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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!
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.
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.
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I found this book more challenging than Howard's End. Our 20th century culture is so very different. Read morePublished 6 days ago by margaret priestaf
Also a great movie. Florence scenes are so realistically described. It's like being there.Published 24 days ago by Helen A. Roman
I should start out by saying I am NOT a fan of Jane Austen or the whole "comedy of manners" oeuvre. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rachel Hillen
A window into how people, at least English gentry, thought about romantic love and morality. It may seem so dated as to be unreal to modern readers, but for me it brings back the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carole Sue Taylor
Read it then watch the movie! You will love the rendition of O Mio Babino Caro!Published 2 months ago by Lindy
My favourite E M Forster. Perfectly constructed, beautiful characterisation. I never get tired of it!Published 3 months ago by Booklover
BE AWARE: The Sample audible narration tied to this kindle edition IS read by B.J. Harrison. The actual accompanying narration delivered to your device is read by Joanna David. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Johnos
While reading chapter 5, I found myself flinging the book from me. I just couldn't care about the characters.Published 3 months ago by classiclover