The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Book - 2012
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On the outer deck of a North Sea ferry stands Futh, a middle-aged and newly separated man, on his way to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. After an inexplicably hostile encounter with a hotel landlord, Futh sets out along the Rhine. As he contemplates an earlier trip to Germany and the things he has done in his life, he does not foresee the potentially devastating consequences of things not done. This novel tells the tense, gripping story of a man trying to find himself, but becoming lost.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Penguin, ©2012
ISBN: 9781907773174
1907773177
9780143187844
0143187848
Characteristics: 184 p. ; 21 cm

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uncommonreader
Feb 17, 2014

Moore manages to create an amazing atmosphere of abandonment and alienation and tells the story of a man who never does find himself. The story has an ominous sense of the everyday. It was a worthy nominee for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

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mclarjh
Oct 02, 2013

Easy to read, conventional storytelling, not very subtle; I'll forget it in a week.

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bookwormjeph
May 07, 2013

I was disappointed with this book after reading reviews that raved about it. A simple story that seemed to get a little too complicated, lost and therefore a tad boring for me. I lost interest in it ..shame cos it had promise.

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macierules
Apr 12, 2013

depressing - but enjoyed the construction and the tight prose. Booker prize shortlist 2012.

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brianreynolds Mar 06, 2013

The trick of a good irony (a mythos characterized by failure and stasis) is to drag the reader in a circle without them realizing the goal is neither "home" nor "success." Alison Moore manages to do this in spades in The Lighthouse. As middle-aged Futh bumbles through a German walking tour, the reader is apprised of how ill-prepared he is to navigate anything at all, how oblivious he has been to all the lighthouses of his past. At the same time the wayward Ester is on her own journey, caged in a hopeless marriage and doomed to the thankless job of cleaning the rooms of holiday trekkers. When their paths come close to crossing the result is both a whimper and a bang. The steady, piercing drip of Moore's sparse prose is absolutely perfect for this story—and make no mistake; this may not be a happy or heart-warming or inspiring story, but it is a story, a story of momentous proportions, a story that should stay with its readers long after the brief time it takes to read it. Brava, Alison Moore!

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