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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (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: #328,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* Juliet Stevenson's narration is perfect...Forster couldn't be better served. The Oldie * Lucy's world comes to life through Juliet Stevenson's narration. Audiofile Magazine * Juliet Stevenson's reading is as perfect as expected from such a renowned actress. New Books Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A classic tale of British middle-class love which displays Forster's skill in contrasting British sensibilities with those of other cultures. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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This review applies to the Kindle version only. Forster's a wonderful writer, this is a good story, but the Kindle format is lousy, the font is very light. Googling this it appears it's a Topaz font which is used on books long out of print. IOW, it's cheap scan. It was also only 99 cents, but even so ...
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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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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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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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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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