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Howards End by E.M. Forster
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Feb 01, 11

bookshelves: read-in-2011
Read from January 19 to 29, 2011

There is so much going on in this book it's hard to approach it with a mind to settle the question of what it's about. Ostensibly it's about two English families that meet by chance on holiday on the Continent and whose fortunes become intertwined in the following years. But really it's about class struggle, philanthropy, inter-personal relationships, Romance, and the soul of a nation. The lyrical passages about the English countryside are beautiful. Margaret's appraisals of her circle are so vividly lifelike I feel as if I've already been introduced to the Schlegels and Wilcoxes personally. Have I learned anything from this book? Well, I hope I take to heart the message that poor Leonard Bast is left with: that you shouldn't let other people experience and describe everything for you, but rather go out and find things out for yourself. And on that note....
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