A Room with a View Paperback – Jul 22 2005
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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.
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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.See all Product Description
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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 8 days 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 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished 7 months ago by musico
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2014 by Granite in a stream
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
This is an amazing romantic book that presents life in a lighthearted manner with some of its pitfalls and disappointments. Read morePublished on March 3 2013 by Boyko Ovcharov
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