A ROOM WITH A VIEW – E.M. Forster

Edward Morgan Forster was an English novelist, a short story writer, essayist and librettist.He is well known for his ironic examining class difference and hypocrisy in the early 20th– century.

One of E. M. Forster’s most celebrated novels ‘A room with a view’ is the story of a young English girl, Lucy Honeychurch. Lucy is on trip in Italy and stays in Florence with her cousin Charlotte. The story is set in the beginning of the 20th century, at that time it was very ordinary for young adults to go to Italy or other countries to learn more about Classic art. Lucy is also in Florence to learn more about the beautiful paintings of Giotto and the old poems by Dante.

At the hotel were the two women are staying is also another couple: Mr. Emerson and his son. They offer the two women their room because it has a room with a view, and Lucy was complaining about the fact that they were watching old walls in Florence instead of the beautiful Arno. And so they switch rooms. During one of the excursions they go to the countryside of Florence, they arrive at a typical Italian farm were they have a picnic, the men and women separated. Lucy goes for a walk and she meets the son of Mr. Emerson, George. He is overcome by Lucy’s beauty and suddenly he kisses her, but they are interrupted by Charlotte who is outraged. When the journey is over Lucy and Charlotte go back to England and later it appears that the Emersons moved to Lucy’s village as well.  And of course there arise many romantic events between Lucy and George.

If you want to read a book with tension or a big climax, this is not the right novel for you. But if you want to read a romantic and great old-fashioned story, you’ve come to the right place. The book is an enduring classic!

Nice to notice is how the English society is organized at that time, everything is a bit fussy. There is also a lot of gossip among the ladies, really about anything and everything. But it was definitely educational to learn more about the life of a young English girl, what her thoughts were and how her love for George developed.

Also interesting is how E.M. Forster describes the city of Florence, like a sort of fairytale. The paintings and sculptures are clearly described, and especially if you have been in Florence it’s very nice to recognize some parts of the city and to realize that you have walked there too.

Also remarkable is that you can split this book in two parts, as if there are two stories told. The beginning of the book is set in Florence and Rome, in this part the holiday takes place and the kiss between Lucy and George. But when Lucy and Charlotte return to England the story continues. At first you expect a continuation of the story but not a whole new drama, this surprised me a little.

There is a great Oscar winning movie based on this novel which is really worth watching. You have the beautiful city of Florence, the fussy English people and the romantic settings. The film can be a bit tedious sometimes but I had the same experience when I read the book.

Last but not least, I definitely recommend ‘A room with a View’, especially for girls who just want to have sweet dreams about the romantic world of E.M. Forster. Eventually we all need a room with a view to express ourselves.

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