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  • To the Lighthouse

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Nicole Kidman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf’s arresting analysis of domestic family life, centering on the Ramseys and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the early 1900s. Nicole Kidman ( Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut), who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, brings the impressionistic prose of this classic to vibrant life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly let down by Nicole K

  • By Anonymous User on 02-02-2019

A minimalist classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-2017

I'll never get over how Virginia Woolf can extract, bottle and stopper the mood of a whole life in a brief moment. Originally, the plot of this novel never appealed to me. A delayed family trip to a lighthouse is hardly thrilling synopsis stuff.

I'd read Orlando, Mrs Dalloway and The Waves first. But I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I'd place it as a close second to Orlando as my favourite Woolf work.

Fair warning: it is slow. All of Woolf's novels are by our poor attention standards, and that is a big part of their beauty. It's like watching a moth get slowly caught in amber.

Nicole Kidman is an excellent narrator. Her voice is clear and she adds a thoughtful element all her own to Virginia's beautiful prose. You have the feeling that she loves this book, these characters and their frailties.