Friday, July 2, 2010

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

My very first novel by Virginia Woolf. I was terrified to read it and now I'm terrified to write a review, but I shall overcome all that and just do my best.

I took this book to be about nothing in particular. This was a novel of human behavior. We saw how people reacted to what another person said or did, whether that person was a stranger or a familiar face. We saw how people reacted when someone who has always been there is now gone and they must tread the world on their own. We saw how differently the same person reacted as a child to when they're an adult.

I connected the most with Lily and seemed to follow her around more so than the others. Lily is a creative soul, who loves to paint, but is often hounded by Charles Tansey who is constantly telling her that women can neither paint nor write. So, I immediately took a dislike to him. At the end of the book, Lily seemed to come to grips with everything in her life that she had been hanging on to, things that had been keeping her down. She finished a painting, that she started years ago, but more than that, she finally came to terms with who she was.


Lisa said...

Wolff is one of those authors that I always wonder if I missed something when I'm done reading--even when I enjoy the book!

Joanne said...

Interesting -- although I've never read anything by Woolf, I'm reading a fictional account of her disappearance and death by Stephanie Barron called The White Garden. I need to learn more about this author.