[ Free eBook ] The LighthouseAuthor Alison Moore – Moncler2018.co

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 The Lighthouse, Alison Moore S First Novel, Tells The Tense, Gripping Story Of A Man Trying To Find Himself, But Becoming Lost

10 thoughts on “The Lighthouse

  1. says:

    This is a story about emptiness it is a story about how people long for what they do not have, and look for it everywhere and in everyone it s a story about empty people and empty lives And in this Moore provides an excellent case study in the characterisation of Futh, a man who embodies an extreme sense of loneliness It s also about futility and the fruitless nature of such longing Instead of living in the now and making the most of what we do have the human mind always seeks such impossibilities This creates a stream of consciousness like feel to some parts of the book Futh may pick up an item or smell a certain smell and he is drawn back in time, ultimately, relaying his memories and demonstrating how they constantly reassert themselves in his present state He is unable to move on and escape from the past so he can get on with his life He has gone on holiday to get over his break up with his wife, but instead spends the entire trip reminiscing about times gone by Moore chronicles the life of this sad character, a man rejected by his farther and abandoned by his mother who still seeks some sense of parental love long into his forties He never got over these early problems in his developmental stages thus, they are carried through to adulthood At times it felt like Moore based her character, and his psychological issues, on the Freudian stages of psychosexual development Futh has developed a strong sense of oedipal complex he looks for his mother in other women, and especially his wife She reminds him of his early memories, and he is drawn to the scent that activates his memories It s why she became frustrated with him, which isn t overly surprising In his pocket Futh carries the lighthouse, a miniature perfume bottle holder that is his last physical link to his mother He rubs it in his pocket when he gets nervous He carries it around with him everywhere and seeks comfort in the caressing of it It embodies her, a sense of warmth, safety and direction a mother should give to her son The narrative is interposed with references to this safe haven, this idealised place or person, which Futh is seeking throughout his life He becomes a semi functional being, a man who is deeply socially awkward, incompetent and perhaps even slightly impotent This longing hangs over his life and prevents him from, essentially, enjoying anything and deriving any sense of success of personal achievement And Futh, looking at the lighthouse, wondered how this could happen how there could be this constant warning of danger, the taking of all these precautions, and yet still there was all this wreckage I think this book is an extremely effective exploration into one man s mind If anything, Alison Moore shows how early childhood experiences shape a man and linger on for the rest of his life unless he actively attempts to break the cycle And the ending she leaves us with is utterly open to interpretation, the story echoed on long after I finished reading it I recommend it highly.

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    The Lighthouse is one of those novels which grows on you as you read it and you only realise how good a novel it is a little after you have finished it.It is written from the point of view of 2 characters Both have boring, mundane lives The man,Futh,is someone to whom things happen He is not a person who could ever be described as proactive The woman, Ester,is a sad and disappointed person with an inappropriate libido Futh and Ester virtually never meet or speak to one another but the whole story is about how they are connected.The plot itself, about a man s one week walking holiday in Germany, is fairly irrelevant This novel is all about backstory which is fed to the reader drip by drip until, eventually, one realises what has happened and what, indeed, must happen though the ending is ambiguous.Throughout this novel about memory the senses dominate Smell is perhaps the most frequently used but taste and touch are both important too.The writing transports you to a gentle yet cruel world in which very ordinary people live from day to day.

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    Some books are a rich substantial meal This one hardly qualifies as a snack To push the analogy a bit further a bowl of clear soup that smells unusual and turns up something disconcerting and unidentifiable Transparent, but still off putting.Surely no one in their right mind would stay at a hotel called Hellhaus I mean, hell house Bit Stephen King isn t it And then this guy on a walking holiday and so you call him Futh, which sounds a lot like foot Hopeless and helpless, he is In his mid forties, and you wonder how he even got this far still wants his mummy, doesn t even know enough to put the sun cream on before you get the burn, or to break new walking boots in gently rather than doing a five hour hike on the first day I m not even sure how he manages to survive the week as he s thin before he starts and doesn t appear to be capable of locating food Search and starve Anyway, as he s getting lost how did we guess that would happen he remembers stuff, which is quite interesting, and macabre, and depressing and a little repetitive at times At the same time he is circling round, inexorably moving towards hell house.Now this all sounds a bit narky doesn t it But I liked it I didn t like any of the characters in it, but I still liked the book I d have liked it an awful lot if it hadn t been sold to me as a novel, which it patently isn t As a short story it would have been great.

