Considered by many to be E. M. Forster's greatest novel, Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic, leading lives of "telegrams and anger". When the elder Mrs. Wilcox dies and her family discovers she has left their country home - Howards End - to one of the Schlegel sisters, a crisis between the two families is precipitated that takes years to resolve.
Written in 1910, Howards End is a symbolic exploration of the social, economic, and intellectual forces at work in England in the years preceding World War I, a time when vast social changes were occurring. In the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes, Forster perfectly embodies the competing idealism and materialism of the upper classes, while the conflict over the ownership of Howards End represents the struggle for possession of the country's future.
Forster refuses to take sides in this conflict. Instead he poses one of the book's central questions: In a changing modern society, what should be the relation between the inner and outer life, between the world of the intellect and the world of business? Can they ever, as Forster urges, "only connect"?
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This is a timeless book ,could have been written about life today. It is rather sad, but life hasn't changed all that much. Many people who are wealthy feel it is their right to gain more wealth at the expense of other.
The reader has a tendency to trail off at the end of a sentence. I had to raise the volume on many occasions to understand what he was saying. I thought maybe my earphones were going but I am listening to another book now and it is fine. It is a good novel. I recommend another recording. Audible has several.
"Full of humour, unusual characters,sexual tension"
Yes, i would recommend this audiobook for its excellent narration which brings the characters to life.
This story is character-led. The basic plot of Lucy Honeychurch trying to come to terms with her emotions and growing sexual awareness, is complicated by the interventions of a host of other very different characters.
No, but I intend to do so in future.
I found much of the dialogue amusing and I felt a sense of contentment with the ending.
One of my all-time favourite books.
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