What’s the best classic novel you recently read for the first time?
“To the Lighthouse,” by Virginia Woolf. I read a couple of books by Woolf when I was 18 (“The Waves” and “Orlando”), didn’t much like them and crossed her off my list for the next 51 years. What a stupid mistake. “To the Lighthouse” is one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. It pierced me and made me tremble and continually had me on the verge of tears. The music of its long, looping sentences, the understated depth of its feeling, the subtle rhythms of its structure were so moving to me that I read it as slowly as I could, going over paragraphs three and four times before pushing on to the next.»
- Paul Auster to NYTimes