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Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
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Dec 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 1001-bymr, kindle
Read in December, 2010

All four characters go to hot, beautiful Italy where their frigid, English sensibilities melt to reveal, gasp, some real emotion. However, by the end of it, all characters seem the worse off for going to Italy and meeting with one typically Italian man (beautiful, lounging, flattering, spitting etc.) who is also the worse off for knowing them. So what is the message here - to state that the English have a way of ruining good times in foreign lands? - to keep repressed English society on the straight and narrow? - to warn against falling in love with those smooth talkin' Italians? - to show that the combined product of English control and Italian languor will be ripped to shreds? This story was one big clash of English and Italian customs, mainly with the English characters clashing against themselves, all their uppity rules and their lack of self-awareness. It was humorous, tragic, and highly enjoyable.

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