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Where Angels Fear to Tread

Where Angels Fear to Tread [Kindle Edition]

E. M. Forster
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A classic novel, irresistibly repackaged for Christmas.

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Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) is a novel by E. M. Forster, originally entitled Monteriano. The title comes from a line in Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism: "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 246 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470156571
  • Publisher: Start Classics (1 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant character development 31 July 2001
By A Customer
It was not so much the plot of the book that I enoyed, though there is an interesting twist at the end, but the way I became involved with the characters. They were fully rounded in their prudish, snobbish, selfimportant English ways and I enjoyed disliking them. It was interesting to see the development of the main male character, Philip, while he still desperately tried to hold onto his old self. Forster captures perfectly the pomposity of the upper classes at that time and makes you read on to enjoy the ridiculousness of their behaviour until tragedy strikes. Despite being written at the turn of the last century its still extremely readable today and an excellent insight into the thought processes and personalities of the characters in the book, so much so that you become very involved in their actions. I think this book would appeal to all and was suprised how much I enjoyed it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fools rush in.... 25 Feb 2004
By Mrs. A. C. Whiteley VINE VOICE
If you have ever felt frustrated by the petty vagaries of human behaviour, or the idiocy of certain societal taboos or customs, then you will warm to Forster's theme at once. In a mere 142 pages, he deftly exposes the class-ridden snobbery of the English society of his time, and the racism with which it appears to be inevitably coupled - a product, no doubt of the colonialism and imperialism from which we have yet, still, to recover. That this stains the beauty of quintessential Englishness is perhaps one reason for Forster's love-hate relationship for England and the fact that he spent so much of his time abroad (the taboo which he struggled with, and felt persecuted for, being his homosexuality).
The novel is a wonderful evocation of the minutiae of family bickering and arguments which are still relevant and highly recognisable today. (The bullying mother and slightly too weak, compliant son, for example). Analysis of the way that society represses the individual and the conflict between what you want to do and what society expects of you was to become a recurring theme in his novels.
His title is taken from Pope's 'An Essay on criticism' (1711), where the full line is `For fools rush in where angels fear to tread'. Indeed, most of the characters who people this perceptive novel appear foolish in the extreme, especially to our early twenty-first century eyes. For example, one could consider the headstrong and impulsive Lilia, packed off to Italy for a year with a chaperone by her husband's family in the hope that she will return 'not quite so vulgar' one of these rushing fools. Certainly her meeting and marriage of the unemployed (and son of a dentist, shock horror!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, no! Not an Italian! 30 April 1999
By A Customer
Enjoyed this book much more than the better-known A Room with a View. It's wiser, wryer, wittier and more thoughtful. A rebellious but very wealthy and young English lady travelling in Italy falls in love at first sight with an Italian of lesser social standing - much to the chagrin of her family at home. They marry and she dies during childbirth. Members of her family come to Italy to claim the baby - with comic, tragic, ironic and romantic results. Lots of lovely lines. Forster is a brilliant satirist of suburban English xenophobic society. But as in many British novels of the time the characters don't really become warm and breathing. Interesting quote: "It is mortifying to think that a widow of thirty-three requires a girl ten years younger to look after her."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book - shame about the production 12 Dec 2010
Others have more than capably reviewed Forster's novel elsewhere. This is a review, not of the novel, but of Hodder and Stoughton's hideous edition. From the picture - and the price - you are probably expecting one of those lovely clothbound editions that Penguin seem to be producing for a number of their classics - or their beautifully presented new hardback editions of F Scott Fitzgerald. If you buy this, be prepared to be very disappointed. It's just not in the same league. The shoddy board cover is much the same as many of the school books I had in the 70s. It scuffs very quickly. The paper and binding inside is cheap and looks decidedly shoddy. This is a rip-off edition and Hodder and Stoughton should be ashamed of their avarice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental human clashes 12 Aug 2010
E.M. Forster's novel has the same theme as `Daisy Miller' by H. James (the cultural clash between the vitality of Italy and Western upper-class morals). But what a difference a book makes! James's book doesn't reach the ankles of Forster's one, which is a profound meditation on society and man.

Parents/children clash
`For a wonderful physical tie binds the parents to the children. (But) it doesn't bind us children to our parents. For if we could answer their love with equal love, life would lose much of its pathos and much of its squalor.'

Culture-vitality clash
The English family morals are based on `having' and `appearing', not on `being': `If Lilia was determined to disgrace us, she might have found a less repulsive way. A boy of medium height with a pretty face, the son of a dentist at Monteriano. May I surmise that he has not got a penny? May I surmise that his social position is nil?'
The Italian family morals are based on `this one desire to become the father of a man like himself ... his son should have sons like him, to people the earth. Falling in love was a mere physical triviality, like warm sun or cool water.'
The most attractive (`for all her goodness') English protagonist, Caroline, cannot even understand this desire, `though such a thing is more within the comprehension of women.'(!)
In this sense, the English upper-class is doomed.

A devastating portrait
This book is a devastating portrait of the English upper-class and, concomitantly of England's ruling elite.
The male protagonist, Philip, is the personification of the perfect dilettante: `No one save himself had been trivial.' In a murder attempt, stealing children and death by accident, he sees only `wonderful things that happened'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars E M Forster's Italy
The writer evokes a sensitive and thoughtful past picture of complex relationships and eventual tragedy, reminding us of different values and attitudes not so very long ago. Read more
Published 22 days ago by g g harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless gem of a first novel
I re-read 'Where Angels Fear to Tread' every two or three years. Each reading reveals little details which I had either forgotten or not noticed before. Read more
Published 23 days ago by hemingway62
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable
I haven't read E. M. Forster before, which is surprising because I love reading the classics. But must say I really enjoyed it; so much so that I'm onto A Room With A View now. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gingerlily
5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into the English of the past
A great insight into how the English used to consider themselves so superior to the Europeans - and perhaps still do!
Published 12 months ago by L. Rosswick
2.0 out of 5 stars A Tragedy
I saw this book advertised as a comedy, and thought it would be a good holiday read. However, although the writing is good, with a strong atmosphere of Italy, I found the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by michelle ann
3.0 out of 5 stars Great character development, but it just didnt move me
I always seem to struggle with Forster's work and I don't really know why. His style is eminently readable and well crafted, his characters are generally well rounded and develop... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by Stracs
5.0 out of 5 stars E.M Forster's debut
An outstanding debut novel from E.M.Forster that The Guardian review in 1905 called "protest against the worship of conventionalities, and especially against the conventionalities... Read more
Published on 13 July 2011 by D. J. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling in Love in Italy
Widowed Lilia is sent away to Italy by her wealthy, uptight in-laws in order to forestall a possible inappropriate attachment, but while in Tuscany, falls in love an even more... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by Bob Ventos
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Angels Fear to Tread
This book was a truly compelling book to read,the descriptive writing of the characters and story line took the reader into the story, understanding the feelings and emotions of... Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best.
'Where Angels Fear To Tread' was another Forster novel to tick off the list for me; I'm beginning an English degree in a year's time and this novel is one I have left until last. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by Glenn Chapman
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