The LighthousePaperback - 2012
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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The trick of a good irony (a mythos characterized by failure and stasis) is to drag the reader in a circle without them realizing the goal is neither "home" nor "success." Alison Moore manages to do this in spades in The Lighthouse. As middle-aged Futh bumbles through a German walking tour, the reader is apprised of how ill-prepared he is to navigate anything at all, how oblivious he has been to all the lighthouses of his past. At the same time the wayward Ester is on her own journey, caged in a hopeless marriage and doomed to the thankless job of cleaning the rooms of holiday trekkers. When their paths come close to crossing the result is both a whimper and a bang. The steady, piercing drip of Moore's sparse prose is absolutely perfect for this story—and make no mistake; this may not be a happy or heart-warming or inspiring story, but it is a story, a story of momentous proportions, a story that should stay with its readers long after the brief time it takes to read it. Brava, Alison Moore!
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