So now, my ever-delightful and very savvy merry-makers, Spring!
Could it be that you were all fantastically excited about the reconstruction and 2012 reopening of the post-Katrina Canal Lighthouse? I have no idea how you navigated the seas of classic offerings, but you selected To the Lighthouse for your March reading. Good for you! (And get yourself out there and check out the New Orleans lighthouse…it’s lovely and good to have it back.)
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf,[masked] pages
"The novel that established Virginia Woolf as a leading writer of the twentieth century, To the Lighthouse is made up of three powerfully charged visions into the life of one family living in a summer house off the rocky coast of Scotland. As time winds its way through their lives, the Ramsays face, alone and simultaneously, the greatest of human challenges and its greatest triumph--the human capacity for change. A moving portrait in miniature of family life, it also has profoundly universal implications, giving language to the silent space that separates people and the space that they transgress to reach each other. There are very few exceptional and miraculous novels that have the power to change their readers forever. To the Lighthouse is one of them." At its publication, the New York Times reviewer noted: “… in its portrayal of life that is less orderly, more complex and so much doomed to frustration, it strikes a more important note, and it gives us an interlude of vision that must stand at the head of all Virginia Woolf's work.”
This selection is available as a book and audio book at both the New Orleans and Jefferson public libraries. It is also available as an ebook; in some cases you can find it online for free.
Notice to all you over-achievers/slow readers: You might want to pour an extra measure of Jameson’s in mid-March and get a head-start on the April selection: East of Eden, 640 pages; meeting on April 23. (But be sure to get yourselves out to the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Parade--no excuses!)