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Howards End by E. M. Forster

Howards End (original 1910; edition 2000)

by E. M. Forster

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Howards End is a masterful discussion of changing social class-consciousness. Three families from different levels of society become intertwined: the rich capitalists, the intellectual bourgeoisie and the struggling poor. Forster does not suggest that relationships between the classes are easy, but he does think them vitally important. The social philosophy inherent in the novel is significant and beautifully written.

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Title:Howards End
Authors:E. M. Forster
Info:[Neptune, N.J.?] : Trident Press International, 2000.
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Tags:English, novels, community, love, urbanization

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Howards End by E. M. Forster (Author) (1910)

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    A Room with a View by E. M. Forster (sturlington)
    sturlington: Where A Room with a View is comedy, Howards End is tragedy.
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    On Beauty by Zadie Smith (GCPLreader)
    GCPLreader: contemporary novel is an homage to Howard's End
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    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Another Margaret who extends her empathy across social strata.
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    The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (Limelite)
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The back cover states that the book symbolizes England.

I didn't get that at all, nor did the lame plot or any of the monotonous characters offer anything except a lot of skippable pages. ( )
  m.belljackson | Dec 12, 2023 |
Meh...I don't know how I really feel about this story. It was very predictable, for one, and I didn't at all like how it ended. I thought the Wilcoxes, with the exception of the first Mrs. Wilcox, were absolutely intolerable. I can't understand how Wilcox's second wife put up with his unapologetic selfishness and hypocrisy---she's a greater woman than I. I get it that Forster was trying to remain neutral, for the most part, but I don't think that's how modern readers see this story. I don't think the Schlegel's remained equal in the end and I think that's why it's left a sour taste in my mouth.

What is actually very intriguing about this story is that it was published (only just) before the world wars would change England and Germany and the world's view of them and their view of the world forever. The emotions, actions and reactions that fueled this story don't exist in our world anymore, making it an excellent study in pre-war history. ( )
  classyhomemaker | Dec 11, 2023 |
An interesting peek into the swirl of politics, economics, and philosophy of London a hundred years past. So much has changed, but so many of the critiques of society inside still resonant. ( )
  mmparker | Oct 24, 2023 |
Maybe 4.5* for this audiobook edition -- Elizabeth Klett is wonderful in her narration! ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this 1910 classic! I had (of course) seen the Merchant-Ivory film adaptation before but I found the book had more depth to it. The film was true to the plot but the book contained some philosophical themes, such as what things are worth striving for in life, which the film understandably couldn't portray as well (or at all). ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
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Forster, E. M.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bordwin, GabrielleCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, MalcolmContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Epstein, JosephContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hynes, SamuelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ivory, JamesIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
John, AugustusCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kauffer, Edward McKnightCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kazin, AlfredIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klett, ElizabethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lodge, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pascual, ToniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennanen, EilaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pessarrodona, MartaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Petherbridge, EdwardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Trilling, LionelContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Idea for another novel shaping, and may do well to write it down.
One may as well begin with Helen’s letters to her sister.
Theatres and discussion societies attracted her less and less. She began to ‘miss’ new movements, and to spend her spare time re-reading or thinking . . . she had outgrown stimulants, and was passing from words to things. It was doubtless a pity not to keep up with Wedekind or John, but some closing of the gates is inevitable after thirty, if the mind itself is to become a creative power.
Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.
Margaret greeted her lord with peculiar tenderness on the morrow. Mature as he was, she might yet be able to help him to the building of the rainbow bridge that should connect the prose in us with the passion. Without it we are meaningless fragments, half monk, half beasts, unconnected arches that have never joined into a man. With it love is born, and alights on the highest curve, glowing against the grey, sober against the fire. Happy the man who sees from either aspect the glory of these outspread wings. The roads of his soul lie clear, and he and his friends shall find easy-going.
The train sped northward, under innumerable tunnels. It was only an hour’s journey, but Mrs. Munt had to raise and lower the window again and again. She passed through the South Welwyn Tunnel, saw light for a moment, and entered the North Welwyn Tunnel, of tragic fame. She traversed the immense viaduct, whose arches span untroubled meadows and the dreamy flow of Tewin Water. She skirted the parks of politicians. At times the Great North Road accompanied her, more suggestive of infinity than any railway, awakening, after a nap of a hundred years, to such life as is conferred by the stench of motor-cars, and to such culture as is implied by the advertisements of antibilious pills. To history, to tragedy, to the past, to the future, Mrs. Munt remained equally indifferent; hers but to concentrate on the end of her journey.
They were both at their best when serving on committees. They did not make the mistake of handling human affairs in the bulk, but disposed of them item by item, sharply. ... It is the best—perhaps the only—way of dodging emotion.
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Howards End is a masterful discussion of changing social class-consciousness. Three families from different levels of society become intertwined: the rich capitalists, the intellectual bourgeoisie and the struggling poor. Forster does not suggest that relationships between the classes are easy, but he does think them vitally important. The social philosophy inherent in the novel is significant and beautifully written.


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