Tell me a story, Pew.
What kind of story, child?
A story with a happy ending.
There’s no such thing in all the world.
As a happy ending?
As an ending.
This week’s flik is Lighthousekeeping (2004) by the English writer Jeanette Winterson.
The novel is about Silver, an orphan who is taken in by Pew, the lighthousekeeper. Pew tells Silver ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of the ties that bind and the slippages that occur throughout every life. There is one life in particular that Silver is told about; that of Babel Dark, a nineteenth-century clergyman who struggles with his faith after meeting Darwin and finding a fossil, and who invents a second personality in order to be with the woman that he really loves.
Lighthousekeeping is filled with references to other novels and to real life. For example; did you know that Robert Louis Stevenson’s father designed lighthouses?
This novel is really about telling stories and the importance of stories. It is truly a beautiful read and one that you definitely should treat yourself to.