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A Room with a View [Paperback]

E. M. Forster
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Jan. 1 2005 9781420925432 978-1420925432
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.

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I loved it. My first intimation of the possibilities of fiction -- Zadie Smith He says, and even more implies, things that no other novelist does, and we can go on reading Forster indefinitely The Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England. A charming young English woman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson--who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist--Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor, and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion. The enduring delight of this tale of romantic intrigue is rooted in Forster's colorful characters, including outrageous spinsters, pompous clergymen and outspoken patriots. Written in 1908, A Room With A View is one of E.M. Forster's earliest and most celebrated works. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, witty, insightful June 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wonderful book, wonderful movie, wonderful book-on-tape.
This classic by E. M. Forster is full of wicked humor that punctures the 19th century English class system. Superb cameo pieces. The character development is subtle and sure, beginning with our heroine traveling to Italy with her maiden aunt as chaperone. There, in a pensione, she meets an iconoclastic father and son, honest, rough-hewn, plain-spoken, who insist upon trading rooms when they overhear the prim aunt complaining that she booked a room with a view. It, of course, becomes a metaphor for room to view life as a whole, without prejudice, in all its wonderful complexity.
Don't miss this excellent book by this excellent author. Then read all his others, if you haven't already done so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Universe doesn't fit April 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is still a classic. The fact that this book can still be entertaining nearly a hundred years after it's conception is testament enough to it's quality. It's the story of Lucy, struggling to find a comfortable place in adulthood, struggling to understand herself, struggling with the jarring influences of the unhappy people that surround her. And then she meets Mr. Emerson and his son George. Mr. Emerson is an old man who is disliked among the society folk because his kindness is more genuine than tactful. And his son George, raised free of all the prejudices and narrow-mindedness that plague nearly all the people he meets, is depressed because the universe doesn't seem to fit.
Learning to love a pair like the Emersons would seem to be easy for Lucy, but that is the struggle of this whole novel, how she creates such a muddle out of a simple thing and ends up, for the first time in her life, to begin to see clearly.
Forster finds a nice balance in this novel - engaging plot, unique and well-developed characters, and a fair dose of philosophy to lighten the burdens of your mind (all good philosophy should lighten your mind instead of weighing it down).
I would recommend this book on the simple fact that Mr. Emerson is, in many of his traits, the type of human being we should all strive to become(good-hearted, thought-provoking, devoted to expanding his mind instead of narrowing it, welcoming to all, poetic and deep). That alone recommends it. This may not be Forster's best, but it's one of them, and is more than worth the time (I finished it in three days, awfully fast, hungry for more when it was done).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated Plot That Goes Nowhere June 27 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I hate to be the one to write a bad review about this book, however I feel there is a lot of hype surrounding this classic that is not deserved. The plot is fairly simple, and very similar to that of Romeo and Juliet. The girl loves a rogue, but her parents want her to marry the spectacular man they like. Etc. Some scenes in this Edwardian book I agree or slightly amusing, but it is not worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a Sappy Book! Feb. 3 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you like Dirty Harry, Terminator or Rocky, don't read this book!!! This book will lull you to sleep. On the plus side, it is written extremely well, but that does not make it easy to read. Skip this one and go on to The Great Gatsby.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read, a little dated Feb. 28 2014
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This novel is a pleasant read and a fairly good story, and while the plot is fairly universal and timeless, the style of writing seems a bit dated. Particularly in the first half of the novel, the story drags on in unnecessary details and introductions of characters who have no real bearing on the plot. Then there is the sudden introduction of Cecil in the middle of the book, who had only been mentioned in passing before and at once is engaged to Lucy without any exploration of how their relationship developed to the point that they became engaged.
It's kind of interesting how the relationship between Lucy and George is actually discussed very little, only their brief meetings touched on just as briefly, and yet one does get a sense of how they felt for each other.
It's good. Not my favorite, but worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice edition of a classic Feb. 24 2014
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This beautiful pocket-sized book tells the story of a young woman searching for freedom and her own identity. This "Bildungsroman" is a must-have in every library!
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2.0 out of 5 stars a snoozer Feb. 2 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Certainly not a spellbinder. Never finished it, as everytime I picked it up and started reading I got sleepy. wouldn't recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Room with a View March 3 2013
By Boyko Ovcharov TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an amazing romantic book that presents life in a lighthearted manner with some of its pitfalls and disappointments. The story itself involves several generations and portrays the contrast between two main cultures and lifestyles; one in the West, that is Britain, the other one in the south laid-back Mediterranean Europe, namely, Italy. The protagonist, a young lady, searches new experiences and heads for an adventure, whereas her older companions strive to make her think before she leaps, speak wisely and counsel her. So far, it looks as if their life is as it should be. However, things are not always as they seem at firts. The narrative takes some twists and turns and eventually the so-called generation gap starts to diminish, while the moral values are more or less reevaluated. Whether there is a happy end, you should look forward to finding out for yourselves! By all means, it is an excellent read, bearing in mind the book's enjoyable and immaculate language and style as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly enjoyable classic
The film starring Helena Bonham Carter in the role of Lucy Honeychurch is one of my favorites, and having watched it several times, I decided to read the book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Reader's Remarks
3.0 out of 5 stars The Florentine Effect
Forster's turn-of-the-century novel about British snobbery opens in the Renaissance mecca of Florence, Italy, where middle-class tourists clash with both passionate natives and... Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by Plume45
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Although I don't know many people who have read this book, I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in great literature. Read more
Published on April 7 2002 by E. M. Rhudy
3.0 out of 5 stars a beautifully written, not very intesting drone
I didn't like this book. Short, written as gorgeously as anything else Forster wrote, there just isn't anything worthwhile going on. Read more
Published on March 5 2002 by asphlex
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel for the ages
As a gentle comedy of pre World War I manners and sensibilities, set in Florence and England, E. M. Forster's "A Room With a VIew" is a 20th century masterpiece. Read more
Published on March 1 2002 by R. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!
Reading this book is a joy. The prose is beautiful, and the characters are interesting. But the most wonderful aspect is Forster's breathtaking descriptions of first the Italian,... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Room for improvement
In modern terms, E.M. Forster's "A Room with a View" is a romantic comedy, and as such, it follows the typical formula of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2001 by A.J.
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