A Room With A ViewLarge Print - 1999
The third novel of the famed British author E.M. Forster, A Room with a View was written in 1908 when he was living in Italy. The story takes color from the outdoors and shows charm in human absurdity, but the comedy is also permeated with a sense of melodramatic evil, sinister in its gratuitousness. A Room with a View revolves around a familiar Forster theme, the difficulties and failures in human relationships. Here the heroes and heroines are European rather than Indian--but the dialogue reveals national character with the same sharp edge we find in A Passage to India.
Blackwell North Amer
Visiting Italy with her prim and proper cousin Charlotte as a chaperone, Lucy Honeychurch meets the unconventional, lower-class Mr. Emerson and his son, George. Upon her return to England she becomes engaged to the supercilious Cecil Vyse, but finds herself increasingly torn between the expectations of the world in which she moves and the passionate yearnings of her heart. As Forster writes, "You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you."