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A Room with a View Paperback – Jul 22 2005

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: (Jan. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781420925432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420925432
  • ASIN: 1420925431
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BBC's dramatization of Forster's comedy of manners about English tourists in an Italian pensione boasts a superb cast directed in the "Masterpiece Theatre" manner by Glyn Dearman. The production's personality reflects house style more than Forster's, though dramatist Wade admirably uses radio's capacity to communicate the inner life of the characters. The producer, however, makes no use of radio's ability to suggest atmosphere and place; the soundscape is utilitarian and unconvincing. On the other hand, the acting is sheer music, especially the delicious impersonation of the eccentric novelist, Miss Lavish, by Barbara Jefford. Y.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.

About the Author

Edward Morgan Forster (E. M. Forster) was an English novelist, short-story writer and essayist. Born in 1879, Forster is known for his examination of how class difference and hypocrisy in British society during the beginning of the twentieth century influenced personal connections. These themes are best represented in his novels A Room with a View, A Passage to India, and Howard s End. Forster died of a stroke in 1970 at the age of 91.

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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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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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I was greatly impressed by the grasp that this male author had on the sometimes vague nature of emotion - his understanding, especially of women and their emotions, may stem from the fact that his father died soon after he was born and he was raised by his mother and two other women. This book is amazing, not only for the statement that it makes about women and their changing role in society at the time, but for it's great insight into the important aspects of life. For example, (and this is a running theme throughout the book)in the words of a little old lady at the pension: " ...have you ever noticed that there are people who do things which are most indelicate, and yet at the same time - beautiful?" This philosophy of life highlights Forster's obvious favor of Lucy's brother Freddy and George Emerson - the silly ones who go for a romping swim in a pond - and makes plain his disfavor for Cecil Vyce, Lucy's stiff and condescending intended. This philosophy of life comes to full fruition when George kisses Lucy and even dares to kiss her again. By the rules of society, he is an indecent cad, but Forster would encourage us to find the beauty in it instead. Furthermore, this is not merely a story of a brainless girl who is tossed from an unfeeling fiance to an affectionate suitor. Rather, it is a story of a girl's realization of herself and her will. She triumphs as a thinking and feeling girl at the end and that's what makes the finale a sure victory for the author - he has not fallen into the usual trap of creating a two dimensional heroine.
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After having suffered through many works of modern British fiction (including "London Fields" and "To the Lighthouse") for a class, it was a joy to go and read an author who was inexplicably passed over in such a course, perhaps simply because the novel either had too much of a plot or too much class, style, and insight to be considered "modern". Forster's tale is almost Austen-like in its setup - a doting woman whose only concern seems to be just that: doting on others, especially other women. What follows is a tale full of astute criticism of the culture and social norms of the day, as well as a story that gives some insight into the views of the author, which in my view are ones that fall into the realm of secular humanism that is antagonistic to religious organizations. As someone who is not of that view, I still did not find the book or its contents or the author's viewpoints to be off-putting, even if they did come off as wry and a bit jaded towards religion in general. Overall, the book was an enjoyable, refreshing read that was well-written, breezy yet insightful and full of wisdom. If you are new to Forster, then you can hardly do wrong by purchasing this work.
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