A Room With a View by E. M. Forster


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Oh, what a wonderful book this is. I think that between this and Howards End, I can safely add E.M. Forster to my list of favourite authors.
-Things Mean a Lot


One of E. M. Forster's most celebrated novels, "A Room With a View" is the story of a young English middle-class girl, Lucy Honeychurch. While vacationing in Italy, Lucy meets and is wooed by two gentlemen, George Emerson and Cecil Vyse. After turning down Cecil Vyse's marriage proposals twice Lucy finally accepts. Upon hearing of the engagement George protests and confesses his true love for Lucy. Lucy is torn between the choice of marrying Cecil, who is a more socially acceptable mate, and George who she knows will bring her true happiness. "A Room With a View" is a tale of classic human struggles such as the choice between social acceptance or true love.

About E. M. Forster

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Edward Morgan Forster was born on January 1, 1879, in London, England. He never knew his father, who died when Forster was an infant. Forster graduated from King's College, Cambridge, with B.A. degrees in classics (1900) and history (1901), as well as an M.A. (1910). In the mid-1940s he returned to Cambridge as a professor, living quietly there until his death in 1970. Forster was named to the Order of Companions of Honor to the Queen in 1953. Forster's writing was extensively influenced by the traveling he did in the earlier part of his life. After graduating from Cambridge, he lived in both Greece and Italy, and used the latter as the setting for the novels Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) and A Room with a View (1908). The Longest Journey was published in 1907. Howard's End was modeled on the house he lived in with his mother during his childhood. During World War I, he worked as a Red Cross Volunteer in Alexandria, aiding in the search for missing soldiers; he later wrote about these experiences in the nonfiction works Alexandria: A History and Guide and Pharos and Pharillon. His two journeys to India, in 1912 and 1922, resulted in A Passage to India (1924), which many consider to be Forster's best work; this title earned the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Forster wrote only six novels, all prior to 1925 (although Maurice was not published until 1971, a year after Forster's death, probably because of its homosexual theme). For much of the rest of his life, he wrote literary criticism (Aspects of the Novel) and nonfiction, including biographies (Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson), histories, political pieces, and radio broadcasts. Howard's End, A Room with a View, and A Passage to India have all been made into successful films.
Published December 18, 2014 by Some Good Press. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Education & Reference, Business & Economics, History, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Travel, Comics & Graphic Novels, Arts & Photography, Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Erotica, Gay & Lesbian, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Chelsae Hay on Jun 02 2011

Take this novel out to a park or botanical gardens, on a sunny day, and become emersed in the novel's imagery.

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Reviewed by Alice Ladkin on Jun 01 2011

Forster’s novel is beautifully written and is a story bursting with wit. The ingenious motifs, symbolic ideas and modernistic moments of revelation are hidden gems buried throughout the course of the novel...

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Reviewed by Olivia Just on Jul 12 2009

As I journeyed further into the novel, however, my deliberately studious intentions fell away as the warmth and charm seeping from the pages stole over me, much like the inherent allure of Italy steals over Lucy...

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Brothers Judd

Below average
on Sep 29 2014

Further, as we now know, this admonition must be read in light of Forster's own homosexuality, adding an altogether different cast to the call for discarding social convention. If you feel compelled to read Forster, I advise sticking to A Passage to India.

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Reviewed by Ana S. on Apr 30 2010

Oh, what a wonderful book this is. I think that between this and Howards End, I can safely add E.M. Forster to my list of favourite authors.

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Reviewed by Helen on Feb 12 2013

Published in 1908, A Room with a View was a perfect book to choose for the salon as it really does epitomise turn of the century society and a gradual move away from Victorian values into a freer, less socially constrained twentieth century.

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Reviewed by Lisa Hill on Sep 15 2013

Forster also tackles changing attitudes about religion, and there’s also a nice ambiguity about Charlotte’s motivations at the end, making this more than a rom-com, more than a comedy of manners.

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Reviewed by Stefanie on Nov 05 2012

Oh how I could ramble on and on about this book...Oh, and yes, it’s been ages since I have seen the movie but I think very soon I will have to remedy that.

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Reviewed by Jo on Mar 22 2012

My slight criticisms would be that certain parts were slightly laboured through my eyes as a contemporary reader and although I thoroughly enjoyed the romantic and uplifting conclusion, I guessed some of the plot twists before they occurred.

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Reviewed by Liz on Mar 19 2011

As I said above, I think this book is quite profound. It's full of religion, art, philosophy, and more. But if you miss it all, just take one little pearl of wisdom from it...

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