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A Room with a View/Howards End (Modern Library)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  2,147 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
'To me,' D. H. Lawerence once wrote to E. M. forster, 'you are the last Englishman.' Indeed, Forster's novels offer contemporary readers clear, vibrant portraits of life in Edwardian England. Published in 1908 to both critical and popular acclaim, A Room with a View is a whimsical comedy of manners that owes more to Jane Austen that perhaps any other of his works. The cent ...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Modern Library (first published February 4th 1986)
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Oh, friends. There is only one word to describe my experience reading this book: delightful. But because you know I can't resist the opportunity to say more than one word, I won't stop there.

A Room with a View is deeply satirical, and yet the characters manage to be real people rather than one-dimensional conduits for the author's social criticisms. Forster's voice and humor are subtle without being sly, and he draws you into the inner lives of his characters in a way that feels so natural it's
May 19, 2008 Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I consider A Room With A View to be Winnie-the-Pooh for adults and something that should be read often. It is the delightful story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young woman who eventually accepts responsibility for her own life and marries a man whose sense of freedom reminds her of a room with a view. The movie version of the book is charming and faithful to the story and (despite an amusing river bathing scene in which there is full male nudity) is rated PG.

Rooms stand for social conventions, deadeni
Jan 04, 2008 Larry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is tricky, I give 'A Room with a View' a 5 star rating but 'Howards End' a 2. Also, I read the two books approximately 10 years apart. However, I found 'A Room with a View' to be a beautiful book filled with sharp observations upon society that are just as relevant today as they were when the book was written (I assume). While 'Howards End' also had some great writing and similarly acerbic observations on society, I found myself bored whilst reading it. Of course, this might have something ...more
A Room with a View by E. M. Foster
Delightful classic

It is the second time that I am rating A Room with a View.
That is because I have finished listening to it again.

This time, it was a BBC production.
An adapted, abbreviated version.

Generally, this is to be avoided.
When the original is an acclaimed masterpiece, it is wrong to go to an abridged format.
But one cannot listen to or read War and Peace so many times.
Actually, I intend to listen to a BBC version of the mentioned chef d'oeuvre and a goo
judy weaver
classic romance 2015 reading challenge Edwardian England. Published in 1908 to both critical and popular acclaim, A Room with a View is a whimsical comedy of manners that owes more to Jane Austen that perhaps any other of his works. The central character is a muddled young girl named Lucy Honeychurch, who runs away from the man who stirs her emotions, remaining engaged to a rich snob. Forster considered it his 'nicest' novel, and today it remains probably his most well liked. Its moral is utterl ...more
Suzanne Yuskiw
Feb 05, 2015 Suzanne Yuskiw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A Room with a View - A real delight from beginning to end. Having seen the movie a few times and loved it each time, I wondered if I would discover new depths in the actual text. In fact, the film distilled all the best elements of the book in theme, character and setting. What you don't get in the film is the cheerful, ironic British voice of the writer. With delicious understatement he pokes fun at his upper middle class countrymen and women. In Edwardian England, most of the characters take ...more
Kenneth Iltz
Aug 16, 2014 Kenneth Iltz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
After trying to read two new novels and giving up after about 30 pages, I went back to my comfort zone. The plot is fairly simple. The heroine, Miss Lucy Honeychurch, heads to Italy on the grand tour and is kissed by George Emerson. The episode is embarrassing to Lucy and she and her chaperone move from Florence to Rome after the incident. She then becomes engaged to a wealthy and respectable but snobbish man named Cecil Vyse. George warns Lucy that the marriage will never work and George’s fath ...more
Sep 08, 2015 Traci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only have read "A Room With a View."
This book is not easy to sink into but so far I love the language.
Update: finished the book. It was very enjoyable as I kept on reading it and towards the last 5 chapters read it more quickly than the others. The prose is so thick with details every chapter packs somewhat of a punch which made me read it more slowly then I would normally. I have never been the type to reread books, wanting to move on to the next but this one is the first I've read that I th
May 06, 2009 Terzah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been drawn to love stories where, when someone finds a soul mate, that person knows them inside and out, and loves them inside and out, with just the barest of interactions to go on. Such is the case with George and Lucy in this book. All it takes are a few stilted conversations, a harrowing encounter in Florence and a kiss in a Tuscan meadow--and he knows he loves her and is willing to bare his heart to her and help her find her true self through both actions and words. He fears no ...more
Joan Eppehimer
Dec 29, 2015 Joan Eppehimer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual with some of these classi I had trouble sorting out the characters. The book was rather slow for the first 2/3's, but then it picked up and at long last, I couldn't put it down. Story of British society at time when a woman's profession was to marry, and to marry well - for the security it would give you. The heroine wrestles with the societal norms of the day and what she can somewhat, but not wholly perceive in herself.
Howards End is a view of the English society of 100 years ago. The characters are mostly people who have an "income" so are concerned with society and conventions. I found them tedious except for the heroine, Margaret, but even she isn't without faults. finished Sep 5, 2009
A Room With a View I set the book aside after I finished the first novel. I finally finished the second novel in this edition. I found Victorian society strange looking back from a completely different century. The convention
Sep 25, 2013 Clara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how I feel about these two novels. There's a kind of unevenness to Forster's writing which sometimes bothers me--his tendency to veer from realistic, even humorous representations (eg; the umbrella-filching scene) to overwritten meditations on the meaning of life. This tendency is most marked in Howard's End, though it appears in A Room With a View as well.

