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Howards End
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on 14 December 2017
It was written a while back but features disputes that continue in different forms today: business/markets Vs ethical being, authenticity Vs lack of self awareness, male presumption and failing Vs female emancipation and equality .. The hand of fate unites one character with the apparent whim of another. Both are women though of different generations and the whim is the gift of property but a property that reflects a continuity of intention and purpose. The narrative requires acceptance of somewhat implausible coincidences, but Forster's prose and the pantheon of his characters entertain and enliven. Someone made a film based on the book, and the BBC recently offered a TV adaptation, but if you have time, try the original.
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on 27 June 2017
A winner. Worth every moment of your reading time. Worth savouring and reading slowly.
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on 9 January 2018
I first read Howards End more than 20 years ago, when the film came out. Having now watched the new mini series, I wanted to re-read it, for the same reason as then: to see what was left out and find out if that was important.

Of course there are details that are not there, but nothing essential I don’t think. I find that the mini series - as did the film - gets all the main points of the book across very well.

The book includes more of the fine points of class distinction and the deeper life of the characters than the films, of course, and it has been worth re-reading it just for those details. Many of which are, of course, a little baffling to a modern reader, but still give worthwhile glimpses into Britain before the world wars.
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on 30 January 2018
for a title called Howard's End it surprising how little of the story actually takes place there, much of the first part taking place in London. Howard's end is portrayed as a charming house with beautiful grounds, home of the Willcoxes, a wealthy family, featuring two parents and there two rather spoilt children one of whom is recently married. The family comes into contact with the Schlegels, a well to do family made up of two sisters and a brother. In contrast the Schlegels are more liberal minded and take a real interest in art, music and more radical kinds of politics. At it's heart the film can been seen as a satire on Edwardian society with it's double standards as well as a comedy with tragic elements also woven in. Many of the issues feel very contemporary, the clash often occurring when two different families are brought together by marriage, the place of women in society and also issues surrounding houses and home. The Schlegels are to loose their home as the lease expires on it and developers want to knock it down and build new flats instead. Lack of housing security is an all too modern problem for many people living in London. The real tragedy of the story though is focused on the hapless Leonard Bast, a poor clerk with an interest in culture, especially the arts and sciences. An accidental encounter leading to a friendship with the Schlegels ought to be the beginning of his ascent to greater things. Tragically though the contact with the sisters who want to help him leads to utter disaster for Leonard.
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on 21 December 2017
A book clearly written about higher ideals and thoughts, which are not so clear. But in which love and true affection conquers all dispute, whether private, personal, familial, or societal.
Really fell in love with Margaret and wished she were real to be befriended by! A wonderfully courageous woman, who would never see herself as such; who treated all as she wished to be treated with quiet grace.
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on 10 January 2018
Appalling. The book had been hurriedly produced I presume as the front cover and every page was at a severe slant. The last word of each line was missing or halved or had letters missing. The book was a complete joke. E M Forster would have turned in his grave. So offended that this book was dispatched. What were the Blackwell publishers thinking of.
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on 25 March 2013
This is a strange book. it starts off very well, then falls away, but finishes with a hundred pages of sheer brilliance. it has this problem because the story line is very thin, unable to carry the book forward on its own.It involves two wealthy families and one poor one.
The Schlegel sisters, Helen and Margaret, are rentiers and philanthropists, displaying idealistic 19th Century values; the Wilcoxes are nouveau riche, selfish, greedy, brash and ignorant- prototypes for the 20th century. The Basts are poor, made poorer by Mr. Wilcox: Leonard , vainly, aims to better himself by reading and the arts.
The author's command of language and use of prose is outstanding- it is hard to think of better examples.
You must persevere to the end- it is brilliant.
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on 19 December 2017
This is s classic novel and should be read the mini series on tv was very good but it does not compare to the written word ,so please read you will not be disappointed that's a promise .
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on 9 January 2018
This is a beautifully written book. Set in the early 20th century, it is a story of its time but no less enjoyable for that. I had watched the series on tv recently and enjoyed it, but the book tells so much more - well worth reading I loved it.
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on 30 November 2017
Very good recording. Only trouble is whenever I stop it it restarts at the begining again. I've bookmarked, but cannot , yet, work out how to carry on from where I left off.
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