I still can't believe a man wrote something so insightful about like, the Fate of Womankind as em forster did in a room with a view in like, chapter four or something? I really expected more time to get into the story before my guy edward morgan hit me with BUT ALAS, THE CREATURE GROWS DEGENERATE. it sure does, edward! anyway this book says more about the nature of love, women's rights, social class differences, and the curious nuances of human interaction in 196 pages than most authors could manage in a thousand. plus it's fast-moving, clever, light-hearted, full of beautiful imagery, and often hilarious. read this instead of reading tolstoy or something. a solid 40% of anna karenina is just about farming, and that was supposed to be the steamy one.
I nice little story, with definite moments of brilliance. The characters are very real. And to this day people can still act like the stuffy Edwardian types in this novel. Everybody knows a Charlotte Bartlett in their lives and probably wants to kill her.
Some good quotes sprinkled throughout, but never really painted a picture in my mind and the plot was lost on me on parts. Not my particular cup of tea.
I don't know why I didn't like this book. I don't have much to say. The plot was okay, the characters were great, but the whole thing together just seemed bland to me. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was doing some in-depth studying on it in school.
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I read this book years ago and it was an interesting look at the strict Edwardian rules of society. I'm rereading it and it stands up well to the test of time
Edwardian England was a prim and proper era with little time for the real passions of real people. But when young Lucy Honeychurch has a romantic encounter with George Emerson (the son of a free-speaking Socialist?shocking!) in a flower-filled field in Italy, she faces precisely that dilemma?follow convention or follow her heart. Back home in England, surrounded by her charming and well-meaning family and neighbors, Lucy attempts the proper path and engages herself to the very prim Cecil. Less-than-satisfied but encouraged by her spinster aunt, Lucy?s orderly world is thrown into disarray when George reappears in her life. A Room with a View features some of the most delightful characters in literature?the outlandish lady writer Eleanor Lavish, the ultimate snob?s snob Cecil, the truth-speaking clergyman Mr. Beebe, and the primmest and proper-est spinster Aunt Charlotte. These characters are cast to a tee in the 1986 film adaptation which stars some of the day?s great actors, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Daniel Day-Lewis. The scene where George Emerson meets Lucy?s brother Freddy is priceless?few films these days feature grown men skinny-dipping in a very small pond?
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