Wednesday, April 13, 2011
A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
Lucy Honeychurch, a young Englishwoman, goes to Italy with her prim cousin, Miss Bartlett, acting as chaperone. While staying at a pensione in Florence, she meets George Emerson, an Englishman she is attracted to, but whom is considered unsuitable. After Lucy returns to England, she accepts the marriage proposal of a more suitable but stuffy man she has known for a number of years. It is a satirical look at the manners of the time and I found it to be quite entertaining. This is the second book by E.M. Forster that I have read; my first book was A Passage to India. This book was lighter in tone than A Passage to India, and I enjoyed it a bit more (although I liked A Passage to India as well, and I liked the look into the British attitude towards and treatment of Indians in that book). One similarity between the two books was that there was an "incident" in both that was considered shocking at the time but would be considered trivial to us today. This is my second book for the 2nds Challenge 2011 and my book club's current selection. I rate it 4 out of 5.