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This review is from: Howards End (Hardcover)
"only connect" the overriding message that flows through this work of genius. a stunning novel, which deserves every bit of praise i can give it.
The Schlegal sisters, Margaret and Helen, two very bohemian liberal english women of german decent, who have an "affinity to literature and art". they pride themselves on their abstract life and love of anything artistic. both are good willed and seek only the wealth of knowledge gained by "only Connect"ing with everything. they live in comfort in london society, until a confused love affair with Paul Wilcocks on Helens part starts a chain of events that shock beyond anything ive ever read.
The Wilcocks, a family of english pride, of propriety and straight thinking, who are simple straightforward and self involved. they lack the Schlegal ability to "connect" and thus are the complete opposite of the Schlegals, save only Mrs Wilcocks, whose affinity to her house Howard's End, connects with Margarets love of beauty and life.
Leonard Bast, a man who is poor, and really wants to better himself, and become a man who connects in the same way the schlegals do. he becomes a protoge of Helens.
and the house, The ever prevelent "Howards End" the house itself. presiding over life, showing perhaps that it is the only enduring thing within the novel is property, or love of a home.
the confluence of all three create an electric drama that criticises the very nature of the english class system. with a winding plot beyond imagination, Forster creates a work so beautiful, so magnetic, so relevent 80 years on that i didnt sleep the first time i picked this up.
Read it, the beauty and dreadful sadness of this piece, combinde with the overbearing society that rages through the ever symbolic london and centrally the house itself "Howard's End" , creates a literary tour-de-force, unparralelled in edwardian literature.
in my opinion the defining work of this period. also, watch the film with emma thompson, almost word for word adaptation, unmissable.
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