into the minds of the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would have been impossible to sit and listen to this in just one sitting. It is a story that I could take in the information for about forty-five minutes, then sit quietly and process all that had happened.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia San Diego, CA, United States 01-29-13
    Patricia San Diego, CA, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Virginia Woolf stream of consciousness"

    This is beautifully read by Nicole Kidman. Wolfe is not always easy to follow so you have to pay sharp attention to figure out the story. Nothing too dramatic happens as the story traces the summer home of a large family over the years and watches the developments and losses. Almost everything is from the view of women and the daily household happenings. Men and affairs of the outter world revolve around them almost without touching them except for big issues like deaths, marriages, wars. It is really lovely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn H. Grow sarasota, fl 07-30-14
    Lynn H. Grow sarasota, fl 07-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dreadful reading"
    What disappointed you about To the Lighthouse?

    I love To the Lighthouse but had never "heard" it before. Nicole Kidman positively
    ruined it…mushy articulation, dropped her voice at the end of every sentence and had
    that god-awful Australian accent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To the Lighthouse?

    When it was over


    What didn’t you like about Nicole Kidman’s performance?

    Very poor articulation, dropped her voice at the end of each sentence, literally ran out
    of breath. Plus, she has a pronounced Australian accent which clashed with Virginia
    Woolf's lovely story.


    What character would you cut from To the Lighthouse?

    It wasn't the writing--that was wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    Miss Kidman should have at least auditioned for the part, rather than just being hired because of her celebrity status.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phatgirl Longmeadow, MA 01-30-13
    Phatgirl Longmeadow, MA 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I’m not a big fan of To The Lighthouse. I dislike these stories and novels that are set in a time when the middle class seems to have nothing to do but sit around and think and be artistic while servants do all the labor. The characters speak multiple languages and can play the piano and recite poetry, but for what? To keep from being bored to tears, I think. But I am bored to tears when I read about their lives and thoughts. This focus on the characters’ thoughts vs. their actions is characteristic of the modernist style, so I supposed it’s something one can read just to appreciate the style of the time, but I am not a fan. Woolf does an admirable job with character, developing a level of psychological depth that is realistic and convincing; however, like real people, most of these characters are dull, dull, dull. The most interesting part of the story to me is Mr. Ramsay’s narcissistic tendencies. He's a jerk, and it's slightly entertaining to consider why he is such a jerk and why the other characters tolerate him. It's very interesting to think about why his wife supports his boorish behavior. The novel glorifies Mrs. Ramsay the mother-wife-martyr to an extent that is mystifying considering that her greatest accomplishments are throwing memorable dinner parties and stroking her husband’s ego. I do find it interesting that this novel is reputedly somewhat autobiographical, which means that Woolf’s father was possibly narcissictic and her mother an enabler, which may have contributed to Woolf’s mental illness and eventual suicide? I find that idea MUCH more interesting than Woolf’s novel.


    If you’ve listened to books by Virginia Woolf before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of Woolf's other books.


    What three words best describe Nicole Kidman’s voice?

    Her reading is good; it's the novel that's terrible.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I can't imagine anything more boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abstractchick Utah 01-05-13
    Abstractchick Utah 01-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    This was a boring story. This story seems to go on and on with little story. The narrations is good but I was very disappointed with this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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