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To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse (5 May 1927) is a novel by Virginia Woolf. A landmark novel of high modernism, the text, centering on the Ramsay family and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920, skillfully manipulates temporality and psychological exploration.To the Lighthouse follows and extends the tradition of modernist novelists like Marcel Proust and James Joyce, where the plot is secondary to philosophical introspection, and the prose can be winding and hard to follow. The novel includes little dialogue and almost no action; most of it is written as thoughts and observations. The novel recalls the power of childhood emotions and highlights the impermanence of adult relationships. One of the book's several themes is the ubiquity of transience.
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VioletCavalier
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#SoaringScores #NowWeAreFree Day 23 (or Day 1 for me): I'm jumping on this bandwagon late, but jumping on it nonetheless!

Woolf's heroine searches within and learns to free herself of the past, and of her grief. She realizes that life takes what she loves, but the memories are forever. In doing so, she finally becomes able to look to the future with certainty and move forward. I think this needs a re-read.

@CrowCAH @Cinfhen

CrowCAH Sounds lovely! Thanks for joining Soaring Scores 🎶 1mo
Cinfhen Welcome 💓💓💓great choice 1mo
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“The nights now are full of wind and destruction; the trees plunge and bend and their leaves fly helter skelter until the lawn is plastered with them and they lie packed in gutters and choke rain-pipes and scatter damp paths.”

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twohectobooks
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I feel like this will be an unpopular opinion, but I didn‘t love this. My first time reading Woolf, and I certainly didn‘t hate it, either. She is so, so good at getting inside the thoughts and feelings of her characters. The brief section of “Time Passes” was my favourite by far. The issue I had was that everything felt so aimless that I couldn‘t really care about what was going on or what the characters were feeling. Maybe I just didn‘t get it.

twohectobooks Thanks @Curiouser_and_curiouser for reminding me I needed to post this review, and it still took three more days to get it done! Despite my lukewarm reaction I think it‘s well worth a read if you ever want to try again! 2mo
zezeki I agree on everything you said. 2mo
twohectobooks @zezeki glad to know I‘m not alone! 2mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @twohectobooks thank you, yes, great review. It certainly is still on my TBR list so I haven't completely ruled it out, I think it just needs to be read at a certain time for me. I'm still only just over a year back into heavy reading so I'm in a lovely getting to know you again reading stage, this book is on my shelf and its time will come :) 2mo
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Joyfulmimi
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To me, Virginia Woolf was amazing. Not only is she an unbelievable writer, making words on a page into a musical score but she comes across as a genius in her understanding of important aspects of human nature. In this brief novel, mostly told in the minds of its characters, she tackles all the intense feelings and dramas in a typical life. There were many moments when I stopped reading and stared ahead, saying WOW .One of the greatest⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Joyfulmimi
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What is the meaning of life? That was all-a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years. The great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark

(She takes my breath away)

Artwork: Mary Whyte, “Open Door”, Coleman Fine Art, Charleston, SC

GhostStories I love this! 2mo
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Joyfulmimi
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Day 1: #7covers7days

Thanks for the invite @merelybookish

cleoh I love the depth of this! 3mo
merelybookish It is a gorgeous cover! 3mo
sarahbarnes Love this cover! 3mo
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Joyfulmimi
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“But what have I done with my life? Thought, Mrs. Ramsey...She had a sense of being past everything, through everything, out of everything...-Virginia Woolf, “To the Lighthouse”
Painting: Vilhelm Hammershoii

saresmoore Gorgeous quote & painting! 3mo
BookieBiker Ditto what saresmoore said! ❤️Virginia Woolf! 3mo
Joyfulmimi I‘ve decided she may be my favorite author @saresmoore and @BookieBiker 3mo
merelybookish @Joyfulmimi Mine too! Or top 3 for sure!! 3mo
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Joyfulmimi
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I think Virginia Woolf is referring to herself as always having been a highly sensitive person. The Ramsays are supposed to be her parents.

saresmoore Wow, yes. I think you‘re on to something. 3mo
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Joyfulmimi
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I LOVE this book and Virginia Woolf now. If only I could stay home and finish reading it! (Sigh)

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CoffeeNBooks Gorgeous cat! 3mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser How was it? I attempted it once but I think I needed to be in a stronger state of mind. 2mo
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zezeki
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I'm over my head with assignments so of course I'm gonna go to the beach and read a book and just chill for a few hours. 😄😄🌊🏖️⛵📚 #summer #beachread

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zezeki
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Starting this one tonight! It's been a while since I've read Virgina Woolf. 📚📚🌊 #tbr #summerrread #lighthouse ⛵🏖️

DrexEdit I've read this one a couple of times and really like it. Haven't read much of the rest of Virginia Woolf though. I need to fix that situation. 😊 4mo
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GatheringBooks
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LapReader
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Mehso-so

Here is my selfie for #BFCr2. Our local lighthouse is only open on Sundays so Stew and I walked up the hill yesterday then stopped in at the surf club for a very cheap drink. It was a very windy day. I only wear makeup when I am out at night so it‘s easy to find a picture of me with no make up on.

