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A Room with a View
In this brilliant piece of social comedy Forster is concerned with one of his favourite themes: the 'undeveloped heart' of the English middle classes, who are here represented by a group of tourists and expatriates in Florence. The English abroad are observed with a sharply ironic eye, b...more
Lucy Honeychurch (how's that for a name) is a sheltered young Englishwoman in 1908. She lives with her mother and little brother Freddy. She goes on an exciting travel-abroad trip with her stuffy older cousin. There she meets the Emersons - also English - old Mr. Emerson who is loving and honest to a fault. His outspoken ways are consider ...more
I am in a classics mood, but after my recent completion of War and Peace I decided to try something a little lighter and less than one tenth of the size. This is how I found my way towards E. M. Forster's 130 page novel about a woman who is forced to make a decision between marrying a wealthy man she will never love and a man of lower class who she knows she can be happy with. Funnily enough, I think it was this story's length that slightly let it down for me, had it been a longer book I'm su ...more
Fiesole, in the hills northeast of Firenze 9/2/2007
I read this lovely little novel about three months after taking the picture above. I was so thrilled that I had actually been in Florence, where a part of the story takes place. The "main event" of the Florence episode occurs when the English ladies take a chaperoned carriage ride into the hi ...more
Having seen the movie Howard's End, and knowing that E.M. Forster wrote in the late 19th/early 20th century, and having watched that episode of The Office where the Finer Things Club discussed this book, I fully expected it to be a dull, dry slog.
But it was not. It was a pleasure.
Lucy Honeychurch learns that the rules of society can--and sometimes should--be broken. She learns that she doesn't have to love a man just ...more
Unless this is the early 1900's and you're visiting the city with your annoying spinster cousin, then you kiss some boy in a field of violets for like two seconds and nobody ever lets you forget it. Jeez, people.
This is a brief, sweet little novel about Lucy Honeychurch (winner of the prestigious award for Most Adorable Name Ever), who goes to Florence with previously-mentioned spinster cousin. Despite lack of A ROOM WITH A VIEW, Lucy has a very nice ...more
I expected more of a Death in Venice kind of languishing prose, but instead it felt, for the most part, more akin to Austen...except when it slipped into a borderline Bronte-esque melodrama. There was the snobbish principles and philosophy du jour as well as serious melancholy to be had in plenty, but to ...more
I really didn't know what to expect—would this be a character story, a philosophical one, a romance? It ended up being a lovely mix of all three. The story centers around Lucy, a young woman who realizes, for the first time, that she has ideas of her own. In other words, it's about Lucy learning how to make decisions for herself, and learning what she truly wants out of life.
The book is full of delightful characters and beautiful passages. Yet, Forster isn't above seeing t ...more
UPDATE: I can't keep reading this. Taking it off the bedside table. I am such a bad girl!
4 1/2 stars.
At first glance this book is simply a romance. At second glance is it a manifesto about romance? And if this is simply a romance, why does this old cynic love it so much?
But upon closer inspection there is more than one protagonist whose journey is being witnessed. And tonight, I can think of at least three characters who have grown significantly, in spite of themselves.
There appear at least two others who have changed significantly in ways that are left ...more
By finally reading the novel, the contrasts were finally made clear in each part. Light is a major inf ...more
'could literature influence life?' asks A Room with a View.
England created a colony in North America, then left them to get on with it, leaving in place the foundational structures, like the rule of law, all explained by Niall Ferguson in the Reith Lectures http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jmx0p The colony becomes the USA. George Orwell, with his uncanny prescience, predicted that the USA, being so inde ...more
A major theme running through "Room with a View" is the rigid social hierarchy and structure of Edwardian England society. Room was published in 1909, a society and world on the brink of major change. Political issues are hinted at in the book - unrest in I ...more
This was 1 of the 7 books I had to read in my last semester of college: Women In Literature. I had heard about this book and had seen the movie with Helena Boham Carter a few years ago, but I simply never got around to readi ...more
Lucy Honeychurch, una ragazza inglese attenta attenta alle convezioni della sua epoca, si trova improvvisamente a dover fare i conti con qualcosa di nuovo: i propri sentimenti. Ciò accade quando, durante un viaggio in Italia incontra George Emerson, un ragazzo che poco si conforma ai valori della borghesia dell'epoca. Forster così contrappone la mentalità della borghesia inglese, chiusa, fredda, puritana, alla mentalità mediterranea, più aperta e gioiosa, che risveglierà in Lucy nuove aspira ...more
Up until the last chapter it was about Lucy Honeychurch asserting her independence as a young lady. She didn't seem at all interested in finding romance. She just wanted independence from her family. Lucy's character was flaky. She becomes engaged to Cecil, ...more
I have to say, I was slightly disappointed. It is a victorian-type novel that starts out in Italy with various characters, the main one being the love-interest, Lucy. She and the other charac ...more
However, it's boring. That, and the author is swinging outside of his wheelhouse.
"Maurice," on the other hand, is the romance that Forster was born to write: he tackles classism and homophobia square-on. The book resolves exactly as it should, and he doesn't pull any ...more
I'm not the biggest fan of novels dedicated to tales of love, especially when ...more
I revisited the novel last month during a vacation to Florence and Tuscany. Our Florence hotel was part of a 16th-century palace complex surro ...more
A Room with a View is a solid romantic fiction, classified as a classic comedy of manners. However, when compared to other, similar romantic comedy classics like Pride and Prejudice, The Age of Innocence, Jane Eyre and The Importance of Being Earnest, it falls short on many levels. Perhaps that is the result of the book's simple subtlety and subversion of certain romance genre elements. Yet I feel that the book was far too much of a mixed bag tonally and thematically.
The tale follows the typical ...more
If there is one thing I learnt from this incident it is this: Don’t leave your essays until the last minute, kids!
But I believe I was suitably punished for my flippant attitude towards my degree because my self-impo ...more
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