To the Lighthouse: A Review


To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf is about The Ramsey’s, a family of 8 whose matriarch is one of the main focal points of the novel. Mrs. Ramsey’s relationship with her husband is rocky at best; Mr. Ramsey’s egotistical and narcissistic nature does not blend well with Mrs. Ramsey’s giving and kind soul. The Ramsey’s have a number of regular guests at their summer home, all of whom are characters.

The most interesting part of this novel is the revolving  narrative. The narrator shifts from character to character and halfway through, it even shifts in time. While nothing of renown seems to happen, the main focus of this book seems to be the characters and their point of views.

I didn’t necessarily dislike the novel, but I wouldn’t put it on my list of favorites. It’s my first jump into the infamous Virginia Woolf and I can see why her novels are praised for their character development and complexity.

If you’ve read Virginia Woolf, what’s your favorite novel of hers? I’m always looking to add books to my To Be Read pile!

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