A ROOM WITH A VIEW BOOK
A Room with a View is a novel by English writer E. M. Forster, about a young woman in . While visiting the Emersons Mr Beebe contemplates the numerous books strewn around. "I fancy they know how to read – a rare accomplishment. A Room with a View book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. But you do, he went on, not waiting for contradiction. You.. . A Room with a View / Howards End book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Wit and intelligence are the hallmarks of these t.
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Forster was only twenty-nine years old when he published A Room with a View in He had already published two books,Where Angels Fear to Tread. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster. No cover available. A Room with a View, first published in and considered by many to . a character – but there is so much I could say about the book and the.
Two of the characters are symbols of those two extremes.
Lucy Honeychurch's entourage, especially her cousin Charlotte Bartlett, would like to keep Lucy on the side of the sedate. George Emerson and his father would like Lucy to step over into their own more dynamic world. I was reminded of Virginia Woolf's Night and Day which offers similar contrasts and challenges and a similarly nuanced resolution.
I was unsure about what destiny Forster actually wanted for his main characters. According to the introduction, he wrote two different outcomes though only one exists today.
However, in the end, it is as if the characters resolve the situation for themselves. Leonardo's 'Annunciation' in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence : and one of Michelangelo's unfinished 'imprisoned slaves' now in the Academia Gallery, Florence : For some further thoughts on how Forster merges his story with the art of Florence, see my review of The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini.
I read both Forster's and Cellini's books while visiting the Tuscan capital last month and found interesting parallels between them. Yes, it has little value in itself.
It's value lies only in the way it serves th David wrote: "The red book in the garden sounds like a MacGuffin. It's value lies only in the way it serves the plot. It was a book by a woman incidentally - and Forster had no compunction about making it a rubbishy book. I smiled at that! That's an amazing contrast.
I like David, of course, but I think the unfinished work feels that Carol. I like David, of course, but I think the unfinished work feels that much more powerful, kind of like the incomplete statues from ancient Greece Whereas the David leaves us nothing further to imagine. It is all too complete in its cool perfection already.
It would seem that the whole earth lay before them, not as a map, but as a chess-board, whereon they continually behold the changing pieces as well as the squares. Any one can find places, but the finding of people is a gift from God. Family trips to Disney World would not fall in this category.
Nor would my latest adventures 4. They enjoy themselves so much they end up splashing in and out of the pond, and running around it and through the bushes, until Lucy, her mother, and Cecil come upon them, having taken a short-cut through the woods.
Freddy later invites George to play tennis at Windy Corner. Although Lucy is initially mortified at the thought of facing both George and Cecil who is also visiting Windy Corner that Sunday , she resolves to be gracious.
Cecil annoys everyone by pacing around and reading aloud from a light romance novel that contains a scene suspiciously reminiscent of when George kissed Lucy in Florence.
George catches Lucy alone in the garden and kisses her again. Lucy realises that the novel is by Miss Lavish the writer-acquaintance from Florence and that Charlotte must thus have told her about the kiss.
Furious with Charlotte for betraying her secret, Lucy forces her cousin to watch as she tells George to leave and never return. George argues with her, saying that Cecil only sees her as an "object for the shelf" and will never love her enough to grant her independence, while George loves her for who she is.
Lucy is moved but remains firm. Later that evening, after Cecil again rudely declines to play tennis, Lucy sees Cecil for what he is and immediately breaks off her engagement.
She decides to flee to Greece with acquaintances from her trip to Florence, but shortly before her departure she accidentally encounters Mr Emerson senior.
He is not aware that Lucy has broken her engagement with Cecil, and Lucy cannot lie to the old man. Mr Emerson, with his open, honest talk, strips away her defences and forces Lucy to admit out loud that she has been in love with his son George all along.
The novel ends in Florence, in melodramatic fashion, where George and Lucy have eloped without her mother's consent. However, Lucy has learned that Charlotte knew that Mr. Emerson was at Mr. Beebe's that fateful day, and did not discourage or keep her from going in and encountering him. Although Lucy "had alienated Windy Corner, perhaps for ever", the story ends with the promise of lifelong love for both her and George.
