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The Window” opens just before the start of World War I. Mr. Ramsay and Mrs. Ramsay bring their eight children to their summer home in the Hebrides (a group of islands west of Scotland). Across the bay from their house stands a large lighthouse. Six-year-old James Ramsay wants desperately to go to the lighthouse, and Mrs. Ramsay tells him that they will go the next day if the weather permits. James reacts gleefully, but Mr. Ramsay tells him coldly that the weather looks to be foul. James resents his father and believes that he enjoys being cruel to James and his siblings. Amy recently lost her mother and she is reeling from the grief. Her father, a member of the state police, decides to take Amy with him on an assignment about a missing person to the quaint town if Seabrook. Amy’s right in the middle of a mystery, and she somehow finds herself entering the forsaken and crumbling lighthouse. What does Amy find inside? How does it change her life and Ryan’s? What does this mean to the Seabrook and its people who are already obsessed with the lighthouse? This is the first Michael O'Brien novel I've read/listened to (narrated on Audible by Kevin O'Brien [no relation to the author], who did an excellent job). It comes across as a simple story of a quiet, unassuming lighthouse keeper stationed on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia. The keeper, Ethan McQuarry, enjoys the solitude and responsibilities, and has respect and admiration for the power of the ocean and its denizens. Through various visitations and interactions, he learns to trust other people, and is marveled at some of these secondary characters' motivations and acts of unwarranted kindness. Fig. 1 - The central tension between Mr. Ramsay and his children is presented when he tells his son James that they can't go see the lighthouse

Something strange is happening in Seabrook. The town's lighthouse–dormant for over thirty years and famously haunted–has inexplicably started shining, and its mysterious glow is sparking feverish gossip throughout the spooked community. I really understand Olive's feelings when she's on the train and Esther takes Cliff's BEANO. I think she is a kind, considerate person who adores her brother Cliff. My favourite character is Esther because she stands up to the most fierce, and even if she was a bully, that's changed now! I think she is now Olive's best friend and is willing to fight for those who can't. She has made a huge difference to herself since the beginning of the story. She shows why people bully and why they stop, my answer is, they need love and for them to be kind. Esther's story shows no matter what you look like, it's what's on the inside that counts. The setting of the story was described quite nicely, and reading this book felt like a very vivid journey into Seabrook, and I was left feeling truly immersed in the atmosphere of the world. I could vividly imagine the town square, the hotel, the ranch, the beach and the lighthouse, and it was a very cozy atmosphere. When I think of Seabrook, I get a pleasant and nostalgic feeling, and it is a town I would like to re-explore one day. The midsection of the book is devoted to fantasy/magic realism of sorts with a new theory thrown in. I have read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll which I have thoroughly enjoyed. The characters and the setting was descriptive with selective vocabulary suitable for the themes. The story was set in February 1941 at the beginning of the second World War in London and Devon, two very different cities. The characters include a mature girl named Olive, her older sister Sukie who has a strange pen pal, her younger brother Cliff and her widowed mother. There is a good variety of characters in the story as their culture, personality and behaviour.nothing stays; all changes; but not words, not paint... One might say, even of this scrawl, not of that actual picture, perhaps, but of what it attempted, that it 'remained for ever'..."(pg. 125). P.S: No idea why this one is categorized as an adult book. It is typical YA and has no cuss words or explicit romance.

In “The Lighthouse," Mr. Ramsay finally takes James and his sister to the lighthouse, although by now, they dislike their father and are reluctant to go with him.


If I had to describe the book in one sentence it would be: Two souls battered by life find solace in each other's arms. In this day where everything has been done and is being redone, comes this book. Possibly the most original book written in the last 25 years. The book caused my jaw to drop. To be overwhelmed by a story written by an author is a rare thing. When everything makes sense, the simple fact is this is one of the best books ever written. The Lighthouse is the 13th mystery novel by P.D. James to feature her detective Adam Dalgliesh. The penultimate one in the series, it was published in 2005. Ethan McQuarry is a young lighthouse keeper on a tiny island, the rugged outcropping of easternmost Cape Breton Island on the Atlantic Ocean. A man without any family, he sees himself as a silent vigilant, performing his duties courageously year after year, with an admirable sense of responsibility. He cherishes his solitude and is grateful that his interactions with human beings are rare. Even so, he is haunted by his aloneness in the world and by a feeling that his life is meaningless. His courage, his integrity, his love of the sea and wildlife, of practical skills and of learning are, in the end, not enough. He is faced with internal storms and sometimes literal storms of terrifying power. From time to time he becomes aware that messengers are sent to him from what he calls the awakeness in existence, the listeningness. But he cannot at first recognize them as messengers nor understand what they might be telling him, until he finds himself caught up in catastrophic events, and begins to see the mysterious undercurrents of reality--and the hidden face of love. They that go down to the sea in ships, trading upon the waters, they see the works of the Lord and his wonders in the deep. I found this book full of emotions. I laughed, cried and felt anxious much of the time. My favourite character is Olive because she is adventurous and good at breaking codes. I also found the book very realistic because it is set in World War II and this book has made me hungry for more information. If you love visiting lighthouses, then you need this book! Sarah has listed every lighthouse in the UK, including all the minor lights.

