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Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries many English citizens travelled to Italy and even settled there. Some went for the warmer climate, others because it was a cheaper place to live. However, many of these travellers refused to really adapt to an Italian life-style. In A Room with a View, E.M. Forster makes superb comedy from the contrasts.
Although I recognise that A Room with a View is not as great or complex a novel as is A Passage to India, I do prefer it. I love the book’s contrasts between an uptight English Edwardian village and the passion and beauty of Italy, I love the way music is used to tell us so much about character, and I always laugh over Charlotte Bartlett who is just like one of my own relatives.
Join Susannah Fullerton to delve into Forster’s very repressed life, analyse the importance of ‘views’, and follow Lucy as she escapes being one of “the vast army of the benighted, who follow neither the heart nor the brain, and march to their destiny by catchwords.” This readers guide includes a companion list of books for further reading. Just perfect for discussions and book clubs!
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