Goodreads: To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse follows the fortunes of a family and their friends as time passes.
Like Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse focuses on perceptions, presenting events and individuals through the eyes of the characters. Episodes and characters alike are depicted in fragmented ways, one person perhaps musing on them, another character describing them in progress, and yet another reflecting on what might have occurred if he or she had been present. The book often gives the feeling that it approaches a situation only to pull back, much like the waves breaking upon the shore.
Indeed, the entire novel has a fluid-like quality. Readers merge in and out of the consciousnesses of various characters, the limits between thoughts, occurrences, fact and fiction not always clearly marked. Time passes and things seem the same, yet different. Throughout, the characters struggle to the bridge the gaps and barriers that separate them, but often seem to find themselves lost in the sea of emotions that swirls around them.
Though an understated novel, To the Lighthouse proves quite powerful in its understanding of human nature. It does not need to rely on an action-packed plot because the attempts of the characters to understand one another and to find peace is a gripping enough struggle by itself. Readers will find themselves entranced until the very last page.