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Howards End by E. M. Forster
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Howards End (original 1910; edition 2000)

by E. M. Forster

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Howard's End is a charming country house in Hertfordshire which becomes the object of an inheritance dispute between the Wilcox family and the Schlegel sisters. Through romantic entanglements, disappearing wills, and sudden tragedy, the conflict over the house emerges as a symbolic struggle for England's very future. A clear, vibrant portrait of life in Edwardian England, Howard's End deals with personal relationships and conflicting values.… (more)
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Title:Howards End
Authors:E. M. Forster
Info:[Neptune, N.J.?] : Trident Press International, 2000.
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Howards End by E. M. Forster (Author) (1910)

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While an entertaining read, I found it hard to identify with any one character. Meg began to stimulate my interest, but by then the book was 90% gone and I was left wanting. The Social arguments I was led to expect made but cameo appearances and were gone; leaving us with dialog and events that, while amusing, failed to develop a substantive argument for or against anything. Not a bad read, but far from exceptional. ( )
  282Mikado | Apr 13, 2022 |
This book is marvellous on so many levels: the critique of capitalism and imperialism, the defence of women's rights and social equality with the wonder of Howard's End as a magical Eden from which to escape, where balance is restored, despite the inequities and violence.
The construction of this book from an innocent incident to a catastrophe is masterful: what seems like a series of stories all coming together to create an entirely new one where the characters emerge completely changed.
I absolutely loved it. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Mar 19, 2022 |
In the beginning I thought it was a comedy of errors but it gets more serious in the end. ( )
  Marietje.Halbertsma | Jan 9, 2022 |
This book took longer to grab me than Maurice, I’m thinking because I was expected a main character as strongly central as Maurice himself. But though the Schlegels, Wilcoxes, and Basts form a looser and more complicated ensemble cast, it is again the titular entity that frames the story. The house itself is often in the distance, but Howards End, Mrs. Wilcox as its appendage, and England as its extension, are the emotional and thematic heart of the book. The story is a bit of a slow burn, but by the end all the threads of relationships, suspicions, socioeconomics, love, and inheritance, are woven together in a satisfying and interesting way.

“Harder came the rain, pouring out of a windless sky, and spattering up from the notice-boards of the house-agents, which lay in a row on the lawn where Charles had hurled them. She must have interviewed Charles in another world--where one did have interviews. How Helen would revel in such a notion! Charles dead, all people dead, nothing alive but houses and gardens.”
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  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
Thoroughly delectable from beginning to end. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
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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
Klett, ElizabethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lodge, DavidIntroductionsecondary 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.
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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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Howard's End is a charming country house in Hertfordshire which becomes the object of an inheritance dispute between the Wilcox family and the Schlegel sisters. Through romantic entanglements, disappearing wills, and sudden tragedy, the conflict over the house emerges as a symbolic struggle for England's very future. A clear, vibrant portrait of life in Edwardian England, Howard's End deals with personal relationships and conflicting values.

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