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Where Angels Fear to Tread [Kindle Edition]

E. M. Forster
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Where Angels Fear to Tread, Forster's first novel published when he was only twenty-six, contains all the mastery of dialogue, humour and character displayed in his later work.

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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: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499338309
  • Publisher: Start Classics (1 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 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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4 of 4 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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The First Step in the Right Direction 19 Jan. 2008
The first novel written by E. M. Forster is a perfect introduction to his fiction. He is not yet a master so he will not frighten you off with his form and style but he will gently let you see the world the way he saw it. This relatively small and slight book can make a charming read if you are sensitive enough to detect delicate mood changes, notice off-hand remarks which reveal the true meaning of the story. The style and language alone make it worth your time.
And yet there is more to it. It is a book about "us" and "the other". Philosophers have pondered on the issue for years and brought hefty volumes of studies but Forster can make it without unnecessary ado. This history of an English widow who did not fit in affluent suburb and, when sent abroad, married an Italian youth only to become the victim of his macho ways will certainly make you think. The second part - the unfortunate family rescue operation sent to save a baby from being brought up in wrong faith and wrong part of the world will also be food for thought. Have we changed really? Are we ready to accept that other people's ways may be as good as ours? Forster leaves these questions unanswered and the ending open - you have to fill in the blanks of the novel and the way you see the world.
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice book to read.
Published 22 days ago by Anne Connolly
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as enjoyable as I had hoped. It is showing its age.
Published 2 months ago by moonraker
2.0 out of 5 stars Prceed with caution when reading book again after a long time
I read this years ago and remember enjoying it. Also. having re-read ' Room with a View and Howard's End recently and enjoyed them all over again, thought I was pretty safe with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by hextol
5.0 out of 5 stars Forster at his brilliant best.
E.M. Forster at his brilliant best.
Published 5 months ago by patricia shaw
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 5 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars All hail Mr Forster
Just love his books! I started with Maurice and have never looked back, i am a complete addict!
Published 5 months ago by Toby Macmillan
4.0 out of 5 stars English reserve melted by Italian emotion
As usual, some interesting insights into society's (or just the author's ) views on foreigners and relationships. Very enjoyable read.
Published 6 months ago by S HOLSTE
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old work
As usual Forster provides a great insight to a bygone era. A real delight to read and the characters are excellently created. Highly recomended
Published 7 months ago by John De Andres Cao
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 10 months 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 10 months ago by hemingway62
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