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    The twin central narratives of Alison Moore s Booker Prize nominated novel The Lighthouse take place over a week, following Futh and Ester, whose stories cross, diverge and finally converge Futh is always referred to without title, and we never learn his forename He is eminently forgettable after a week Ester cannot picture him at all and the other stranger Futh meets at the start of the book, Carl, after a week finds that he cannot really visualise him or remember his name I myself have in the previous sentence twice mistyped his name Fruth.The novel is steeped in memorial processes and is in a sense about memory, about failing to come to terms with experience, failing to close the loop Much of the book finds us peering back into the past lives are reconstructed from memory, past stories weave through the present The central symbols of the novel recur the lighthouse, smoke, the scents of violets and camphor In this book, smell is you ll forgive the pun essential late on Fruth smells camphor at a critical moment and the experience is like being wrenched soul first through time the familiar physicality of the Proustian memoire involontaire, at once real and diffuse Perfume is a presence and an absence at the same time it can not be seen but is apprehended, and its presence allows us to experience the trace of an absence it is in effect the presence of absence This is why it is so resonant in this poetical and elegaic novel Ester smells her estranged husband beside her in the bed, and strengthens it with camphor elsewhere, camphor is an essence of Futh s mother..the dark interior of her wardrobe, the smell of leather and secret cigratte smoke and camphor from the mothballs she used in the summer, is what he would have liked to bottle and label Essence of Mother , but instead he has violets and oranges In this one passage we also find the trace of forbidden cigarette smoke as a child Futh gets caught with a cigarette he didn t even smoke, with the smell held in evidence against him Three of the characters smoke furtively Futh s mother, Ester, and Futh s estranged wife Angela so smoke, itself a liminal substance, attaches to them as an incarnation of the past in the present The smoke of Angela reminds Futh of his mother, and he speculates that to Angela the smoke reminds her of her previous lover.Another scent, violets, is also contained within another symbol, the Lighthouse There are three lighthouses, and two of them are perfume bottles There is Futh s silver lighthouse whose vial of violets has been broken and lost and Ester s smaller cheaper wooden lighthouse whose vial is intact The lighthouse s purpose is therefore for containing scent, but one of them does not contain scent, and if scent is itself an absence, then the absence of a vial of scent from its container then makes for a double absence.Another symbol oranges is less fathomable twinned with violets in the perfume, another of Futh s associations of his mother, and without Ester s knowing this, it is nonetheless very pointed that Ester is eating an orange at the moment at which she is most truculent to the stranger Futh, who is a guest at her hotel For a week Futh stays each day in a different hotel, on a walking tour between them through Germany, returning to Ester s husband s hotel, the Hellhaus which means of course Light House auf Deutsch but has other obvious resonances in English, which are not inappropriate the hotel is dysfunctional Ester sleeps with the guests in other guest s rooms, under the eye of her frustratedly jealous husband, who had originally married her to get an obscure revenge on his estranged brother whom he never really liked She has a collection of venus flytraps she feeds with dead flies, which occasionally themselves die Male and female emotional dysfunction are discreetly catalogued The central symbol of the lighthouse is looked at through different prisms It is the aforementioned perfume container, and it is also a real lighthouse, from the past which Futh s father holds forth on in a detailed factual and banal way to him it is technology, but to Futh it is a symbol It has become conflated in his imagination with loss, and so it is ironic that his father would have a quite different apprehension Another scent, coffee, we find experienced by Futh twice in a few pages the first time it is noted that the coffee beans have clearly lost their aroma in processing and had it put back artificially another compound absence and another pun, sorry and with his next cup, what is Futh reminded of but his mother There is nothing in the present that is not tainted with the past.Traces betraying absence this novel is a tissue of recollections, in the air, evanescent, but if it has a central point to make, it might ultimately be that there is a reality, a consequence, to the ephemeral or barely tangible memories cling to us like perfume or cigarette smoke, and they make us act and do things we will nostalgize or regret and, as we find as a reader accelerating through the final pages toward a very real climacteric, these symbols can suddenly find themselves attaining a physical and life changing import and consequence But will we be able to move past them into the future

