A Room with a View
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A voyage to Italy becomes a journey of self-discovery and awakening for Lucy Honeychurch in E.M. Forster's A Room with a View. Engaged to fussy, virtuous Cecil, Lucy encounters new possibilities for passion in her chance meeting abroad with mysterious George Emerson and his free-thinking father. Throughout charming scenes of travel and family life, Forster opens up a panoramic view of the difficult choices that Lucy must make. The comfort and respectability of a life lived carefully to the standards of society are contrasted with glimpses of a different life—one of spirit and unconventionality. England and Italy, Cecil and George, society and the individual, acceptance and rebellion—Lucy is challenged to find the right path as she weighs potential freedom against its sobering price.
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One of the greats of twentieth century British literature, E.M. Forster (1879-1970) was well-known in his day for his novels, short stories, and essays. In his pages we read of the essential dilemmas that the everyman and everywoman must face as they enter modern society. Urging honesty, courage, and human connection to his readers, Forster's own life was, interestingly, one of public renown and privately-held secrets. Along with his most notable works, A Room With a View, Howards End, Where Angels Fear to Tread, and A Passage to India, Forster's posthumously-published novel Maurice, about the experiences of a young man coming to terms with his own homosexuality, is thought to be somewhat autobiographical.Back to top
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The Signora had no business to do it," said Miss Bartlett, "no business at all. She promised us south rooms with a view close together, instead of which here are north rooms, looking into a courtyard, and a long way apart. Oh, Lucy!"
"And a Cockney, besides!" said Lucy, who had been further ...
Reviewed by Samspade on Mar 22, 2011
A Room with a View
Incredibly dull. Life is too short to plow through this drivel.
Reviewed by Tinselter on Dec 16, 2010
Passion and nonsense
The elder Mr. Emerson - oh, how I would love to meet him face-to-face. He believed in passion and nonsense and the wonder of living. I desire with all my heart to be Mr. Emerson - now and when I'm dottering along!
Reviewed by Pam_Beancounter on Aug 19, 2010
Short, lyrical, and romantic - the perfect summer read
Is it wrong of me to have fallen in love with old Mr. Emerson rather than George? :-)
I read this book because I love the movie, yet I have always been dissatisfied with the characterization of Lucy. Her motives escaped me; she always seemed more peevish and spoiled than just "in a muddle." Happy to report the book explains well why she constantly pursues self-deception and denial. It stems in part from the early influence of her spinster cousin Charlotte, and in part (I believe) from the Edwardian period itself, when English women were just coming into their autonomy. It's a good read; hope you like it.
Reviewed by ebe321 on Apr 24, 2009
If you want a little romance in your life - READ this book! There are great characters - George and his father will melt your heart. The observations of life and love throughout the novel will stir your emotions. Yes, you will want to choke the heroine Lucy sometimes, but it is worth it.
Reviewed by annaj312 on Mar 6, 2009
A Room With A View
A lovely coming of age novel. The young heroine Lucy struggles to understand herself as she experiences romantic love for the first time and in doing so, must choose between two suitors. Who does she love--the overly-staid, self-absorbed Cecil, to whom she is engaged, or the more romantic George, who stole a kiss in romantic Florence and awakens her passionate nature. Lucy becomes a fully realized female personality in this book and makes her choice.
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