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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (31 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141183292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141183299
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
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I loved it. My first intimation of the possibilities of fiction (Zadie Smith)

He says, and even more implies, things that no other novelist does, and we can go on reading Forster indefinitely (The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A romantic, coming-of-age tale from the author of A Passage to India --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jun. 2016
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Even if you have never read this story before you are probably aware of the plot as it has been a film and a TV drama. As well as being a favourite of mine this has always been enjoyed and, along with 'Howard's End' both books have similarities with the works of Jane Austen.

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.
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When the young and pretty Lucy Honeychurch visits Florence with her much older and rather prim cousin Charlotte acting as chaperone, she is dismayed to find the rooms at the pension at which they are staying are without a view. Already staying at the pension is Mr Emerson (a middle-aged man of a lower social class than Lucy and Charlotte) with his son George, and Mr Emerson is very keen to offer Lucy and Charlotte his and George's rooms which are complete with the desired view over the Arno. Charlotte, though, is offended by Mr Emerson's over-familiar approach and refuses his offer, afraid that by accepting she will put herself and Lucy under an undesirable obligation to someone of a lower social standing. However, when Mr Beeb, an Anglican clergyman with whom Lucy has already become acquainted back in England, intervenes and assures Charlotte that Mr Emerson only wishes to be kind and that there is no harm in accepting his offer, Charlotte relents and she and Lucy get their view. Despite accepting the Emersons' offer, Charlotte warns Lucy not to encourage them, but when Lucy subsequently witnesses a murder in a street in Florence, it is George Emerson who comes to Lucy's rescue, and Lucy cannot help but be appreciative of how the young man deals with the situation. Lucy, however, does not realize that George Emerson, who is an unusual and passionate young man, is falling in love with her and when George's feelings later get the better of him, Lucy and Charlotte are shocked by the consequences.Read more ›
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I bought a copy of this - my favourite EM Forster on discovering that although I've read the book several times the edition I had read was my late mothers and I must have given that copy to a niece for her impending A levels. Delightful to return after a long pause to a well loved friend. What more is there to say?
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I expected something much more sentimental (blame Merchant Ivory) but the novel is sharp, witty,ironic and equivocal. Something is rushed about the resolution with the gnomic Mr Emerson revealing the truth about love and the spectre of cousin Charlotte looming ... but this is really a light, in a good way, critique of society with an erotic undercurrent throughout.
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I wish to make a comment about the audible narration. I did not think that this was of the highest quality in terms of delivery, pronunciation etc. I have heard much better. I know the book and am perfectly happy with all other aspects of it.
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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 entertain.
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I adore this book and have read it over and over again. Every character is a gem and every incident a delightful little drama. It's not often I enjoy a romantic tale told by a man but this one I do.
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Enjoying reading this classic again.
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