A Book With a Heart: A ROOM WITH A VIEW depicts a young
Englishwomans adventure trying to come to grips with the conflict
between her desires and societys expectations. Lucy Honeychurch is
a well-bred young middle class girl on holiday in radiant Florence.
She comes from a family overconcerned with respectability and is
therefore overprotected by a dessicated spinster named Charlotte
Bartlett. One wonders if Forster had in mind a more famous
Charlotte B. when he drew Lucys protector, a woman much discomfited
by any] unpleasant scene s]. Forster playfully tosses barbs at this
dont-let-the-servants-hear-you world the English try to maintain on
foreign soil. Less playful with sanctimonious Puritans or
hypocritical clergymen, Forster lets them foil themselves.
Under no circumstances will Miss Bartlett allow Lucy to pursue
(or even examine) her affection for the handsome young George
Emerson--his father is far too unconventional with his modern
notions about honesty and freethinking. Duty must reign . . .
mustnt it? Ah, that wild transitional phase between the
late-Victorians and the early-Moderns
Forster writes gently and calmly, but with a passion for life
and love welling up beneath the surface. A ROOM WITH A VIEW is a
lovely book, vital with the force of a sensitive and empathetic
mind. Theres even more to this book than it seems--highly
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