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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (61,807 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. M. Forster Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 Brit 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 she 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Breda | 2/19/2014

    " Beautifully written and full of some lovely ideas - Transcendentalism (of a sort) at its finest - but both plot and characters are woefully underdeveloped. Important events are glossed over or only mentioned briefly, and the timeline is bizarrely structured such that months pass with hardly a mention while a week is stretched over fifty pages. This leaves the reader confused about when things are happening, and it also lends to the lack of development of the characters. We rarely learn about a character's personality through his/her actions or words; rather, Forster expounds at length upon them, occasionally throwing something in to add to his stated intentions. It is because of the hurried timeline and the undefined characters that I found the romance unconvincing, as much as I wanted to love it. It's hard to believe in Love when that love is two teenagers who've had 3 conversations and who barely have personalities, let alone compatible ones. As that is where the principles of the book are most heavily rested, it was difficult to believe in the book. It is, however, an enjoyable read: Forster's prose is absolutely lovely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/19/2014

    " I read a few chapters for a Stanford class and finally went back to read the rest. Enjoyed it, would recommend, but probably not for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gillian | 2/17/2014

    " This was so romantic and lovely. I want to go back to Florence, the light there makes it hard not to fall in love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kerry-Anne Gilowey | 2/17/2014

    " I read this for the first time when I was 20 or 21, and I loved it then too. So many beautiful passages. I don't think I really understood the "being in a muddle" theme back then, but it jumped out at me this time. "

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