"I am forcing myself to read a page of To the Lighthouse each day and am finding it incredibly hard going."

The Window'... 'Time Passes'... 'The Lighthouse'...

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The three sections which comprise Virginia Woolf's classic novel divide a story in which some scathingly say nothing happens at all.

'To the Lighthouse' however is considered by most critics to be a modernist marvel - its flowing narrative includes little actual dialogue, but rather, a wealth of descriptive prose, which some readers of course, often find a bit too much...

The 1927 novel does divide opinion, but is reflective of the style Woolf was so well known for -  words which windingly weave their way through the text, binding the tale together through the observations and thoughts of those portrayed within it.

But what is it all about, some still scream in frustration? A visit to the lighthouse? Really? Is that it?

Perhaps it is, but it is so much more - it is the story of emotions felt, the minutia of day-to-day life... more specifically, that of the Ramsay family during their annual visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland.