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  1. 1. Will you be participating?

  2. 2. How will you be reading the book?

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    • Not applicable since I wont be participating but I like giving my opinion on polls anyway

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But wait. Are you going to start a new thread every time there is new book to be read? Or are you going to use this as the main thread and then start a sub thread once everyone read the book?

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The members have reached a unanimous decision, and decided on a punishment :



Chop chop. -_-


I think I'd much rather slit my wrists and watch my blood drain away...


Stop blaming Cubby. Ex no one uses the poll anyway.


Thank you Keena :wub:

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^That doesn't help. I said I'm sorry! If I could undo it then I would. So answer my question please.

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:lol: See now I keep thinking LS is a girl.


I shall try to read the book. Also, what was the poll, perhaps I can help?

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A public poll showing how is particpating

There ya go. We have the who and the HOWWWWWW. :P


Go vote people!

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Bless you white rose! Its a much better poll than the first one, so methinks my oopsie had a good effect :P


Ex do you forgive me? In my defence I was half asleep.



I will try and get my hands on a copy of this book. If I can't get a hard copy then I won't participate cos I do not like reading off PDFs :/

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^ Most welcome. :D Also, it's funny rammy & spud voted not applicable. :lol:


InshaAllah I'll participate by reading an online version. However google books usually have a page or two missing every 5 - 10 pages so if I can find the pdf, I'll read it through on my kindle.


What's the book about though?

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^ Thank you!


In terms of a synopsis, this is what I got off Wiki.




To the Lighthouse

Publication date 5 May 1927



To the Lighthouse (5 May 1927) is a novel by Virginia Woolf. A landmark novel of high modernism, the text, centering on the Ramsay family and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920, skillfully manipulates temporality and psychological exploration.


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 the power of childhood emotions and highlights the impermanence of 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.[1] In 2005, the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to present.[2]



Part I: The Window


The novel is set in the Ramsays' summer home in the Hebrides, on the Isle of Skye. The section begins with Mrs Ramsay assuring James that they should be able to visit the lighthouse on the next day. This prediction is denied by Mr Ramsay, who voices his certainty that the weather will not be clear, an opinion that forces a certain tension between Mr and Mrs Ramsay, and also between Mr Ramsay and James. This particular incident is referred to on various occasions throughout the chapter, especially in the context of Mr and Mrs Ramsay's relationship.


The Ramsays have been joined at the house by a number of friends and colleagues, one of them being Lily Briscoe, who begins the novel as a young, uncertain painter attempting a portrayal of Mrs. Ramsay and James. Briscoe finds herself plagued by doubts throughout the novel, doubts largely fed by the claims of Charles Tansley, another guest, that women can neither paint nor write. Tansley himself is an admirer of Mr Ramsay and his philosophical treatises.


The section closes with a large dinner party. When Augustus Carmichael, a visiting poet, asks for a second serving of soup, Mr Ramsay nearly snaps at him. Mrs Ramsay, who is striving for the perfect dinner party, is herself out of sorts when Paul Rayley and Minta Doyle, two acquaintances whom she has brought together in engagement, arrive late to dinner, as Minta has lost her grandmother’s brooch on the beach.


Part II: Time Passes


The second section gives a sense of time passing, absence, and death. Woolf wrote that it was 'an interesting experiment [that gave] the sense of ten years passing.'[3] In her notes for the novel, Woolf also indicated that the section linked the two larger ones, writing above a drawing of an "H," 'two blocks joined by a corridor.'[4] During this period Britain begins and finishes fighting World War I. In addition, the reader is informed as to the fates of a number of characters introduced in the first part of the novel: Mrs Ramsay passes away, Prue dies from complications of childbirth, and Andrew is killed in the war. Mr Ramsay is left adrift without his wife to praise and comfort him during his bouts of fear and his anguish regarding the longevity of his philosophical work.


Part III: The Lighthouse


In the final section, “The Lighthouse,” some of the remaining Ramsays return to their summer home ten years after the events of Part I. Mr Ramsay finally plans on taking the long-delayed trip to the lighthouse with his son James and daughter Cam(illa). The trip almost does not happen, as the children had not been ready, but they eventually set off. As they travel, the children are silent in protest of their father forcing them to come along. James keeps the sailing boat steady, and rather than receiving the harsh words he has come to expect from his father, he hears praise, providing a rare moment of empathy between father and son; Cam's attitude towards her father changes also from resentment to eventual admiration.


They are being accompanied by the sailor Macalister and his son, who catches fish during the trip. The son cuts a piece of flesh from a fish he has caught to use for bait, throwing the injured fish back into the sea.


While they set sail for the lighthouse, Lily attempts to finally complete the painting she has held in her mind since the start of the novel. She reconsiders her memory of Mrs and Mr Ramsay, balancing the multitude of impressions from ten years ago in an effort to reach towards an objective truth about Mrs Ramsay and life itself. Upon finishing the painting (just as the sailing party reaches the lighthouse) and seeing that it satisfies her, she realizes that the execution of her vision is more important to her than the idea of leaving some sort of legacy in her work.


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