Appendix[ edit ] In some editions, an appendix to the novel is given entitled "A View without a Room", written by Forster in as to what occurred between Lucy and George after the events of the novel. It is Forster's afterthought of the novel, and he quite clearly states that "I cannot think where George and Lucy live. George became a conscientious objector and lost his government job.
He was given non-combatant duties to avoid prison. This left Mrs Honeychurch deeply upset with her son-in-law. Mr Emerson died during the war, shortly after having a confrontation with police over Lucy's playing the music of a German composer, Beethoven , on the piano. Eventually the couple had three children, two girls and a boy, and moved to Carshalton from Highgate to find a home. Despite their wanting to move into Windy Corner after the death of Mrs Honeychurch, Freddy sold the house to support his family as he was "an unsuccessful but prolific doctor".
After the outbreak of the Second World War , George immediately enlisted as he saw the need to stop Hitler and the Nazi regime , but was not faithful to Lucy during his time at war.
Lucy was left homeless after her flat in Watford was bombed and the same happened to her married daughter in Nuneaton. George rose to the rank of corporal but was taken prisoner by the Italians in Africa.
Once the fascist government in Italy fell, George returned to Florence. Finding it "in a mess", he was unable to find the Pension Bertolini, stating "the View was still there" and that "the room must be there, too, but could not be found.
Arthur Beebe London, England Florence Italy. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 03, Sharone rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh, friends. There is only one word to describe my experience reading this book: But because you know I can't resist the opportunity to say more than one word, I won't stop there.
A Room with a View is deeply satirical, and yet the characters manage to be real people rather than one-dimensional conduits for the author's social criticisms. Forster's voice and humor are subtle without being sly, and he draws you into the inner lives of his characters in a way that feels so natural it's Oh, friends. Forster's voice and humor are subtle without being sly, and he draws you into the inner lives of his characters in a way that feels so natural it's hardly noticeable.
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Forster truly sees his characters, and he makes you feel that you see and instantly comprehend them too, in spite of their complexity. It seemed like every paragraph I read, I wanted to post part or all of it somewhere for others to share and appreciate, but I was afraid that once started, I'd be unable to stop. Even though it's short and sweet, Forster packs in fabulous scenery, murders, scandals and gossip, people getting comeuppances, characters you love and characters you hate, characters that you hate and then love, and vice versa.
I warned you I'd gush over this book - I mean really. Every time I read just a little bit of it, I slip right back into that world and I'm tempted to just drop everything and read it again--and it's so short that it could easily be done.
Gosh, I could go on and on, using any and all of these words: So enjoyable that I just flew right through it. Oh, and romantic. Terribly, meltingly, giddily romantic. So go read it already.
Come on, it'll take you five minutes -- at least, it will feel that way. That, to me, makes A Room with a View just the best kind of book. Mar 27, Rae rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is the delightful story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young woman who eventually accepts responsibility for her own life and marries a man whose sense of freedom reminds her of a room with a view. The movie version of the book is charming and faithful to the story and despite an amusing river bathing scene in which there is full male nudity is rated PG.
Rooms stand for social conventions, deadening by themselves--views for naturalness, freedom, whatever makes it possible for the spirit to breathe and expand. Fabulous pair of stories!
Jun 11, Nadhirah rated it liked it. Howards End I really didn't enjoy this one. There were so many themes cramped into this very short novel that I felt like I needed an English teacher looking over my shoulders explaining things to me. Henry Wilcox and his son, Charlie are the epitome of upper-class snobbery. They think the lower-class uneducated, lazy, and crude. They think that men are superior to women, reflected in the way Henry treats Margaret he thinks she's inte Separate reviews for Howards End and A Room with a View below: They think that men are superior to women, reflected in the way Henry treats Margaret he thinks she's intelligent but should be left at that lest she becomes unladylike , and the way they laugh at Dolly who's merely a bimbo to them.
