The Lighthouse

  • by Alison Moore
  • Narrated by Eve Karpf
  • 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on the blustery outer deck of which stands Futh: a middle-aged, recently-separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. After an encounter with an inexplicably hostile barman at a family-run hotel in Hellhaus, Futh sets out on his week-long circular walk along the Rhine. As he travels, he contemplates his childhood, a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour, his parents’ broken marriage and his own. But the story he keeps coming back to, the one that affects all others, is his mother abandoning him as a boy. Recalling his first trip to Germany with his newly single father, Futh is mindful of something he neglected to do there; an omission which threatens to have devastating repercussions for him this time around.
At the end of the week, sunburnt and blistered, Futh comes to the end of his pilgrimage, returning to what he sees as the sanctuary of the Hellhaus hotel; however, he is blissfully unaware of the events which have been unfolding there in his absence.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

deceptively simple story that analyses a man

A man on a short holiday after a marital separation contemplates his ordinary life.
It is never dull. The author holds the reader's attention with sharp observations of the life of this mild man and his interactions and the interactions of others close to him , so well described that one is compelled to read on to discover more .
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- Sukemin

Quirky Novella

This short novel (novella?) was nominated for the Booker Prize. It is well written, but it's a curious thing. It tells the story of Futh, a recently separated Brit who takes a walk along the Rhine as a "holiday" to get his life together. It was enjoyable for sure, but it felt like it could have been much richer -- we got very little about the actual experience of his walking other than his sore feet and getting lost (with no sense of how the setting influenced his experience). In the plot, Futh sets out on a journey but the real focus is on his childhood past as we find out more about his non-self background. I think the story leaves us unsure whether he ever really did acquire a sense of a self, whether all of the reflection on his mother and his past was a worthwhile exercise or an empty one. I think it had great potential but fell short.
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- RI in Canada

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios