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A Room with a View

E M Forster

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"One doesn't come to Italy for niceness...one comes for life." I first read A Room with a View during a family holiday to Italy. My brother had just finished it and he would not stop going on about it. I became sceptical—like all siblings would—and had to know if it was truly as wonderful as he was claiming. Reader, it was. Set between England, Florence (and a brief interlude in Rome) A Room with a View follows Lucy Honeychurch, a young Englishwoman who travels to Italy with her older and more class-conscious cousin and chaperone, Miss Charlotte Bartlett. A wonderfully charming novel that is fast-paced, romantic, funny.. It will satisfy your wanderlust like no other!

A sunny, brilliantly witty comedy of manners, this edition of A Room with a View is part of the Penguin Essentials collection and features beautiful cover art by Chris Silas Neal

'You love the boy body and soul, plainly, directly, as he loves you . . .'

Lucy has her rigid, middle-class life mapped out for her until she visits Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte, and finds her neatly ordered existence thrown off balance.

Her eyes are opened by the unconventional characters she meets at the Pension Pertolini: flamboyant romantic novelist Eleanor Lavish, the Cockney Signora, curious Mr Emerson and, most of all, his passionate son George.

Lucy finds herself torn between the intensity of life in Italy and the repressed morals of Victorian England, personified in her terminally dull fiancé Cecil Vyse. Will she ever learn to follow her own heart?

'He says, and even more implies, things that no other novelist does, and we can go on reading Forster indefinitely' The Times

'I loved it. My first intimation of the possibilities of fiction' Zadie Smith

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 07 Apr 2011
Dimensions: 180 x 114 x 14 mm
ISBN: 9780241951484

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