Futh, middle-aged and newly separated, is on his way to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. When he finds himself treated with hostility by the hotel landlord, he does not understand why. Nor does he anticipate that things he hasn't done will have such devastating repercus... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Psychological fiction, Loneliness, Germany, Middle-aged men, Separated people
||General & Literary Fiction
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The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle-aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. Spending his first night in Hellhaus at a small, family-run hotel, he finds the landlady hospitable but is troubled by an encounter with an inexplicably hostile barman. In the morning, Futh puts the episode behind him and 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 person and the event affecting all others, is his mother and her abandonment of him as a boy, which left him with a void to fill, a substitute to find. He recalls his first trip to Germany with his newly single father. He 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, Futh, sunburnt and blistered, comes to the end of his circular walk, returning to what he sees as the sanctuary of the Hellhaus hotel, unaware of the events which have been unfolding there in his absence.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Winner of McKitterick Prize 2013 (UK)
Short-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2012 (UK)
Short-listed for The National Book Awards 2012 (UK)
Short-listed for East Midlands Book Awards 2013 (UK)
||A haunting and accomplished novel. -- Katy Guest The Independent on Sunday It is this accumulation of the quotidian, in prose as tights as Magnus Mills's, which lends Moore's book its standout nature, and brings the novel to its ambiguous, thrilling end. -- Philip Womack The Telegraph
||Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
Alison Moore's first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and the National Book Awards 2012 (New Writer of the Year), winning the McKitterick Prize 2013. Her shorter fiction has been published in Best British Short Stories anthologies and in her debut collection The Pre-War House and Other Stories, whose title story won a novella prize. Born in Manchester in 1971, she lives near Nottingham with her husband Dan and son Arthur.