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A Room with a View Paperback – Jul 22 2005
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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 assumed I would like this book but I really didnt. Also, this format was not fun to read on. It was enormous and the writing was pretty tiny for the size of the page.Published 1 month ago by mmcuber
I expected a properly bound book. I received something that would be more appropriately described as a magazine in terms of its binding, but with cheaper paper. Never again.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Certainly not a spellbinder. Never finished it, as everytime I picked it up and started reading I got sleepy. wouldn't recommend it.Published on Feb. 2 2014 by Alice Wile
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 morePublished on Feb. 1 2013 by Reader's Remarks
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 morePublished on June 18 2003 by Plume45
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 morePublished on April 7 2002 by Ellen