Crazeedi What a great picture!! 5mo
Megabooks You look fantastic! 5mo
sudi Great selfie 😊👍 5mo
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Laughterhp Great picture! Looks like a cool place! 5mo
BookwormAHN 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
britt_brooke You‘re adorable! Great photo. 5mo
marleed Beautiful and I should add that I‘m a tad jelly of your ability to wear a quilted vest in July! 5mo
LapReader @marleed Like I am jealous of the Northern summer. 5mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful! ❤ Great smile and a lovely background! Thank you for sharing. (Just remember to tag me on challenge posts so you get credit! 😉) 5mo
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Scochrane26
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I finished. I can say I‘ve read a book by Virginia Woolf. I don‘t like the style of writing, & I almost gave up. Just not for me.

Hestapleton Yeah modernism is for sure not for everyone. I can‘t stomach it either. I like a clear plot too much in my fiction. 5mo
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Scochrane26
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It‘s been very distracting week, so I haven‘t gotten much reading done. Things have been happening fast with jobs & have a lot of errands before leaving for AZ next week. My round 1 #BFC stats—I had some weeks with only 2 days exercising but have hit goal of 3 the last few weeks. I read 8 books (goal was 6). Overall, this has helped me through an anxious time in life. I have started better habits & built up some stamina.

Scochrane26 @wanderinglynn thanks for the great idea and hosting! I will get lots of exercise in next week (Arizona) but not sure how much reading. Plenty of airport/plane time, but I‘ll be busy looking at scenery the rest of the time. 6mo
wanderinglynn Great round 1! 🙌🏻 And enjoy Arizona! 6mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 6mo
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Scochrane26
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Because I feel like I should read a Virginia Woolf book at some point in my life & my local bookstore is doing book bingo w/ reading a classic on one prompt.

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zezeki
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These are the books that I plan on reading this summer and they all are ocean themed. It's a humble pile as I already need to finish #hpbuddyread and my summer is going to be super busy, and not in I way I hoped. Oh, well. 😅 📚📓🌊🌊🌞🐳 #summerread #tbr #ocean

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Bibliogeekery
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Reading some Virginia Would while I accompany a young friend to get a tattoo ⚓

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kspenmoll
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#LitsyLove

Thank you so much for all this love💕💕 Littens! I really needed it the last two weeks so it was wonderful to hear from you all. I am behind in my replies but have the time & energy to begin today. My hand/ arm nerve injury due to a needle stick to my nerve when giving blood has hampered my writing. Fortunately the MD does not think it‘s permanent but may take months to heal. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

tpixie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ hope you heal fast! (edited) 7mo
rjsthumbelina I had the same thing happen to me while giving blood years ago! It did heal, but it took quite a while. And I still get some weird tingles in that hand from time to time. Feel better! 7mo
Pricel101 Feel better soon! 💐📚🤗 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
UwannaPublishme Sending healing hugs! Feel better! 🤗❤️ 7mo
kspenmoll @rjsthumbelina Thank you so much for sharing your similar experience. It gives me hope. 7mo
tpixie ♥️♥️♥️ 7mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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“..To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others.”

Mrs Ramsay sits alone, her solitude allows her to distance herself from the others. She seems to be in a meditative state, hands busy but her mind, as if an #invisibletouch of a hand has swept over her, providing calmness.

Tamra How beautiful. 7mo
Reviewsbylola Perfect, and so gorgeous. 7mo
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emilyhaldi Obsessed 😍 7mo
batsy Love this post 💙 7mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous 💜🙌🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful painting, beautiful words ✨✨✨✨✨ 7mo
BiblioLitten Beautiful! 7mo
Mdargusch I love everything about this post! 💙💙💙 7mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous post, all of it! 7mo
readordierachel Lovely 💕 7mo
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sarahbarnes
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I‘m with you @merelybookish - reading this book again has been quite an emotional experience. It‘s exquisite. The way she captures how time and space change (and don‘t) our perspectives and our feelings about one another and ourselves, is breathtaking. As Lily Briscoe says, “so much depends...upon distance: whether people are near us or far from us.” Thanks for reading with me!

