The review below is of The Lighthouse by Alison Moore – one of the novels long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. It is published by small independent Salt Publishing. I reviewed it on Goodreads on 2nd August.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a tale Alison Moore has woven. The Lighthouse is written economically, but no less beautifully for it.
Futh is an almost entirely unsympathetic character, and yet I felt for him in this world he didn’t quite fit into or understand. He has a real affinity for smells; the memories they create for him provide a link to a world which doesn’t have a place for him.
The Lighthouse, and the journey Futh undertakes, is bleakly pessimistic – and yet I loved it. Moore has such a way with words.