Top positive review
Interesting example of the time and enjoyable read
on 4 July 2017
This is a small novel of just over 150 pages, split into 10 chapters and it's really easy to read. I have been given this book to read as part of a literature appreciation course - I read Room With A View many years ago but remember little of it and had not heard of this novel.
The writing is brilliant from the start. It's very funny and the characters are compelling. Every sentence seems to contain some witticism - this is a novel which needs to be read slowly in order to catch everything.
It is a short novel and the plot is straightforward - lots happens in such a few pages and it has to be straightforward. Forster clearly sets out back stories, relationships and potential for conflict.
The plot takes the form of a farce with the characters rushing about without thinking of consequence - everything happens quickly with people and actions being exaggerated for comic effect. There are several elements of the plot which are simply preposterous and made me gasp!
I found the book very implausible but understood that he was playing with stereotypes of the times. Once used to that then the book becomes quite sensitive as the characters are drawn to their fates.