October Book Meeting

  • October 29, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Barnes and Noble (Augusta Mall)

October: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

From Wikipeida: "To the Lighthouse is a 1927 novel by Virginia Woolf. A landmark novel of high modernism, the text, which centres on the Ramsays and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920, skilfully manipulates temporal and psychological elements.

To the Lighthouse follows and extends the tradition of modernist novelists like Marcel Proust and James Joyce, where the plot is secondary to philosophical introspection, and the prose can be winding and hard to follow. The novel includes little dialogue and almost no action; most of it is written as thoughts and observations. The novel recalls childhood emotions and highlights adult relationships. Among the book's many tropes and themes are those of loss, subjectivity, and the problem of perception.

In 1998, the Modern Library named To the Lighthouse No. 15 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2005, the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to present."

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  • Judy M.

    Last night I was already pondering some of the excellent passages, and some of my favorites, to recommend for that very purpose in ATOTC. Will try to live up to your high standards.

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • George M.

    Very good discussion. However, given that the beautiful prose of TTLH is one of the main reasons for this novel's very high acclaim I wish there were more desire for readings from the text. Maybe this will happen for the excellent upcoming novels.

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • Lori G.

    Great discussion enjoyed everyone company and input. Enjoyed meeting you all.

    3 · October 30, 2013

    • Renee

      Glad you enjoyed it and I hope we will see you back next month!

      1 · October 30, 2013

  • Edna S.

    It is always amazing how a really dull book can inspire such a refreshing discussion. Not everyone agrees on what the author meant, but everyone has something to offer, and often has you looking at your own interpretation in a different way so the brain cells are stimulated in a way that would not happen had you not attended the meeting, but had read the book alone...no way can I even get to 100 words - I tried, but was boring myself. Good to have seen you all.

    2 · October 30, 2013

  • Judy M.

    Many thanks to all of you who were able to make it to the meeting for a very interesting discussion!

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • Lori G.

    Where at Barnes and nobles do you meet.

    October 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      In the coffee shop in the back.. on the railing

      October 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      In the coffee shop

      October 29, 2013

  • sandra e.

    Two of my college kids (separate colleges both out of town)
    Just came into town.... ) I am not going to attend tonight ... And Yes, if it had been at my house it would still be. I would not cancel ... Anyway.... I hope you all have an invigorating discussion .

    October 29, 2013

  • Matt

    I kept meaning to get going on this book, but my work schedule just hasn't been conducive to getting to the meeting. Hope everyone has a good discussion!

    October 29, 2013

  • Mary O.

    Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf? "I am , I am". Reading this book made my eye teeth hurt;I plodded over the words like swimming through treacle. Perhaps if this indeed is the "enlightened novel", pray let me remain in darkness. My relief was when I pitched it in the trash, bidding adieu to $13.95. I will skip this month's meeting, and to all who attend and will have finished this book, my hat is off to you.

    October 24, 2013

    • Renee

      It is indeed a tough book to read. I am still trying to get through it myself. But sometimes tough books provide good discussion and hopefully the member who wanted us the read the book can provide some insight.

      October 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Renee... do they dare :-) fess up? Ha!

      October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am gonna finish it!! Omg!!! 40 pages left !!

    October 28, 2013

  • Mary Deirdre I.

    PS Stream of consciousness isn't so bad if you just go with the flow. (Sorry...just couldn't help myself.)

    October 28, 2013

  • Mary Deirdre I.

    I won't be able to make this month's meeting.

    October 28, 2013

  • sandra e.

    I agree with Mary about it being 'molasses'... ugh

    October 24, 2013

  • Lori G.

    Finished the book fist seven pages are brutal. Once I became accustom to the third person narrative old English and flight of ideas it was a good book. It is available at the library. Virginia Wolfe's style is distinctive I see why it is considered a classic. On waiting list.

    October 24, 2013

  • Mary O.

    What does it mean to be on the wait list? Should I attend?

    October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Last month was my first month and not everyone came who is signed up so it was suggested to me that just go ahead and come that we will make room for you

      October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since I see no other discussion of a change.. it will be at Barnes and nobles?

    October 14, 2013

    • Renee

      Yes we will be staying at Barnes and Nobles. I should have already confirmed this but figured I would give it some time in case anyone else wanted to share their opinion.

      October 16, 2013

    • sandra e.

      Thank You for letting me know.

      October 16, 2013

  • LeeAnn R.

    Cannot make the meeting this month. Something came up.

    October 14, 2013

  • Renee

    I do like meeting at the Barnes and Noble as it is somewhat centralized and there are snacks and drinks for those who want something. However, the seating there can get a bit crowded. A few folks suggested we find a different location. Do we want to meet somewhere else? I don't really have any suggestions, so I am up to hearing your ideas.

    September 25, 2013

    • Renee

      Sorry, I wasn't trying to ignore your post Sandra. I just wanted to move the discussion of a new location to the October meeting page. I do think North Augusta is a bit of a drive for anyone on the west part of town; it is hard enough for me to get home, get kids feed, and get to the mall by 7:00. However, I will put it to a vote to give it a one meeting try. But we also need to take into account that are we meeting at Sandra's place every meeting? What if Sandra has no desire to read the book or will not be home on our meeting date? Are we going on a member house rotation? Also, it did occur to me today that the Atlanta Bread Company on Robert C. Daniel does have a wood table large enough to accomidate us. So just putting that out there

      2 · September 26, 2013

    • sandra e.

      I like Renee's points. 1) whether I read the book or not, I would be happy to open my home to the group. I do read the books. 2) starting at 7:30 might help some. 3) honestly, I'm ok with meeting wherever. Put my vote with Renee's so that whatever Renee thinks is best for the group is now worth (at least) two votes. I love this group. Renee has apperntly done a great job as its leader. My confidances is from that regard.

      September 26, 2013

  • Mary Deirdre I.

    I'll just keep my eyes open for the meeting place.

    September 26, 2013

  • sandra e.

    y'all google my address and let me know. <smile>
    983 Campbellton Dr 29841

    September 25, 2013

  • Mary Deirdre I.

    I can't seem to find the book listed for October.

    September 8, 2013

    • Renee

      On the left side of the page, under the photo of the book cover, you will find a link labled "About us..." That shows the book selections through next June.

      September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    just ordered my copy for september off amazon.com! It will be tough to put away the 6 Phillipa Gregory's I bought at second and charles last sunday!

    September 4, 2013

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