Seaside Classic: ‘Best Beach Read of All Time’
“The best beach read of all time is To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s luminous 1927 novel that is about–aptly–a seaside vacation, although admittedly that’s a bit like saying Moby Dick is about a fishing trip. . . . Once a novel is classified as ‘literature,’ something awful seems to happen; people start revering it and stop reading it. The book is placed on a high shelf, maybe even tucked inside a glass-fronted cabinet, and there it sits–admired to death, in effect. If Woolf still had a say in the matter, I think she’d much prefer glimpsing a copy of To the Lighthouse with a smear of suntan lotion on its crinkled cover or with a bug crushed between pages 101 and 102.”–Julia Keller in the Chicago Tribune.