To The Lighthouse by V.Woolf with Toby Brothers

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Date(s) - 18/04/2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ


Five evenings exploring Woolf’s modernist vision with Toby Brothers, Director of the London and Paris Literary Salon

18th April, 25th April, 9th May,16th May and 23rd May

“Losing personality, one lost the fret, the hurry, the stir; and there rose to her lips always some exclamation of triumph over life when things came together in this peace, this rest, this eternity; and pausing there she looked out to meet that stroke of the Lighthouse, the long steady stroke, the last of the three, which was her stroke…”        (To the Lighthouse, p.70)

 Lighthouse book cover

In this exquisite work, Woolf seeks to break through the restraints of language to access the interior voice of passions, fears, unspeakable thoughts and human dynamics. By employing stream of
consciousness narrative and the early stirrings of the modernist aesthetic, Woolf gives insights into the nature of relationships and the formation of self in relation to others that will be recognisable – and revealing to each reader.

Eudora Welty writes in her forward to To the Lighthouse: “Radiant as [TtL] is in its beauty, there could never be a mistake about it: here is a novel to the last degree severe and uncompromising. I think that beyond being about the very nature of reality, it is itself a vision of reality.”

Toby Brothers conceived of, developed and leads the Literary Salon in London and Paris. Her experience includes teaching literary seminars in areas that range from creative writing to women’s literature and film, world religions and wisdom traditions, African American Literature to Shakespeare for adults, secondary and primary school students. She has over 30 years of innovative teaching and seminar experience in France, the USA, Japan and the UK.

We will be reading from the Penguin Classics edition of To the Lighthouse; if you have a different edition, the specific textual references may not cohere.

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