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A Room With a View by E. M. Forster

A Room With a View (original 1908; edition 2009)

by E. M. Forster, David Leavitt (Introduction)

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Title:A Room With a View
Authors:E. M. Forster
Other authors:David Leavitt (Introduction)
Info:Signet Classics (2009), Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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A Room with a View by E.M. Forster (1908)

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Delightful. I definitely want to read more books by Forster ( )
  lnuenke | Apr 21, 2017 |
Avoid the 1992 "pre-echo"/"bleed-through" Books on Tape edition (and its later repackaged versions)

[4] for "A Room with a View."
[1] for the 1992 audiobook by Frederick Davidson.

I'm not going to distort the rating for the Edwardian meet-cute romantic-comedy classic "A Room with a View" due to a bad audio experience, so the official vote here is a [4].

Otherwise, this is a warning to steer clear of the 1992 Books on Tape audiobook by Frederick Davidson which is badly dated in style but is still being sold as recently as 2017 at Audible Audio. It also betrays its audiotape analog pedigree due to its constant pre-echo / audio bleed-through. This is a quirk from the vinyl/tape era where the audio signal from about 2-3 seconds in the future would "bleed-through" as a artifact in the current signal. The effect is like hearing a phantom distorted conversation constantly in the background of the actual audio that you are listening to. It is enormously annoying and distracting.

Frederick Davidson (real name:David Case) was an early legend of the audiobook era and recorded many hundreds of classics. His reading style will seem very old-fashioned now but is still suitable for some characters e.g. Cecil Vyse in the case of "A Room with a View." ( )
  alanteder | Apr 18, 2017 |
A Room With A View by E.M. Forster opens in Florence, Italy where tourists Lucy Honeychurch along with her cousin and chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett first make the acquaintance of the Emersons, father and son who give up their rooms to the two English ladies so that they will have a view. The other guests at this small inn all are British and are a varied assortment, but right from the start Charlotte is convinced that the Emersons are ill-bred and should be avoided. Of course the Emerson son, George and Lucy are obviously attracted to each other, but Lucy comes to agree with her cousin and tries to stay away from the Emersons but this often cannot be avoided. On a group trip to the Italian countryside, George not only challenges Lucy’s thinking but also kisses her, which in these rigid Edwardian times was a great affront. Lucy, more disturbed than before, and Charlotte pack up and depart Florence.

The story then moves forward a few months to England and Lucy accepting the proposal of Cecil Vyse, much to delight of her family. But Cecil is domineering and judgmental. He is constantly telling Lucy what to think and how to act. When the Emersons appear back on the scene, Lucy feels trapped and cannot admit even to herself how she feels about George, but she does find the courage to break off her engagement to the pompous Cecil. Unknown to Lucy someone is making manoeuvres behind her back and ensuring that all works out the way it should.

Room With A View is a romance and had many of the trappings of that genre, an exotic setting with summer storms, hillsides of violets, chance encounters and romantic rivals. This is also a love story with repressed feelings, denial, and class barriers, however, the author with his humorous and satirical style gives this story it’s extra sparkle and wit. While I wasn’t totally enamoured with his characters, I did admire the author’s ability to set the scene, serve up some intriguing dialogue, and give the reader a vivid picture of the repressed nature of Edwardian times. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 9, 2017 |
Oh Forster, could I love you any more? Reading this was great when taken in consideration with his later novels and what I know of his fondness for Austen. The earliest formations of his central themes about relations--the only connect of [b:Howards End|3102|Howards End|E.M. Forster|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1287612771s/3102.jpg|1902726] that permeates his writing--are not yet perfected, though you see how he moves towards finding what he feels. And though it wouldn't be my word for it, Forster's "muddles" are such an important component of his idea of human understanding. Thought it terribly sweet when he takes a moment to say essentially that of course you, the reader, know exactly what Lucy Honeychurch feels and ought to do even halfway through, but since she's in the midst of it she can't see clearly at all. This one is a comfort read for sure--impossible not to fall apart into giddiness. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
This is absolutely lovely. I would recommend this to someone who is wanting to read classics, but is unsure where to start, as it is a very easy read. ( )
  Lidbud | Mar 27, 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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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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