Book Acquired Recently: A Room With A View

Forster, E.M. A Room With A View. 1908. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2005.

I bought this book this morning at a friend’s recommendation and tore through it, finishing it in several hours. It is a lovely book because of Forster’s smooth prose. He is like a less pretentious Oscar Wilde. The novel’s easy, witty dismissal of the upper class’s prudish values is delightful. While I dislike the book’s insistence on marriage for Lucy and George (this conventional choice seems incongruous with the rest of their decisions), I appreciate its insistence that it will be possible for them to live happily, that their sexual license is celebrated rather than condemned. I’ve never read any of Forster’s work before, but I would certainly like to read more of it now.

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