merelybookish Exquisite! Great word choice. We will need to discuss this more, why it was so emotional! I'm still mulling that over. Let me know if you'd like to re-read Mrs. Dalloway. I'm curious if I will find it as powerful! 7mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I agree!! And yes, I would love to re-read Mrs. Dalloway! Great choice. ❤️ (edited) 7mo
Joyfulmimi I think I will reread Mrs. Dalloway now that I understand her writing better @merelybookish 3mo
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merelybookish @Joyfulmimi Oh I think you'll really love it! 3mo
Joyfulmimi I‘m sad she chose not to live long enough to write more books. But, we have her essays and diaries @merelybookish 3mo
sarahbarnes @Joyfulmimi I hope you enjoy it! It‘s been really fun to reread her books! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely. The quote and the picture 👌 8mo
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I am in awe of how Woolf is able to shift between the perspectives of different characters to build the complex narrative of the story. This parenthetical chapter from the hikers‘ perspective answers Mrs. Ramsey‘s question about whether Nancy went with them. And then the narrative comes back to Mrs. Ramsey in the brief following chapter: “‘Yes,‘ said Prue, in her considering way, answering her mother's question, ‘I think Nancy did go with them.‘”

Emilymdxn She really is the master 💖 8mo
merelybookish Yes! It is amazing how she pieces all these small bits together, and each person emerges as a distinct personality. (I have to apologize. My reading got shelved for a day or two. But hope to get back to it soon.) 8mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I agree! She develops the characters so subtly through their inner thoughts. And don‘t apologize! I‘ve been moving slowly on my end, too. 8mo
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Bibliogeekery
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♥️

JSW Beautiful thought. 8mo
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“Such she often felt herself-struggling against terrific odds to maintain her courage; to say: ‘But this is what I see; this is what I see,‘.... And it was then too, in that chill and windy way, as she began to paint, that there forced themselves upon her other things, her own inadequacy, her insignificance, keeping house for her father off the Brompton Road....”
Always so taken with Woolf‘s ability to articulate the vulnerability of being human.

aquariusnat Where did you find a copy with a foreword by Eudora Welty? 8mo
kathedron Lily Briscoe ❤ 8mo
sarahbarnes @aquariusnat I‘ve had it since college (which was long, long ago 😁). 8mo
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sarahbarnes @kathedron Agreed. ❤️ 8mo
aquariusnat Pretty Cool ! 8mo
merelybookish I also marked this passage too! And later when she keeps comparing Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Bankes and all their contradictory qualities. 8mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish Yes, agreed! I love how we see the two from her perspective, then Ramsey from Bankes‘ perspective. And Bankes thinking about Lily, and about himself. She‘s brilliant at shifting among characters‘ inner thoughts. It happens so seamlessly. 8mo
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"For the great plateful of blue water was before her; the hoary Lighthouse, distant, austere, in the midst; and on the right, as far as the eye could see, fading and falling, in soft low pleats, the green sand dunes with the wild flowing grasses on them, which always seemed to be running away into some moon country, uninhabited of men." ??
Only a few pages in but already remembering why this is one of her masterpieces.
@sarahbarnes @bookandcat

Leftcoastzen ❤️ 8mo
saresmoore Neat cover! 8mo
Theaelizabet My favorite of hers. This reminds that I‘m due for a reread. 8mo
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sarahbarnes Yes! I was awestruck by this passage as well when I read it. ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
merelybookish @saresmoore Thanks! I have a few of these editions and like the covers a lot! 8mo
merelybookish @Theaelizabet Well some of us just starting a re/read if you'd like to join. 8mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes I was surprised by how beautiful the descriptions of nature are! 8mo
Theaelizabet @merelybookish Thanks for asking! Normally, I would jump at the chance, but right now I‘m booked-up (excuse pun). I will look forward to reading the comments, though. Again, thanks for thinking of me! 8mo
merelybookish @Theaelizabet I understand! Always too many books... 8mo
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merelybookish
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Anyone in the mood to read/re-read To The Lighthouse? @sarahbarnes and I are planning a low-key buddy read starting this week. Feel free to join us!

kathedron I would love to join you but my TBR stack for next month is already teetering and I daren't add a re-read to it. I shall look forward to your posts, though. ❤ 8mo
bookandcat I might be able to join - feel free to tag me and even if I can't reread it I will still enjoy reading the posts! :-) 8mo
sarahbarnes Woot! 😁 8mo
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andrew61 Really tempted but think I'll struggle - enjoy and ill look forward to the comments. 8mo
merelybookish @kathedron I understand! But if you change your mind, you're more than welcome to join. 8mo
merelybookish @bookandcat Oh good! We will be sure to tag you either way! 8mo
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Qpri
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‘The very stone that one kicks with one‘s boot, will outlast Shakespeare.‘ -Virginia Woolf in To The Lighthouse. (Pictured: A San Francisco street mural)

