A Room with a View, by E. M. Forster

We thought we would chose a classic this month, and something fairly quick and easier to read (we can return to weighty matters next month!)

A Room with a View, by E. M. Forster

In common with much of his other writing, this work by the eminent English novelist and essayist E. M. Forster (1879–1970) displays an unusually perceptive view of British society in the early 20th century. Written in 1908, A Room with a View is a social comedy set in Florence, Italy, and Surrey, England. Its heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, struggling against straitlaced Victorian attitudes of arrogance, narrow-mindedness and snobbery, falls in love-while on holiday in Italy-with the socially unsuitable George Emerson.

Caught up in a claustrophobic world of pretentiousness and rigidity, Lucy ultimately rejects her fiancé, Cecil Vyse, and chooses, instead, to wed her true love, the young man whose sense of freedom and lack of artificiality became apparent to her in the Italian pensione where they first met. This classic exploration of passion, human nature and social convention is reprinted here complete and unabridged.

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  • Wayne

    I enjoyed both the book and discussion, and it was good to see everyone again!

    2 · March 12, 2014

  • Tom R.

    99cents on Amazon Kindle!

    February 19, 2014

  • Tom R.

    A Classic. Well done!

    1 · February 18, 2014

    • Wayne

      I agree, I think this is a great pick -- looking forward to starting it.

      February 18, 2014

  • Alex M.

    (hope you don't mind, Dawn- I beat you to it) :-)

    February 18, 2014

    • Dawn

      Not at all Alex. I had it on my to do list for tonight. Thanks for taking care of it!

      February 18, 2014

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