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Howards End Paperback – October 23, 2013

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ISBN-13: 978-1619492882 ISBN-10: 1619492881

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About the Author

Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879. He wrote six novels, four of which appeared before the First World War, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), and Howard's End (1910). An interval of fourteen years elapsed before he published A Passage to India. It won both the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Maurice, his novel on a homosexual theme, finished in 1914, was published posthumously in 1971. He also published two volumes of short stories; two collections of essays; a critical work, Aspects of the Novel; The Hill of Devi, a fascinating record of two visits Forster made to the Indian State of Dewas Senior; two biographies; two books about Alexandria (where he worked for the Red Cross in the First World War); and, with Eric Crozier, the libretto for Britten's opera Billy Budd. He died in June 1970.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Forster Press (October 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619492881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619492882
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Love Historical Fiction on February 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am writing this review weeks after finishing the book. So please excuse the generalization. Although I found the prose to be beautiful, the story line was slow moving. I understand this was written during a different era, so perhaps this would have been considered a page turner nearly a century ago. However, it was interesting to compare society's perceptions of infidelity and having a baby out of wedlock during Forster's time to those of today. Really, things are really not that different!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Lit Witch on February 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Howards End is a look at the philosophical and socioeconomic state of England prior to World War I. It is essentially told from three points of view: 1). The Schlegel family, wealthy and progressive with socialist ideals, 2). The Wilcox family , wealthy, "old school" traditionalists, and 3). Leonard Bast, a lower middle class young man seeking to better himself both culturally and socially. Slowly their stories (both past and present) become intertwined and their varying opinions are thrown into stark relief... sometimes in surprising ways. All the while, periodic philosophical discussions take place about wealth, society, gender equality, death. Meh.

While it makes for an interesting study of the society and ideals of the time, the essential lack of plot in Howards End left me yawning my way through much it. There wasn't even enough witty dialogue to make up for the lack of action. On Beauty at least had some killer dialogue. As was the case with On Beauty, there is a huge cast of characters, some of whom are well-developed and many of whom barely exist beyond their names and basic relationship to the others. Margaret and Helen, whom the story tends center around, are the only fully developed characters. The others came off as flat and one dimensional. While Howards End made for an interesting period study, its limited characterization and even more limited plot still made it an essentially unsatisfying read.

The Bottom Line: I know it's a classic, but Howards End did very little for me. Mildly interesting at best.

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This is more than a novel, it is an exploration of England during the time of 1910. You should read it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction on August 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I felt it has the most to say of almost any of Forster's books. The theme is clear and powerful, and the characters are wonderfully represented. But, on the other, I also feel this is one of the least cohesive of his books. It rambles, even swerves. To convey so thoughtful a theme, it could have benefited from a much tighter plot.
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