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“The very stone one kicks with one's boot will outlast Shakespeare.” | To the Lighthouse mini review

“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; here was one.” - "To the Lighthouse", Virginia Woolf
When I finished reading Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse for a course I took at uni last year (it was The Novel: Realism, History, Fiction), I was surprised by how absorbing Woolf's writing is. Her prose is lyrical, flowing and beautiful but also controlled and deliberate. Every word is in place like a stroke on Lily's canvas, within a deeply fragmented "stream-of-consciousness" style, dancing in a measured way from one character's perspective to the next within a paragraph. The novel's lack of an exciting plot is replaced with an extraordinary living portrait of a family and the people they know--individua…

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