Blueberry Love the mural ❤ 9mo
Qpri @Blueberry It‘s so much fun to walk around enjoying the work of local artists :) 9mo
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RadicalReader Never seen a more beautiful combination of sunset and ocean 9mo
imitelis Wonders of Nature! 9mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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Not my favorite Woolf novel, but beautifully written as always

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Now reading

Nebklvr I loved this!! Hope you enjoy it too. 10mo
Paperback.Propensity @Nebklvr Thanks! I am liking it so far 10mo
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I can‘t believe it‘s been almost 11 years since I read To the Lighthouse, but the torn receipts I found between the pages, used as bookmarks when I needed them, tell me that it was March 2008. I was living in Ohio. I had gotten a cheap haircut that I absolutely hated. I loved the brownies at Middle Ground. There is almost nothing in my life that‘s the same as it was then. Except, of course, for this incredible book.

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Paperback.Propensity
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The last of my bookmail.

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Mitch
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Happy Birthday Virginia 🥳

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️♥️♥️ 10mo
LeahBergen Yes!! ❤️❤️ 10mo
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suzie.reads
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What a breathtaking read this was it's left me feeling very satisfied.
It isn't really a plot driven story, it's quite gentle but I think this book is more about Virginia Woolf's writing style, which is simply stunning. I felt like I was sat exactly where she was describing, the detail was incredible. I love the Isle of Skye as well.

A book from my #booknerdchallenge a classic book I've been meaning to read but haven't.

Judybskt I‘ve had this on my bookshelf forever. Need to read it! 11mo
suzie.reads @Judybskt it isn't my type of book as I like an action packed thriller but I'm trying to read a few different books for various challenges. It it a beautifully written book and wad enjoyable. 11mo
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Litsi
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“ a life different from [mine], in Paris perhaps; a wilder life; not always taking care of some man or other; for there was in all their minds a mute questioning of deference and chivalry, of the Bank of England and the Indian Empire, of ringed fingers and lace...”
The thoughts of the three young daughters in To the Lighthouse. And hopefully the thoughts of mine.

jmofo 💜 11mo
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Lea
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Took a few days off from reading to go to the ocean for a much needed vacation with my husband.

julesG 😍 13mo
Caroline2 Awesome!!! 😍 13mo
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marble--halls
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"What, indeed, if you look from a mountain-top down the long wastes of the ages? The very stone one kicks with one's boot will outlast Shakespeare."

Virginia Woolf, 1927, To the Lighthouse

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gradcat
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#graditude30 #inspiration @hermyknee

My sources of inspiration are, ta-dum, other artists. I am often inspired by architecture & location, or paintings & installations, or poets and poetry, or music & lyrics. I suppose I‘m kind of like a sponge to water: art just fills me up, saturates me.

hermyknee 💛 13mo
batsy Yes to this ❤️ 13mo
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Loved it. Definitely going be reading more books by her.

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Loving it ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Litsi
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Yesterday at the half Stanford‘s football team was down 7-24. I said they could win. My husband was dismissive.
Today I realized that we had acted out the famous scenes in this novel where the wife says the weather might be fine enough the next day to go to the lighthouse & the husband says it won‘t.
If a novel is a classic somehow the writer has captured the elements of life. I encourage you to read one. They‘re free.
And Stanford did win.

MyBookSwapClub I listened to audio last week! I agree with your review - great book! 1y
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MyBookSwapClub
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Today's a #AudioBook

Loving this book...Mrs Ramsey, and her description about books she has in TBR but hasn't got to it yet...

What are you reading today?

MaGoose Think I read this book once years ago but don't recall the plot, so I'll put it on my TBR list. 1y
Litsi How perfect that you don‘t recall the plot. 1y
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Cupicedtea
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Pickpick

A great modernist text

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The story of a family‘s life, told in two parts. In the first part, the beautiful, optimistic Mrs. Ramsay balances the needs of her prickly husband, her children, and the guests who arrive for a dinner. She‘s the unsung center of everything, the glue that holds them together. The visit to the lighthouse is a metaphor for all that will go undone.

In the second part, Mrs. Ramsay has died and her husband is on a mission to finally take that trip.

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“it had become, she knew, giving one last look at it over her shoulder, already the past.”
#litsyclassics #virginiawoolf #studybreak

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Litsi
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Next up! Glad that my copy is water-warped. Adds to the sensory experience of it all!

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Bibliogeekery
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Next up!

Branwen Love this book so much! 😍 1y
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Bertha_Mason
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"...watching [the beam from the lighthouse] with fascination, hypnotized, as if it were stroking with its silver finger some sealed vessel in her brain whose bursting would flood her with delight..."