The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Book - 2012
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Winner of the 2013 McKitterick PrizeShortlisted for the 2013 East Midlands Book AwardShortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012Shortlisted for New Writer of the Year in the 2012 Specsavers National Book AwardsObserver Book of the Year 2012The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle-aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday.Spending his first night in Hellhaus at a small, family-run hotel, he finds the landlady hospitable but is troubled by an encounter with an inexplicably hostile barman.In the morning, Futh puts the episode behind him and sets out on his week-long circular walk along the Rhine. As he travels, he contemplates his childhood; a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour; his parents' broken marriage and his own. But the story he keeps coming back to, the person and the event affecting all others, is his mother and her abandonment of him as a boy, which left him with a void to fill, a substitute to find.He recalls his first trip to Germany with his newly single father. He is mindful of something he neglected to do there, an omission which threatens to have devastating repercussions for him this time around.At the end of the week, Futh, sunburnt and blistered, comes to the end of his circular walk, returning to what he sees as the sanctuary of the Hellhaus hotel, unaware of the events which have been unfolding there in his absence.
Publisher: Cromer, Norfolk, UK : Salt, 2012
ISBN: 9781907773174
Branch Call Number: F MOO
Characteristics: 184 p. ; 20 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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