Also (view spoiler)
Apr 30, 2012 Annalee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A Room with a View is one of my favorite books. I loved its overall theme of happiness comes from following what your instincts, not just what the world dictates. Forster did a wonderful job in his characterization of Lucy, Charlotte (oh how I love Charlotte, she is one of my most favorite characters ever), and Mr. Beebe, especially.

Howards End is well-written and engaging, but lacks some of the lightness of A Room with a View. It is more centered on criticism of social classes. The characters
Aug 04, 2015 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Bit of a yawn fest, well done for what it is, but what it is isn't for me. Gave it 3 stars but felt 2.5 was closer. Saving grace was the backdrop of Florence. Did people really talk and act this way? Jill Masters read this audiobook and did a highly competent job.
Mar 12, 2014 Maddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good. E.M. Forster has some very interesting ideas. His social critiques were subtle and sometimes humorous. Romance was not the main focus, it was not always sweet, but in the end it ended up being rather wonderful. I think George's father is my favorite character. Even if he isn't considered good society.
Mar 18, 2014 Lynda rated it it was amazing
I find Forster to be an interesting individual who likes to view his fellow human beings as they are with all their flaws and foibles. Although very different stories each portrays young women coming into their own and the adults around them who help that process, as well as, hinder it.

Written in a different time frame for most of us, these two stories can be difficult at first to understand the culture of the characters. Yet, with each page we see the characters striving with life, decisions an
A Room With A View: Interesting ending, though I didn't really feel the events that led up to what happened at the end of the story. Wished it had much more of a dramatic flare, as some parts felt dreary and lacking in detail. The story felt like it kept jumping from place to place, I didn't feel grounded at all with the characters and the story flow.

Howards End: It had a fascinating but somewhat confusing beginning, the middle part was a little more so-so with less flare but more of the story t
Sarah K
Mar 22, 2016 Sarah K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book and the movie!!! A Room with a View is an all-time favorite for me. And now I've gone back and read Howard's End and enjoyed the movie as well with book club!
Bri Wedge
Just finished Howards End. I give it 2.5 stars. Very predictable & most of the characters just irritated me.
Now I'm on to A Room With a View.

7/11/15 A Room With a View was such a delight to read. I give it 5 stars. These characters were so enjoyable, believable & fun. A lovely little romance story.
Gena Lott
May 16, 2015 Gena Lott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This story was recommended to me by a co-worker and boy am I glad I read it! It is so poignant and touching that even years later, I remember how much it touched me!
Peggy Graves
Apr 21, 2016 Peggy Graves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I approach older novels almost like eating kale salad. I kind of like it but mostly I'm dong it for my health. Having read two EMForester novels before this one (Howard's End and Maurice), I was ready to eat my literary kale salad. Little did I know that I had just sat down at the sushi bar! What fun!
Colors. Fun. Travelogue. Romance. Characters with character.
I especially enjoyed the study of the contrasts of English folk portrayed against the backdrop of Italy.
And Mr. Emerson's talk
Sometimes, though beautifully written, the language of the classics is more difficult to read. That was the case for me with this book. However, as I got into it, I enjoyed the story, the writing, and the characters. When I was nearly to the end and discovering how things were going to unfold (or how I thought they'd unfold), I was not happy. I was wondering why I'd read the book, but then there was a twist and turn and the actual ending was satisfactory. I borrowed this book from the library a ...more
Lesleyann Anderson
such a lovely book, a reminder of gentile times when gentlemen had manners and women were treated like ladies
Mar 23, 2008 Loralee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who knew that this book would read as if it was written as the screenplay for the movie? I was expecting something more, a richer text. Not that I love the movie any less or now the book for that matter, since they are virtually identical, but it is so rare that the book doesn't have so much more going on within it. Perhaps it held a bit more sardonic wit that cannot translate as well to film, but all in all, it is a slight novel with an engaging humor. I prefer this in the form of Graham Greene ...more
Nawal Al Edelbi
Jun 23, 2015 Nawal Al Edelbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can change love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you.
Love lasts for ever "
Don Weidinger
Feb 21, 2014 Don Weidinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
drama and reflection, Lucy, learned greatest lesson what it is to love.
Lucy Lang
Oct 06, 2016 Lucy Lang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A deliciously easy read, which I read in hospital last year.
Sep 23, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
i tried to read this book several years ago, and just couldnt get into it. i decided to give it another try...after all, i hadnt seen the movie yet, and thought it would be fun to read the book first.
Well, im glad i stuck with it...once again, it started out really slow for me, but then it really picked up and i found i couldnt put the book down. Its hard to imagine living as they did then...the way women were treated, the pompous high society folk, the prudish it was fun to see Lucy's
Dec 28, 2014 Béatrice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tout à fait l'atmosphère du film que j'ai adoré.
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Edward Morgan Forster, generally published as E.M. Forster, was an novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. His humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect".

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