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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
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This book is an amazing classic. I recommend to everyone! It's a great read, full of romance and wisdom. I love the way the books feels, how Forester brings the reader in and really makes you care about all the characters, sympathizing with all of them. It has all te markings of a truly great classic. It made me want to travel to Italy and find love. ( )
  Diamond.Dee. | Jul 3, 2015 |
"about a young woman in the repressed culture of Edwardian era England. Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century." ( )
  kewlgeek | Jun 30, 2015 |
Young Lucy Honeychurch, accompanied by her elderly cousin Charlotte Bartlett, is visiting Italy for the first time. All the drama of life is derived from the confined rules of class and manners where the significance of every event is magnified. The writing had a surprisingly modern flavour, considering that it was written at the beginning of the 20th century. From the sweet Lucy, to the snobbish Cecil Vyse, to the compassionate Rev. Beebe, the characters all stand out clearly, with Lucy being at the centre. There are many humorous passages, one of which involved Miss Bartlett who was required to change a sovereign for smaller coins in order to pay a cab fare. The younger characters completely bewildered her by making complex calculations for the transaction. It appeared she would lose the lot while the others would profit. Forster may have been the first to use this now classic comedy act. This is a delightful novel that will not fail to entertain the reader. Highly recommended.

A favourite quote: "She was a novelist," said Lucy craftily. The remark was a happy one, for nothing roused Mrs. Honeychurch so much as literature in the hands of females. She would abandon every topic to inveigh against those women who (instead of minding their houses and their children) seek notoriety by print. Her attitude was: "If books must be written, let them be written by men" ( )
1 vote VivienneR | May 31, 2015 |
the story of a young woman in the victora age coming to find herself and her own voice. it is a classic for good reason worth reading ( )
  michaelbartley | Feb 18, 2015 |
Lucy's only goal when she takes a trip to Italy is to have experiences outside of her small world in Windy Corners. However, her stay at a pension in Florence puts her in the way of a diverse cast of characters including the slightly odd Mr. Emerson and his son, George. Experiences Lucy never imagined ensue with ramifications that will ripple back into her formerly quiet life at home.

The second of Forster's novels that I've read, I found this one to be a fascinating and lyrical read. Forster's descriptions of his characters' thoughts are strange and yet also familiar, leaving you highly sympathetic with almost every character that crosses the page. I also highly appreciated Forster's allusions to the suffragist movement as he explored the idea of women being equal to men. In amongst all of these more esoteric elements, is a beautiful tale of travel, the relationships we develop abroad, and the very profound confusion our own emotions can cause us. ( )
  MickyFine | Jan 20, 2015 |
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Forster, E.M.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ekman, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simpson, MonaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stallybrass, OliverEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, CandaceEditorsecondary 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!"
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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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