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To the Lighthouse

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Written By: Virginia Woolf

Narrated By: Juliet Stevenson

Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks

Date: April 1995

Duration: 2 hours 39 minutes

Summary:

To The Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf's most accomplished novel, and her most autobiographical. It tells of one summer spent by the Ramsay family and their friends in their holiday home in Scotland. Offshore stands the lighthouse, remote, inaccessible, an eternal presence in a changing world. A projected visit to the lighthouse forms the heart of this extraordinary novel which, through the minds of the various characters, explores the nature of time, memory, transience and eternity. The style has the clarity of a diamond which shimmers in the mind, making To The Lighthouse one of the most unforgettable novels of the twentieth century.

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  • John Miller

    Brilliantly read by Juliet Stevenson. She breathes vibrant life into every word she reads, giving boisterous expression to each of the various characters and catching every nuance with great sensitivity. Without this lively narration by Stevenson, I must admit I might almost rather read a law school textbook, such is the general sedative effect of Virginia Woolf on me. Having said that, I was able to appreciate Woolf's delicate and understated writing style, admiring her knack for finding the beauty in small things; in nature and in the fine details of human relationships. I credit Stevenson with her enthusiastic narration for helping me overcome the boredom of reading Virginia Woolf.