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Bookish, sensitive, and given to wild enthusiasms, Rickie Elliot is virtually made for a life at Cambridge, where he can subsist on a regimen of biscuits and philosophical debate. But the love-smitten Rickie leaves his natural habitat to marry the devastatingly practical Agnes Pembroke, who brings with her, as a sort of dowry, a teaching position at the abominable Sawston School.

Out of this misalliance comes Forster’s most stylistically daring novel. As it follows Rickie from the comforts of Cambridge to the petty intrigues of Sawston to the lush, haunted environs of rural Wiltshire, The Longest Journey gives us a comic yet immensely moving vision of a country split between pragmatism and imagination, sober conformity and redemptive eccentricity, upright Christianity and delirious paganism.

This, the author’s own favorite of his works, is an introspective novel of manners at once comic and tragic.

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  • “Of Forster’s five novels, The Longest Journey…is perhaps the most brilliant, the most dramatic, and the most passionate.”

    Lionel Trilling

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Megan | 8/19/2010

    " I'll be honest. I did not get this book. Lots of philosophy and tragedy and little redemption. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robert | 8/1/2010

    " My least favorite of Forster's next to Maurice -- both feel labored and awkward, so unlike his other great novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Robin | 6/6/2010

    " Honestly, reading this book was the longest journey I've ever taken. I found it hard to relate to the characters, the plot was dry at best, and the ending was abrupt and failed to move me as I feel it was supposed to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bryn | 7/7/2009

    " It's not as good as all other Forster books, but I'm trying to read all of him this summer, in the event I ever get to teach my Forster class. I get impatient with books in which the central problem is that a character is lower class. Whatever, Edwardians. "

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