A Room With A View

A Room With A View

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E.M. Forster's vision of love struggling to assert itself in spite of the rigid class boundaries of Edwardian England, A Room with a View contains an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury in Penguin Classics.

Visiting Florence with her prim and proper cousin Charlotte as a chaperone, Lucy Honeychurch meets the unconventional, lower-class Mr Emerson and his son, George. Upon her return to England, Lucy becomes engaged to the supercilious Cecil Vyse, but she finds herself increasingly torn between the expectations of the world in which she moves and the passionate yearnings of her heart. More than a love story, A Room with a View (1908) is a penetrating social comedy and a brilliant study of contrasts - in values, social class, and cultural perspectives - and the ingenuity of fate.

In his sparkling introduction Malcolm Bradbury notes that A Room with a View 'was the work where Forster laid down most of his key themes, the place where he displayed both his warmth and sharpness, and developed his famous light style.' This edition also contains suggestions for further reading and explanatory notes.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) was a noted English author and critic and a member of the Bloomsbury group. His first novel, Where Angels Fear To Tread appeared in 1905. The Longest Journey appeared in 1907, followed by A Room With A View (1908), based partly on the material from extended holidays in Italy with his mother. Howards End (1910) was a story that centred on an English country house and dealt with the clash between two families, one interested in art and literature, the other only in business. Maurice was revised several times during his life, and finally published posthumously in 1971.

If you enjoyed A Room with a View , you might enjoy D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love , also available in Penguin Classics.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2000
ISBN: 9780141183299
Branch Call Number: FORS ROOM
Characteristics: xxviii, [iv], 206 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bradbury, Malcolm

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jimtroeltsch
Apr 30, 2018

I nice little story, with definite moments of brilliance. The characters are very real. And to this day people can still act like the stuffy Edwardian types in this novel. Everybody knows a Charlotte Bartlett in their lives and probably wants to kill her.

ArapahoeAndrew Aug 01, 2016

Some good quotes sprinkled throughout, but never really painted a picture in my mind and the plot was lost on me on parts. Not my particular cup of tea.

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julia_sedai
Jun 11, 2016

I don't know why I didn't like this book. I don't have much to say. The plot was okay, the characters were great, but the whole thing together just seemed bland to me. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was doing some in-depth studying on it in school.

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ElectricMayhem
Nov 10, 2011

I read this book years ago and it was an interesting look at the strict Edwardian rules of society. I'm rereading it and it stands up well to the test of time

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kalio
Jun 02, 2009

Edwardian England was a prim and proper era with little time for the real passions of real people. But when young Lucy Honeychurch has a romantic encounter with George Emerson (the son of a free-speaking Socialist?shocking!) in a flower-filled field in Italy, she faces precisely that dilemma?follow convention or follow her heart. Back home in England, surrounded by her charming and well-meaning family and neighbors, Lucy attempts the proper path and engages herself to the very prim Cecil. Less-than-satisfied but encouraged by her spinster aunt, Lucy?s orderly world is thrown into disarray when George reappears in her life. A Room with a View features some of the most delightful characters in literature?the outlandish lady writer Eleanor Lavish, the ultimate snob?s snob Cecil, the truth-speaking clergyman Mr. Beebe, and the primmest and proper-est spinster Aunt Charlotte. These characters are cast to a tee in the 1986 film adaptation which stars some of the day?s great actors, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Daniel Day-Lewis. The scene where George Emerson meets Lucy?s brother Freddy is priceless?few films these days feature grown men skinny-dipping in a very small pond?

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