The Lighthouse: Booksellers discussion - The Listener
Alison Moore's novel “The Lighthouse” follows a lonely British hiker on an hotel in Hellhaus where Futh will begin and end his circular journey. The journey frames Futh's reflections on his childhood and marriage, told in. Buy The Lighthouse by Alison Moore at guiadeayuntamientos.info or guiadeayuntamientos.info Category: It begins and will end at Hellhaus, a guesthouse run by Bernard and his wife Ester. He gets on well She's casual - about relationships and belongings. So begins Alison Moore's Booker shortlisted novel, a triumph for small He may be on the run from his own crumbled marriage but this trip is as . that built up and up throughout the book as the ending got nearer and nearer.
Her husband is thuggish - but none of this matters. 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.
It's a short book - but beware. You will read it again before long and that second reading will tell you a great deal more. You will realise the extent to which Moore trusted you on the initial reading to grasp the outline of the story.
Now your imagination will fill in the subtle shading. It's a superb book and I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag. I hope it progresses but in the meantime you might enjoy another long listed book which is similarly short and demands a second reading - Swimming Home by Deborah Levy. I really liked it when Ester put their lighthouses side by side on the dresser. It tied the narratives up well. And I loved when he tried to catch the bus.
Well, the scene that made me laugh was when he tries to talk to the girl in the bar and he has the lighthouse in his pocket, which he is rubbing and she sees it and freaks out.
How did you all respond to the symbolism, was it just right, or too perfect? The symbolism was heavy handed: Moths, sexual Venus flytraps, the phallic lighthouse. I think the use of the lighthouse was well overused. I got the point that he liked to hold it, and it reminded him of his mother.
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I enjoyed and was surprised by how the lighthouse object was given more freight with each passing scene. For instance, I did not expect Ester to have her own relationship with the lighthouse perfume bottle. I thought she was just a bored thief at first That was great - and such a disappointing story, as it showed how awful Bernard was.
I think the symbolism was a little much, but the lighthouse at least was not too overbearing. One of the things I was most interested in was the sense of smell. Futh was an industrial chemist who concocts artificial smells yet I think all he really wanted was the authentic experience. Something both Futh and Ester themselves are in need of, perhaps? What an interesting job. I wish it was discussed a little more, but I guess he didn't have many people to chat to about it.
I thought so, too - an interesting job that seemed at odds with the less than intriguing for the most part Futh. It is a very visceral novel, with lots of scents and smells to be had Does anyone know what camphor smells like? I don't think I have smelt it. I like how Moore uses smell as a device. The smell of oranges, coffee, violets and camphor and cooking apples all signify certain narratives and tie it all in together. Both Ester and his mother had oranges and coffee Yes, true, the oranges were used to tie the wife and his mother together.
One of my favourite or I guess most illustrative scenes is when Futh closes his eyes and consciously notes all the smells around him, the smell of the outdoors so that he will be able to return to it later in his mind. He refers to it as an oasis.
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Everything had a musty feel to it. There were an awful lot of oranges in there, weren't there? I thought, if we're talking about heavy handedness, there was a bit much put upon the whole Angela-Angela connection, but that being said it could obviously be Futh superimposing thoughts of his mother, who is so long gone, on his wife.
I did think it got a bit too neat at the end. That was a little bit The Young and the Restless, really. I would have done it, too. Yeah, Futh just wanted someone to make him a little bedtime snack. I think Futh was constantly painted as pathetic. In that sense he seemed ripe for abuse. It was all a bit Little Britain at times. What about when Ester put the meat in that poor traveller's mouth?
Yuck, that was gross. I imagined her long fingernails painted shimmery mauve and brown, leathery hands. You know, some blogger I read said he thought The Lighthouse was hilarious and asked if it was a comedy? Definitely, this pale British character is very familiar.
I think it is hard to pin down genre-wise - thank goodness for the catchall "Literature" section - but until the very end it could have read as a comedy almost, albeit a depressing one. The end was almost absurdist. It was a pretty deft turn of events to get Futh back into the closet.
Yeah, it definitely has comic flourishes. That's why it sort of reminds me of Houellebecq. Quietly sinister but hilarious at times, too. I half wondered if it was Bernard or Ester walking towards him with the smell of camphor I liked that - as it showed her love for Bernard still.
I love how he was somehow still holding the knickers when he was hiding in the bathroom. So bloody Frank Spencer! Also - can everyone tell me - was the guy pulverised by Bernard on the bed another man or Futh? I was speed reading by that point; I became obsessed with knowing the end. I think another guy. Wow, I thought it was Bernard. Unless Ester's Venus flytrap made a mess of him Anyone here own a Venus flytrap? We are all women, after all No, but it brings back great memories of The Little Shop of Horrors.
What does this book say about men and women? It's just about people not relating to each other, isn't it? I think as mentioned a couple of days ago it certainly paints women more sexual to a far greater extent than men. She was a piece of work. Gloria was hilarious and tragic at the same time.
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Yeah, imagine having Gloria for a mum! It would be hard work.Beyoncé - Love On Top (Video Edit)
What did you all think of the book's alternating chapters and structure? I'm always a fan of varying viewpoints, although it seems a little disconcerting in a book that's already so short.
But it does mean that Moore manages to cram a lot of thoughts and memories into ish pages. One thing I will say about Futh - much was made of how he was too "introspective and insufficiently aware".
I think it was just he wasn't self-aware or aware of how he relates to others. He was actually very acutely aware and intensely perceptive - you know he would pick up visual clues all the time - his mother's "going away dress". He understood things and picked up on things most other people would miss.
I think that's dead on - he wasn't in his own little world, he's just not properly engaged in the real world. One thing that really got my goat was how he expected meals. Like when he was imagining going to see Carl and his mother and was trying to catch the bus.
Yeah, that annoyed me too! And when he tried to forage for himself he ended up gashing his hand on blackberry thorns. That was so sad when he threw the brick - that was when I felt the most sorry for Futh.
Yeah, I felt for him then, too. Kenny conveniently checking his fly as he gets outside the house. 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: 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.
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.