All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf

All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf

A wise, lyrical memoir about the power of literature to help us read our own lives--and see clearly the people we love most. Katharine Smyth was a student at Oxford when she first read Virginia Woolf's modernist masterpiece To the Lighthouse in the comfort of an English sitting room, and in the companionable silence she shared with her father. After his death--a calamity th A wise, lyrical memoir about the power of literature to help us read our own lives--and see clearly the people we lov...

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Title:All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf
Author:Katharine Smyth
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf Reviews

  • Beth
    Mar 04, 2019
    "To the Lighthouse" as scripture. Prepare to read the novel along with this memoir/summary. ...
  • Beverly
    Jan 11, 2019
    This wasn't the one normal books I read but it was pretty good. I read it in one setting I recommend that anyone should check it out get out of your comfort zone, Some of the book made me think of my own father so I related well to this. Was well written ...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Apr 01, 2019
    I closed my eyes and tried to sleep. I opened them and asked my seatmate for the time. We were still hours away, and I willed the seconds to pass, even as I had an image then of the death moment as a fracture that had split my life in two, and every minute, every mile, was a measure of...
  • Elizabeth
    Feb 11, 2019
    I had high expectations for this book and that's probably what made me so disappointed. Where I waited for an intelligent memoir on the works of Virginia Woolf and reflections for comfort in reading her, I found a family story where a young woman completely subjugated by her father tel...
  • Julia
    Feb 15, 2019
    This book is about the author?s relationship with her father and her relationship with her favorite book TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf. It is also about grief and the intensity of a parent-child relationship. I should state I have not read To The Lighthouse yet, but I want to ...
  • Lyndsey Jenkins
    Feb 23, 2019
    So beautiful ...
  • Ellie
    Feb 23, 2019
    This book is a memoir both of the author's experience of her father's death and her reading of Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. Smyth is a skillful writer and her accounting of her father's illness and death brought me to tears, large due to its power in reminding me of my own mothe...
  • Karen
    Jan 20, 2019
    https://wordpress.com/post/booksnooks... Beautiful. This book is a breathtaking tribute to life, love, and literature. Since the age of twenty, Katharine Smyth has been enamored with the book To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. In All the Lives We Ever Lived, she blurs the line bet...
  • Patricia
    Feb 21, 2019
    It?s a very well written and personal meditation on grief though the lens of Virginia Woolf?s To the Lighthouse. A detailed knowledge of that book would add value to the reading experience. ...
  • Devin
    Feb 13, 2019
    All the Lives We Ever Lived is a part memoir and a part record of research about the author?s readings of her favorite book To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. Katharine Smyth wrote of growing up as an only child along with the cancer and eventual death of her father while compari...
  • Cameron
    Apr 07, 2019
    Good concept and strong writing. In the end, the braiding of the Woolf material with the memoir was not as seamless as I had hoped. Still good though! Especially for Woolf fans. ...
  • Mollie
    Apr 22, 2019
    Oh my goodness. I picked this book up because i was caught with nothing to occupy my time at a Library volunteer function. I was hooked after three pages. Perhaps it hit me a little harder because my father passed in October. The author was a student at Oxford when she first read Virgi...
  • Ann Cooper
    Mar 18, 2019
    I might have got more from this book if I knew the writing of Virginia Woolf better. The two plots, Virginia Woolf dealing with life and death, and the author dealing with life and death, were intricately entwined. The author seemed to revel and delve in introspection, and I wondered i...
  • Amy Johns
    Apr 22, 2019
    Love the analysis of Woolf. The end of the book suffered from what the author herself pointed out as the simple inability to come to a ?truth? about the reality/process of mourning. But rather than acknowledge and stop, there seemed to be a stubborn determination to persist. I feel...
  • Dave
    Apr 13, 2019
