The Lighthouse

Paperback | October 9, 2012

byAlison Moore

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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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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 do...

Alison Moore was born in Manchester in 1971. Her stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies including Best British Short Stories 2011 . She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize, and for the Scott Prize for her first collection. She won first prize in the novella categ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.3 × 5.3 × 0.52 inPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143187848

ISBN - 13:9780143187844

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing, wonderful novel What an amazing story! This story has stayed with me for a very long time. It is slow to start, but picks up speed as it goes along. Be prepared to be set on edge....
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Melancholy and Real Futh...a melancholy man. A middle-aged man with regrets. A man with huge disappointments. A man who was abandoned by his mother when he was a young boy. So he goes on a walk. On a trip from England to Germany, a walk along the Rhine. Where it seems more disappointment comes his way as his journey is spent in self revelation and memories. He can't get over the emotions he feels of his mother walking out on him and his father, never to return. His thoughts and memories always seem to lead back to her. I liked this book. I identified with the melancholy regrets that can haunt you, if you let them, when you reach a certain age. Reading this book makes you introspective. It makes you question the simple disappointments that we humans go through . I liked the writing...it felt natural. Thoughts written down, slow thoughts....A progression of Futh's journey through life. “ His father took him to the ferry’s cinema. Futh does not remember what they saw. When they sat down, the lights were still up and there was no one else in there. He remembers having a bucket of warm popcorn on his lap. His father, smelling of the lager he had drunk beforehand at the bar, turned to Futh to say, ‘Your mother sold popcorn.’ She had been gone for almost a year by then, by the time Futh and his father took this holiday together. Mostly, she was not mentioned, and Futh longed for his father or anybody to say, ‘Your mother . . .’ so that his heart would lift. But then, when she was spoken about, she would be spoiled in some way and he would wish that nothing had been said after all. ‘In those days,’ his father said, ‘the usherettes wore high heels as part of the uniform.’ Futh, shifting in his seat and burying his hand in his popcorn, hoped that the film or at least the trailers, even adverts, would start soon. Some people came in and sat down nearby, but his father went on just the same. ‘I was there on a date. The girl I was with didn’t want anything but I did. I went down the aisle to the front where your mother stood with her tray all lit up by the bulb inside. She sold me a bag of popcorn and agreed to meet me the following night.’ The lights went down and Futh, tensed in the dark auditorium, hoped that that would be it, that the story would end there.”
Date published: 2013-02-10

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“A haunting and accomplished novel.” - The Independent on Sunday (UK)“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.” - The Telegraph (UK)“Though sparely told, the novel’s simple-seeming narrative has the density of far longer work. People and places are intricately evoked with a forensic feel for mood.” - The Daily Mail (UK)“Moore’s writing has a superb sense of the weight of memory.” - The Times (UK)“The Lighthouse is a spare, slim novel that explores grief and loss, the patterns in the way we are hurt and hurt others, and the childlike helplessness we feel as we suffer rejection and abandonment. It explores the central question about leaving and being left: even when it feels inevitable, why does it hurt so much, and why is this particular kind of numbness so repellent to others? The brutal ending continues to shock after several re-readings. ” - The Guardian (UK)“The Lighthouse looks simple but isn't, refusing to unscramble what seems a bleak moral about the hazards of reproduction, in the widest sense. Small wonder that it stood up to the crash-testing of a prize jury's reading and rereading. One of the year's 12 best novels? I can believe it.” - The Observer (UK)"[The Lighthouse] deserves to be read, and reread. No laughs, no levity, just a beautiful, sad, overripe tale that lingers in the mind.” - Financial Times (UK)"What must have gone some way to earning The Lighthouse a place on the longlist, though, is the admirable simplicity of Moore’s prose. Like Futh, its without flourishes, yet beneath its outward straightforwardness lies a hauntingly complex exploration of the recurring patterns that life inevitably follows, often as a consequence of one’s past.” - The Sunday Times (UK)