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This Kindle edition is atrocious - it is missing entire passages. I think it is only sections involving quotes from another work; I stopped reading because I didn't want to spoil the pleasure in re-reading this wonderful book.
Same problem with the Kindle edition of Howards' End, btw. In that case, actual narrative seemed to be missing.
Under no circumstances will Miss Bartlett allow Lucy to pursue (or even examine) her affection for the handsome young George Emerson--his father is far too unconventional with his modern notions about honesty and freethinking. Duty must reign . . . mustn't it? Ah, that wild transitional phase between the late-Victorians and the early-Moderns!
Forster writes gently and calmly, but with a passion for life and love welling up beneath the surface. A ROOM WITH A VIEW is a lovely book, vital with the force of a sensitive and empathetic mind. There's even more to this book than it seems--highly recommended!
The title gives away some of the content - the main heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, needs to get away from the stuffy atmosphere of late Victorian England in which she was brought up - the symbol of which is for EMF the room. Her escape takes place in stages - the first of them is her trip to Italy where she finds landscapes and people most different from those she was accustomed to. It is also there that she meets the man she falls in love with, George Emerson. Yet these changes come too quickly for her. Lucy yields to the demands of her chaperone and escapes back to England, finding on the way a more appropriate suitor, Cecil Vyse.
When the three young people meet again in England, a fight for Lucy's soul begins anew. Lucy has to decide whether she prefers Cecil who will keep her under his protection in his house as a work of art for others to admire, or George with whom she will have to face the challenges of the world but be free.
What is the lesson for us today in a world where there are neither chaperones nor stage-coaches? We also must make similar decisions - choose freedom which always comes at a cost or safety for which we must pay with our soul. We choose between being true to ourselves or satisfying the demands of others. Lucy's adventures may serve as a perfect food for thought for those facing seemingly dissimilar but actually very similar decisions. It is the more valuable as Forster does not show easy decisions or easy solutions. The happy ending never comes free and yet still it is worth striving for.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend the movie over the novel, as the narrative form of the movie is far superior in telling the story over the actual novel. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Joe
Since this book was from a well known author (but this is the first of his I have read) I guess I expected more To me the plot was a little "fuzzy". Read morePublished 19 days ago by Sue B P
To me A Room With a View is a Victorian era romance that transcends the genre. The details of life in this era are well drawn one can imagine what it was like back then.Published 1 month ago by Ricky Kimsey
Loved it. I really enjoyed reading it. Perspective and vocabulary are great.Published 2 months ago by Natalia Kiriczuk
This is truly writing from the Victorian Era. Such minutiae. It is hard to have sympathy for people who were so politically correct. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Looking for the Rainbow
Intriguing writing style. Paints very detailed pictures of both characters and surroundings. Feels like poetryPublished 3 months ago by B. Reddy