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A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

A Room with a View (1908)

by E.M. Forster, E. M. Forster (Author)

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    sturlington: Where A Room with a View is comedy, Howards End is tragedy.
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    carlym: [Merchant Ivory's English Landscape] includes quite a few photos from the movie version of [A Room with a View].
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    StarryNightElf: Two ladies travel in Europe during the Edwardian Era.
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Liked it. Lucy is a peach, her way to view the world sometimes dreadfully simplistic, sometimes full of wonder and naivety and sometimes, especially in moments of sudden flashes of insights, simply hilarious. Foster likes his characters, even the shady ones, each of them has wit and character in their own unique way, and the whole story is has an optimistic, sometimes even funny air about it. ( )
  DeusXMachina | Apr 27, 2018 |
Our Book Club Classic Read - Listened to this on audio. An absolute delightful coming of the age love story. A touching story with a splash of comedy. Lucy Honeychurch finds herself in a precarious situation. How do you tell the person you are to marry that you are not as innocent as he thinks? How little lies and omissions come back to haunt her and an unlikely encounter upsets her plans. ( )
  booklovers2 | Mar 17, 2018 |
“When we were only acquaintances, you let me be myself, but now you're always protecting me... I won't be protected. I will choose for myself what is ladylike and right. To shield me is an insult. Can't I be trusted to face the truth but I must get it second-hand through you? A woman's place!”
― E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

I liked the main character's independence and the satirical slant on the snobbery of the English upper class, but most of all I liked that I was reading it in my own room with a view - albeit in Venice, not Florence! ( )
  Elizabeth_Foster | Nov 3, 2017 |
Very funny observational humour in Florence, a comedy of interior dialogue and exterior manners. Turns a bit gloomy in Windy Corner, with quite a lot of coincidence needed to set up the action, a situation which the author manages to deal with fairly well. A truly inspiring conclusion where things fall into place, with a very profound view of what it means to live a meaningful life.

Abridged audiobook (5 hours 14 minutes) read by Juliet Stevenson:
A fairly light abridgement (5 and a quarter hours abridged versus approximately 7 hours and 20 minutes unabridged).

Excellent narration.
Musical interludes tolerable due to the reference to Lucy's playing.

Stop the audio when she says "The End" unless you want the Audible.com voice shouting "THIS IS AUDIBLE DOT COM" at you immediately afterwards. ( )
  rakerman | Sep 27, 2017 |
This was a very painful read for me, as can be evidenced in my many status updates. I did not enjoy this at all, unless you can count as enjoyment the glee that filled me when I realized I only had 10 pages to go. Slow, dreadful and inactive. Nothing happens in this book. It's just countless descriptions and narrations that do nothing to grasp the interest of the reader. George Emerson... I wanted to fall for him harder but he truly did not appear much on the book. Lucy alternated between ok and insufferable.

Another book I wanted to enjoy based on the marvelous quotes I had found on this site but sadly, fell short for me. ( )
  lapiccolina | Jun 23, 2017 |
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E M Forsters romantext präglas av en oerhört njutbar balans mellan utsagt och outsagt, mellan ytlig elegans och underförstådda referenser till en betydligt dunklare verklighet.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Forster, E.M.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Forster, E. M.Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ekman, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simpson, MonaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stallybrass, OliverEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"The Signora had no business to do it," said Miss Bartlett, "no business at all. She promised us south rooms with a view close together, instead of which here are north rooms, looking into a courtyard, and a long way apart. Oh, Lucy!"
She joined the vast armies of the benighted, who follow neither the heart nor the brain, and march to their destiny by catch-words.
If Miss Honeychurch ever takes to live as she plays [piano], it will be very exciting both for us and for her.
She was like a woman of Leonardo da Vinci, whom we love not so much for herself as for the things that she will not tell us.
There is a certain amount of kindness, just as there is a certain amount of light,” he continued in measured tones. “We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm—yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.”<>
It makes a difference, doesn’t it, whether we fence ourselves in, or whether we are fenced out by the barriers of others?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553213237, Mass Market Paperback)

This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England.

A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson—who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist—Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England, she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion.

The enduring delight of this tale of romantic intrigue is rooted in Forster’s colorful characters, including outrageous spinsters, pompous clergymen, and outspoken patriots. Written in 1908, A Room with a View is one of E. M. Forster’s earliest and most celebrated works.

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"The love of a young British woman named Lucy Honeychurch for a British expatriate living in Italy is condemned by her stuffy, middle-class guardians, who prefer an eligible man of their own choosing." -- Provided by publisher.

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