Classics club spin result

A scene from the film adaptation starring Helene Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith

A scene from the 1985 film adaptation starring Helene Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith

The ball landed on number 20 in the latest round of the Classics Club spin. So that means I shall be reading E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View. It would be more accurate to say I will be re- reading it since I first encountered this novel around 30 years ago. I can’t remember much about it however other than the first part is set in Italy and features a strong-minded female protagonist.

Published in 1908 , this novel was the last of Forster’s ‘lighter’ works before the heavy weights A Passage to India and Howard’s End.ย It reflects similar ideas to those later works, particularly the clash between the new liberal social ideas of the Edwardian age and the more sober ideas of the preceding Victorian era. Forster used his work to show his sympathy for the new belief in the importance of individuality and the potential for self improvement. In the character of Lucy Honeychurch he showed how the change of attitudes played out at the individual level since we find Lucy struggling to break free from the restrictions of the Victorian mores and embrace the new liberalism.

I’m sure I missed many of the book’s subtleties first time around, hence why I want to give it another go.


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What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

Posted on February 11, 2014, in Classics Club and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Hope my scribblings will do justice to the book in that case Nish.

  2. A Room with a View is one of my faves as well. I love pretty much all the Forster books I’ve read. Looking forward to your thoughts on this one.

  3. I re-read A room with a view last year and loved it.

  4. Have fun! I’m dreading my own second go-round with Great Expectations.

  5. Room with a View is sooo good! Enjoy!

  6. Time spent with the Rev Beeb is never time wasted. Re-read and enjoy.

  7. I did read A Room with a View many years ago. Like you I think I probably missed a lot so it will be good to see your thoughts on this one. Happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I find this with a lot of the books I read in younger days, by that I mean Cleopatra that I missed many of the significant themes and just read it as a story

      • I totally agree, sometimes you need to have experienced life more widely to truly understand some of the more subtle parts of the story but that doesn’t stop the enjoyment of the book for the broader brush strokes ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I got Howards End ๐Ÿ™‚ It should be interesting to read your review of A Room with a View! This is my first time to read E.M. Forster.

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