A Room With A View Paperback – 16 Sep 2008
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* Juliet Stevenson's narration is perfect...Forster couldn't be better served. The Oldie * Lucy's world comes to life through Juliet Stevenson's narration. Audiofile Magazine * Juliet Stevenson's reading is as perfect as expected from such a renowned actress. New Books Magazine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
A classic novel, irresistibly repackaged.
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The title gives away some of the content - the main heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, needs to get away from the stuffy atmosphere of late Victorian England in which she was brought up - the symbol of which is for EMF the room. Her escape takes place in stages - the first of them is her trip to Italy where she finds landscapes and people most different from those she was accustomed to. It is also there that she meets the man she falls in love with, George Emerson. Yet these changes come too quickly for her. Lucy yields to the demands of her chaperone and escapes back to England, finding on the way a more appropriate suitor, Cecil Vyse.
When the three young people meet again in England, a fight for Lucy's soul begins anew. Lucy has to decide whether she prefers Cecil who will keep her under his protection in his house as a work of art for others to admire, or George with whom she will have to face the challenges of the world but be free.
What is the lesson for us today in a world where there are no chaperones or stage-coaches? We also must make similar decisions - choose freedom which always comes at a cost or safety for which we must pay with our freedom. We choose between being true to ourselves or satisfying the demands of others. Lucy's adventures may serve as a perfect food for thought for those facing seemingly dissimilar but actually very similar decisions. It is the more valuable as Forster does not show easy decisions or easy solutions. The happy ending is never free and yet still worth striving for.
Written in the Edwardian Age before the First World War this book starts to show how society was gradually changing at that time, and which was the beginnings of our modern society. Written with a lightness of touch this in a way conceals the issues that arise here, such as independence, freedom of religious thought, politics, class structure, and the stiff upper lip. Both a social comedy, and a comedy of manners there is much to have a chuckle at. Right from the beginning with a father and son offering two women their hotel rooms as they have better views, we can see how the structure of society and etiquette is brought into question. We tend to forget that a hundred years ago society was much more rigid than it is today, which as shown here does lead to all sorts of situations that are funny. With romance thrown in as well this is well worth reading, by men and women and I hope that it gives you as much entertainment as I have got from this story over the years.
Forester writes about an England that is long gone . . . but not forgotten. The middle class has its wits and its respectability to defend itself from the vagaries of a challenging world. Naturally, the middle class prefers its own company and so-called manners are merely an excuse to keep everyone else at bay. The absurdity of this way of living is highlighted when Forester takes a young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch (don't you love that name?), off for a trip to Florence in the company of her maiden cousin, Charlotte, who also serves as chaperone.
A variety of English tourists are gathered in a small Italian pensione in Florence when Lucy and Charlotte arrive. Both women had asked for and been promised rooms with a view. Upon arrival, they got just the opposite. Complaining over dinner about this, two men, a father and his son, immediately offer to exchange rooms. This offer breaks most rules of good manners at the time, and the women turn down the kind, well-intentioned offer. Thus far can manners cause one to go against one's best interests. During their time in Florence, the women find themselves confounded and redirected by the honest helpfulness of the Emerson men. But the familiarity raises dangerous challenges for Lucy, and she flees their company.
The rest of the story looks at the consequences of the flight and focuses on Lucy's attempts to find a way of life that makes sense for her . . .Read more ›
One is given to think, as the novel closes, that the book marks the border between the old world of English manners and social rules and the new free-thinking twentieth century.
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Mr Darcy may have just been replaced with Mr George Emerson... well, almost!!! Love the setting in Italy. Forster's description makes me feel like I'm there.Published 4 days ago by ucycoo
I found this to have aged quite nicely. The portrait of the players survive s the passage of time and the gentle abuse of the class system and ^decent behaviour^ continues to do... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Combat Wombat
It has several typos here and there and an uncomfortably large format but I'm happy with the price I paid for it.Published 29 days ago by mv
Could see the characters as I read the book. If you've seen the film you will enjoy the book and vice versa.Published 1 month ago by Paula Bull
Good quality, unfortunately was for college to do work, i personally hate the storyPublished 2 months ago by Laura Jones
Excellent reading. Could not literally put it down. Great addition to my library. I love this book. Buy it folks. You won't regret it.Published 2 months ago by Sherrisse Lindsay
Not sure why I had never read this book before. It is absolutely a 'comedy of manners' and thoroughly enjoyable. I loved it!Published 2 months ago by LM Buchan