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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,874 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. M. Forster Narrator: Steven Crossle Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dana | 2/15/2014

    " Wonderful read, intriguing, beautifully written, story of two unconventional upper class sisters in 19th century Britain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laurie Dewberry | 2/11/2014

    " So, so beautifully and articulately written (just like this review)! I was absolutely blown away by his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenn | 2/3/2014

    " I went on a Forster tear this week since his prose doesn't change mine. I'd forgotten how much I liked Howards End although I'm really choosing this review to represent the bunch because I am super lazy. He does really well at understanding inaction as well as action, sort of like a good artist handles negative space. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jan | 1/28/2014

    " Loved the book and adored the movie. "

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