    Interesting book. The author makes detailed comparisons between her personal family, the real family of Virginia Woolf and the Ramsay family who is featured in Woolf's novel "To the Lighthouse". Smyth finds multiple parallels between the lives of the various family members and ext...
  • Shelby Lynne
    Apr 19, 2019
    Still astounded this debuted the month after I decided to read To the Lighthouse. What a lovely coincidence. And to find someone else who loves Virginia Woolf -- !! -- the luxury. ...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 25, 2019
    I really liked that this book was about the author's family relationships, death of her father and Virginia Woolf's writing. My father died recently and surprisingly I have found myself reading Woolf's books and short stories. I felt relieved at times when the author mentioned some of ...
  • Michelle
    Mar 14, 2019
    ?All The Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf? (2019) is written by Katharine Smyth, and is an articulate exploration of literary criticism combined with a deeply personal memoir and tribute to the life and death of her beloved father who passed away from cancer an...
  • Rachael Rennard
    Feb 28, 2019
    Thank you to @crownpublishing for a free copy of this book! ? ?Is not the sight of ourselves laid bare on the page-endlessly complex, and yet not singular at all-one of reading?s humblest, most delightful rewards?? ? It was the perfect time for me to pick up All the Lives...
  • Enchanted Prose
    Mar 06, 2019
    An elegant memoir of the unbreakable bond between a daughter and her father using literary scholarship (Rhode Island, Boston, also England, Australia; roughly 1980s to present-day): There are many ways to describe this heartbreaker of a memoir about an only child who loses her beloved ...
  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    Jan 27, 2019
    The death of her father has left Katharine pondering about her life and the people playing major roles in it. Amongst them is not only her family but also Virginia Woolf whose works deeply impressed her when she was a student at Oxford. The parallels between ?To the Lighthouse? and...
  • `Cristina
    Feb 13, 2019
    I was attracted by the synopsis, and I started reading the book. One definite pro: it made me want to read again To the lighthouse.. Initially I really liked the story, a comparison of sorts between the memories of Virginia Woolf, and those of Katharine's and the summer she spent in h...
  • Jackie
    Jan 05, 2019
    I won this book as a giveaway. It?s an alright read. It?s a memoir where the author compares her life to Virginia Woolf life as well as her Lighthouse novel. The author clearly shows comparisons and the book is a nice and easy read. I can see someone loving this book while others m...
  • Donna Hines
    Sep 14, 2018
    A powerful, emotional, moving memoir by Katharine Smyth. All The Lives We Ever Lived takes place in an English Class where Katharine Smyth first came across To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolfs. After her father's death she returned to seek solice and comfort in that novel. Readers ...
  • saranimals
    Dec 14, 2018
    How does one even go about rating and reviewing the memoirs of another? Something I had never previously had occasion to ask myself. What I will say is that I appreciate the author making To the Lighthouse and Virginia Woolf accessible. I had tried to read Lighthouse previously, beca...
  • Rebekah
    Mar 01, 2019
    I have said it many times, and I will say it again: everyone has a story to tell. And I dove whole-heartedly into Katharine Smyth's story of her father--but that's the only layer of her memoir that I enjoyed and/or connected with. Yes, everyone grieves differently, everyone finds di...
  • Kerry (lines i underline)
    Nov 11, 2018
    All the Lives We Ever Lived is an evocative portrait of the deep bond between the author and her dynamic, difficult father. It is an exploration of her overwhelming grief at his death. In her struggle to communicate the complexity of that experience, Smyth turns to Virginia Woolf, to t...
  • Kim
    Feb 05, 2019
    An exceptional read. ...
  • Zina
    Feb 05, 2019
    "Perhaps there is one book for every life." Perhaps this will be the most important book I could have read this year. I learned of my mother's terminal cancer in August of last year and it's been muddled thoughts that swim in frazzle ever since. However, I feel as if I'm just a litt...
  • Caleb
    Apr 10, 2019
    "All the Lives We Ever Lived..." by Katharine Smyth is an innovative approach to biography writing in its blending to the author's literary analysis of her favorite book "To the Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf. The central subject of the book, the loss of her father, is greatly enhanced ...