I really liked this book because it was full of mysteries. But the only thing I didn't like about it was that when all the exciting bits ended there wasn't much happening for 3 or 4 paragraphs. My favourite character was Sukie because she really wants to help with this plan to save people, who live in other countries where the war is really bad. The other characters who are in the book are: Olive, Cliff, Ephraim, Pixie (the dog),Mum and Gloria. I thought the book showed the history of the war very well but I think it is more suitable for older children because as we know the war was a difficult time and a lot of people died. This showed me what it was like in the war. My favourite part was when they found a suitcase from one of the people that her sister was trying to save. The book was quite grabbing for me and I would definitely recommend this book to other people who like history like me. Seabrook comes alive in this book, although set in the modern day, it captured the simplicity of life years ago. One of the main attractions in Seabrook is a lighthouse that has been broken for years, explained away through tales of hauntings of local spirits. During the first night of their stay, the lighthouse magically lights up after years of dormancy. It's a miracle!James has written, “The classical detective story is rather like the modern morality play. It can provide catharsis, a means by which both writer and reader exorcise irrational feelings of anxiety or guilt. The basic moral premise, the sanctity of life, is also an attraction as is the solution of the plot at the end of the book. The classical detective story affirms our belief that we live in a rational and generally benevolent universe.” In what ways do you see James as a writer of “the classical detective story,” and in what ways does she not fit this model? Is James a believer in “a generally benevolent universe,” or is her vision of society a darker one? About this Author They travelled to Seabrook, only to spend one night, but circumstances changed. The morning after they arrived, Amy's father disappeared. Amy met Ryan who lived on a nearby ranch. After spending some time together, they end up trying the discover the secret of the mysterious lighthouse. Critics weren't necessarily kind, either. Novelist Arnold Bennett wrote that To the Lighthouse was “the best book of hers that I know” before critiquing both the plot (“A group of people plan to sail in a small boat to a lighthouse. At the end some of them reach the lighthouse in a small boat. That is the externality of the plot”) and her writing (“the form of her sentences is rather tryingly monotonous, and the distance between her nominatives and verbs is steadily increasing”). The New York Evening Post, meanwhile, wrote in their review of the novel that ​​“Her work is poetry; it must be judged as poetry, and all the weaknesses of poetry are inherent in it.” Fig. 3 - Mrs. Ramsay finds life beautiful in even the most frivolous moments, such as a dinner party. Time Passes READERS GUIDE“One of the most compelling books of her remarkable career. . . . A magisterial and subtle exploration of all-too-human emotions.”

This is the way people are, he thought. These are habits of speech, of manners and disposition. These are wounds and tempers. These are frail breakwaters that guard the harbor of the soul. And I too, he reminded himself, am shaped by what life does to us.” Amy is struggling to deal with the death of her mother. Her father, a police detective, is clueless about finding a way to connect with his daughter. The distance between them is growing farther, and there’s no one to fill it. In addition to the fearful aspects of her murder plot, James brings in another contemporary anxiety when Adam Dalgliesh contracts a life-threatening case of SARS from Dr. Speidel. Discuss how this detail, along with others, allows the story—a fiction set on a remote island—to remind us of the dangers of life in the real world. The town is alive with curiosity, bringing everyone out to see it. Amy meets Ryan, a local owner of a horse farm, and an immediate connection forms.

Like all of the male characters in the novel, Lily struggles with her legacy. She wants to be remembered as an artist, and wants her art to mean something. Lily's greatest fear is that her art will be stashed away in someone's house: in their attic or under their couch, long since forgotten. She becomes so obsessed with her legacy that she struggles to complete a portrait of Mrs. Ramsay, and Mrs. Ramsay dies before the artwork is anywhere close to being finished. A very imaginative debut novel. Ryan's story was heartbreaking and my heart went out to him. I liked all of the characters in the book, which is unusual - there is usually at least one rotten character in most books. I liked that there was no violence in this story. I think it should be classified more as a YA book though.

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