The Lighthouse : Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012
by Alison Moore
Editor: Salt Publishing
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Selected for the Man Booker Prize 2012The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, whose outer storm bridge stands Futh, of middle age, recently separated from the man at the head to Germany for a good holiday walkSpent his first night in Hellhaus in a small family-run hotel, he finds the hospital owner but is troubled by a meeting with an inexplicably hostile bartenderIn the morning, Futh puts the episode behind him and sets out on a week-long circular walk along the Rhine.As he moves, he contemplates his childhood; a friendship complex with the son of a lonely neighbor; his parents divorce and his ownBut the story he keeps coming back, the person and events that affect everyone else, his mother and his abandonment of him as a boy, who left him a void to fill, a replacement to findHe remembers his first trip to Germany with his new single fatherHe is aware of something he neglected to do there, an omission that could have devastating repercussions for him, this timeAt the end of the week, Futh, sunburned and bloated, arrives at the end of his circular walk, returning to what he sees as the sanctuary of the Hellhaus hotel, not aware of the events that took place there in his absence
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