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Howards End by E.M. Forster
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Sep 05, 2008

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** spoiler alert ** Forster's feeling for place and especially the country places is the best part of this novel. The first Mrs. Wilcox is especially sympathetic because of her passion for her home, Howard's End, and the novel is full of wonderful evocations of waking up in the country, listening to the river running down from Wales, walking an alley of chestnut trees….

Overall, it was easier to like the places than the people. I admired Forster's interest in healing divisions of class and philosophy and his realism about how difficult this would be in practice. Still the way this theme played out was sometimes hard to take. When Margaret finally looses it with Henry, it does seem clear that Forster hadn't meant readers to admire her previous accommodations to Wilcox chauvinism. I hope. But the treatment of the Basts was very sad. Forster does give Leonard some good lines. But his portrait seems patronizing, and the fate of the widowed Mrs Bast seems to be dropped like a matter of no importance.

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