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    This is not a novel It is a joke I don t feel though that the long shaggy build up equals the punch line view spoiler I know, a groanworthy spoiler, truly hide spoiler

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    I m not sure what the opposite of sublime literature is called, but the British own it Ever since reading the novels of Barbara Pym in the late 70s, I ve marveled at this national genre of misery drab constricted lives of careful economies and invincible repression Sad food seems to be the abiding metaphor In Pym I recall characters fixing small meals out of tins Early in Alison Moore s crafted short novel we find the hapless Futh being served a meal by the equally wretched Ester Ester goes to the kitchen to fetch the plate of cold cuts which was prepared for him at lunchtime and has been kept under clingfilm in the fridge since then She puts the plate of cold meats down on the bedside table and peels off the cling film It looks a little dry, but that is his own fault.In fact the Kafkaesque impossibility of The Unfortunate Futh getting a square meal is one of the novel s comic leitmotifs He is the very icon of abject desolation, sun burned, hobbled, starving his hair is thin and his crotch is stained by drips from a beef and onion pasty He is deserted first by his mother, then by his wife who keeps telling him I am not your mother His idea of a pet is a terrarium of stick insects He loses them too His opposite image is Ester, betraying and beaten in return by her camphor scented husband She feeds flies to carnivorous plants and hoards perfume bottles and romance novels No one in this novel is happy ever Naturally this is exactly the kind of book that gets shortlisted for the Man Booker I won t deny that I relished its understated agonies Moore knows how to weave a pattern, even if its echoes and assonances are a bit pronounced Everyone gets what s coming One of its peripheral characters asks Do you ever get a bad feeling about something In The Lighthouse there isn t any other kind.

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    I was so looking forward to this So disappointed Is there a genre for books where nothing happens and you just don t care about any of the characters What is it called If I knew, I could make sure to avoid books like this in future because they are an utter waste of my time to read I d really like to know what a writer s motivation is to write something like this Moore seems to take no pleasure in words, nor her characters, nor in plot This results in an overwhelming sense of detachment, which the reader cannot climb over or through, and which can only leave you feeling depressed Really it just raises questions for me about the nature of writing, the nature of reading and what it s all about I m convinced there should be something in this writing reading experience about connecting connecting with a character, connecting with words, or connecting with the writer I don t mind being challenged or having to work for this connection But I feel disrespected when the writer has no regard for this connection at all, because it follows that the writer has no respect for their reader s I wanted to think about Futh, and his nothing name A name that sounds like a short exhalation, or a fart All I can say is that Moore marks him out as being useless, nothing of import, doomed from the start with that moniker Perhaps I wanted to be proved wrong I dared to hope for him But I was embarrassed to have wasted that hope How could a man named Futh come to anything good in life

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    This is one of the most carefully constructed novels I have read in a while The author spent a lot of time planning this book with pre chosen symbolism The major theme in this book is scent in fact, the main character is a chemist who works in synthetic smell scratch and sniff technology The smells are interwoven in the book and link all of the characters intricately and if you follow the weave of the scents you see the greater fabric of the story I think this technique is what impressed me the most By the end all of the characters were represented by scents cigarette smoke, violet, oranges, sun creams, camphor There are also a lot of visual symbol moths, venus fly traps, the lighthouse The human theme, I think, was revenge as it was what drove the actions of all the characters who had an impact She must have had quite the outline prior to starting this book It had to be diagrammed and meticulously plotted there is no organic free form writing to this story.The main character s name completely odd yet forgettable genius choice.Aside from the careful planning, the simple prose and the devastating story line made for an incredible read I recommend this book highly I couldn t stop thinking about it for a long while after I finished it.