Margaret and Helen Schlegel are also rich but they're idealists and aware of their privilege. Helen has a distorted sense of duty to the poor that manifests in her trying to force her help onto the lower-class the Basts even when they don't want it. Margaret, on the other hand, transforms into a submissive woman, who thinks she can change Henry but unconsciously becomes his enabler.
Meanwhile, Leonard Bast represents the lower-class; his only desire is to have intellectual conversations with the Schlegel sisters but instead finds unsolicited help being foisted onto him. He is proud even when thrown into desperate situations. While I appreciate the literary merit of this novel, in the end I really struggled to keep my interest especially in the long-winded passages of reflection that came too close to becoming stream-of-consciousness writing a writing device I dislike.
A Room with a View Slightly more enjoyable. I thought Part 1 was draggy and a tad boring. Part 2 was much better especially when Lucy started taking control of her life. I found her outbursts against the patronizing people around her particularly satisfying. This novella is a dig at social class and English snobbery by way of a love story. Also made me realize the importance of being truthful to one's feelings.
And the ending was very beautiful. I understand why so many people love Forster. He was an intelligent writer and weaved social commentaries into his work deftly.
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But I honestly had to slog through these two stories and ultimately, I think his writing just isn't for me.
Jan 04, Larry rated it liked it. Also, I read the two books approximately 10 years apart. However, I found 'A Room with a View' to be a beautiful book filled with sharp observations upon society that are just as relevant today as they were when the book was written I assume.
While 'Howards End' also had some great writing and similarly acerbic observations on society, I found myself bored whilst reading it. Of course, this might have something to do with me being 19 when I read the first book and 29 when I read the second.
View 1 comment. Sep 01, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 10, Webcowgirl rated it really liked it. This is really a rating for Howard's End, as I only got the book to read it.
Forster has a great understanding of how people think and also shows us the limitation of the people of the time. He makes England sound so beautiful and yet it's also a nostalgic looking backward at a time when there was more beautiful countryside A truly enjoyable read and a rich, rich book. It has made me sad, though, because it's so completely aware of how transient our lives are a This is really a rating for Howard's End, as I only got the book to read it.
It has made me sad, though, because it's so completely aware of how transient our lives are and how frequently we just fail to be kind and loving to each other, and what a tragedy this is. We may not all manage to be great, but can we at least manage to be kind? Jan 31, Jasmine Pope rated it liked it.
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It was more educational than entertaining. By that I mean, I got a glimpse into past culture and a good look at a complex writing style. Again, I appreciate the work and this story was likely striking at the time.
It just was really hard for me to keep with it on this one. For me, it was educational not entertaining. Review to follow soon. Decent and interesting if not my favorite. Nov 15, reneeNaDaBomb rated it liked it Shelves: Romantic and classic book that shows the upper class values as opposed to the lower class.
Love still rules in these two stories. May 20, Realini rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Room with a View by E.
That is because I have finished listening to it again. This time, it was a BBC production. An adapted, abbreviated version. Generally, this is to be avoided. When the original is an acclaimed masterpiece, it is wrong to go to an abridged format.
But one cannot listen to or read War and Peace so many times. Actually, I intend to listen to a BBC version of the mentioned chef d'oeuvre and a good deal more. Hearing again the story is generally a good entertainment. It does flop, like the recently heard Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, that had Elizabeth McGovern spoiling my pleasure with her artificial, over the top efforts. A Room with a View has a somewhat simple story line.
Without giving details out, a man falls in love with a girl in the sensational setting of the Italian countryside near Florence. Or maybe it all started with A Room with a View Lucy Honeychurch, the main female character is talking to her companion, Charlotte Bartlett about their room in this pensione of Florence.
Charlotte is a rather artificial, pretentious character in the first place, but may take an unexpected turn later in the story. She is complaining that they have no view.I was unsure about what destiny Forster actually wanted for his main characters.
Part 2 was much better especially when Lucy started taking control of her life. Forster 3 15 Nov 26, There's tons of deeper analytical stuff about the role of women in society, class divisions, Fate vs. For a moment he contemplated her, as one who had fallen out of heaven.
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