The Lighthouse by Alison Moore

72%

11 Critic Reviews

Moore's straightforward prose sharpens the painful comedy of what seems a ceaseless sequence of humiliations.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 Shortlisted for New Writer of the Year in the 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards 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.
 

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Alison Moore teaches fiction writing in the University of Arizona's Creative Writing Program. She is also the publications director for ArtsReach, a non-profit agency that teaches creative writing to Native American children. Moore has written the novel Synonym for Love and several short fiction pieces that have been included in her collection, Small Spaces Between Emergencies. Her writing has also appeared in Ms. Story, Southwest Stories and The North American Review. Moore is the recipient of a 1993 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and was awarded the Martindale Literary Prize in Arizona.
 
Published August 15, 2012 by Salt Publishing. 196 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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All: 11 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Above average
on Aug 26 2012

Moore's straightforward prose sharpens the painful comedy of what seems a ceaseless sequence of humiliations.

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Guardian

Above average
on Aug 24 2012

The Lighthouse is a spare, slim novel that explores grief and loss, the patterns in the way we are hurt and hurt others...The brutal ending continues to shock after several re-readings.

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The Telegraph

Good
on Aug 07 2012

It is this accumulation of the quotidian, in prose as tight as Magnus Mills’s, which lends Moore’s book its standout nature, and brings the novel to its ambiguous, thrilling end.

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The Bookbag

Good
on Sep 06 2012

You're pulled into this beautifully constructed story and the fact that the characters might repel or annoy you simply does not matter because they are never anything but totally convincing.

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We Love This Book

Above average
on Aug 15 2012

Bleakness is fine, but does lead to realism issues with the characters. Why, for example, does Angela marry Futh in the first place?

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New Zealand Listener

Above average
on Oct 26 2012

The Lighthouse is a novel about shame and shamefulness and the denouement dishes out a lavish punishment. Moore displays abundant flair as a storyteller and I was impressed by her ability to keep turning the screw – in more ways than one.

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New Zealand Listener

Above average
on Oct 12 2012

The Lighthouse is a short novel of only 182 pages, but is – dare I say it – perfectly formed. This is a tense, suspenseful work, the plot ticking like a time bomb.

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For Books' Sake

Good
on Sep 27 2012

However, the novel’s power lies in the quality of Moore’s prose and the strength of her descriptions. The writing is simple and unemotional but conveys a pervasive sense of dread and underlying tension, making the novel a compelling, if brief, read.

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Red Online

Above average
on Sep 06 2012

This is a muted narrative, like watching a silent film in slow motion. The fact that it is also compelling and gripping is all credit to Moore’s brilliant craftmanship. A haunting, lingering read.

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Her Circle Magazine

Good
on Nov 01 2012

The real magic of this novel is its ability to create both the past and the present, both of which appear to run alongside each other, informing each character as the story runs its course, but never feeling like a gimmick.

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The Blurb

Above average

On reflection then this is a novel that intrigued at the outset and has plenty going for it but which slowly wore me down with its claustrophobic imagery and connections.

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Terri McGinty 23 May 2013

Rated the book as 2 out of 5