All the Lives We Ever Lived by Katharine Smyth

All the Lives We Ever Lived

A wise, lyrical memoir about the power of literature to help us read our own lives--and see clearly the people we love most.Katharine Smyth was a student at Oxford when she first read Virginia Woolf's modernist masterpiece To the Lighthouse in the comfort of an English sitting room, and in the companionable silence she shared with her father. After his death--a calamity that claimed her favorite person--she returned to that beloved novel as a way...

Details All the Lives We Ever Lived

TitleAll the Lives We Ever Lived
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherCrown Publishing Group (NY)
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography Memoir, Biography

Reviews All the Lives We Ever Lived

  • Jackie
    I won this book as a giveaway. It’s an alright read. It’s a memoir where the author compares her life to Virginia Woolf life as well as her Lighthouse novel. The author clearly shows comparisons and the book is a nice and easy read. I can see someone loving this book while others may not. Depends on what you like to read
  • Kerry (lines i underline)
    All the Lives We Ever Lived is an evocative portrait of the deep bond between the author and her dynamic, difficult father. It is an exploration of her overwhelming grief at his death. In her struggle to communicate the complexity of that experience, Smyth turns to Virginia Woolf, to the book that has long been her lodestar at life's most difficult moments: To the Lighthouse. Smyth draws comparisons between her relationships and those of the char...
  • Beverly
    This wasn't the one normal books I read but it was pretty good. I read it in one setting I recommend that anyone should check it out get out of your comfort zone, Some of the book made me think of my own father so I related well to this. Was well written
  • Donna Hines
    A powerful, emotional, moving memoir by Katharine Smyth.All The Lives We Ever Lived takes place in an English Class where Katharine Smyth first came across To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolfs.After her father's death she returned to seek solice and comfort in that novel.Readers are taken on a memorable journey between her childhood memories and Virginia Woolfs Bloomsbury Squares.Comfort reading at its finest in seeking answers and solutions to f...
  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    The death of her father has left Katharine pondering about her life and the people playing major roles in it. Amongst them is not only her family but also Virginia Woolf whose works deeply impressed her when she was a student at Oxford. The parallels between “To the Lighthouse” and her own life are stunning, especially when it comes to the impact that places have on the people. It is her family’s summer house in Rhode Island that first and ...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01 This book is a breathtaking tribute to life, love, and literature. Since the age of twenty, Katharine Smyth has been enamored with the book To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. In All the Lives We Ever Lived, she blurs the line between memoir and books about books as she tells how the book impacted her life. She writes of her relationship with her father, growing up, loss, and turbulence as To th...
  • Jamie