This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England. A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson - who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist - Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England, Lucy is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor, and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion.
The enduring delight of this tale of romantic intrigue is rooted in E. M. Forster's colorful characters, including outrageous spinsters, pompous clergymen and outspoken patriots. Written in 1908, A Room with a View is one of Forster's earliest and most celebrated works.
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This was my first E. M. Forster title, and I couldn't turn it off. Crossley's intonation conveys a real understanding of the text, and he has excellent timing, which is crucial for the delivery of this funny novel. There's a moment of confusion with the voices near the beginning, but it doesn't happen again. I highly recommend this narrator.
Forster has a touch of Dickensian ridiculousness, and dissects the human condition (more especially, the British condition) admirably. Thoughtful and entertaining, this novel is driven by insight and idea. It will make you laugh, but it will also make you reconsider.
A very satisfying 'read' which was very well narrated by Steven Crossley to accentuate the comic elements of the characters.Forster's irony often made me chuckle - there is much gentle social satire here but also a great degree of verisimilitude in the psychological insights. I like the way the author deliberately makes much out of nothing much using only a handful of deftly woven characters.
No offense to Steven Crossley but I absolutely hated his narration of the female characters, which of course is quite a few in this book. Couldn't get passed the whiny, nasally sound.
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