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To the Lighthouse Audiobook of the Week in Sunday Times

May 14, 2008

Naxos AudioBooks has released this month the unabridged version of Juliet Stevenson's acclaimed recording of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (NA686612). A true landmark of English modernist fiction, this is considered by many to be her finest work. The Sunday Times has made To the Lighthouse 'Audio book of the Week'.

Audio book of the week
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf
read by Juliet Stevenson

Mrs Ramsay (wife of a distinguished, philosopher, mother of eight, and a sympathetic hostess) provides the heartbeat of a shabby-grand holiday house - in the Hebrides and at the same time ceaselessly gauges the secret rhythms of its many intertwined pulses. Hers is the dominant interior monologue of this pre-first-world-war interlude. Other voices (most notably that of unmarried artist Lily Briscoe) fade in and out, and Juliet Stevenson turns this haunting story, in which nothing really happens, into a tone-poem of delicately nuanced probings into human relationships. The mood deepens when the neglected house is revisited, post-war, by surviving members of the holiday party, who must ultimately confront “that loneliness that was the truth about things”. KR - The Sunday Times 05/11/08


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