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A Room With A View
by E. M. Forster
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Listening to Joanna David's performance of Forster's classic is as entertaining as watching a full-cast production. Forster's comedy, featuring tourists in Italy, romantic intrigue, class struggles, and a variety of other subplots, shines in audio. David's reading is simply marvelous. Her sweet British voice fits perfectly with the story, and her accent lends the perfect charm to every character, particularly to Lucy Honeychurch, who exchanges rooms with George Emerson to obtain a view of Florence. While Honeychurch's antics are at the heart of this classic, David's portrayals of every character are equally nuanced and superb. A ROOM WITH A VIEW has appeared on audio multiple times, garnering favorable reviews; it's hard to imagine a better performance than this. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
E. M. Forster
"She 'never exactly understood,' she would say in after years, 'How he managed to strengthen her. It was as if he had made her see the whole of everything at once.'"
Published in 1908, A Room with A View is one of E. M. Forster's most celebrated works. Forster explores love among a cast of eccentric characters gathered in an Italian pension and in a corner of Surrey, England. Caught up in a world of social snobbery, Lucy Honeychurch must make a decision that will decide the course of her future: She is forced to choose between convention and passion.
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This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England. A charming young English woman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson--who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist--Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor, and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion. The enduring delight of this tale of romantic intrigue is rooted in Forster's colorful characters, including outrageous spinsters, pompous clergymen and outspoken patriots. Written in 1908, A Room With A View is one of E.M. Forster's earliest and most celebrated works.
About the Author
Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) was born in London and attended King's College, Cambridge. He wrote six novels, short stories, essays, and other nonfiction. His novel A Passage to India (1924) won both the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse and the James Tait Black Memorial prize.
Malcolm Bradbury is a novelist and critic and part-time professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. His novels include The History Man, Rates of Exchange, and Doctor Criminale, and among his works of criticism are The Modern World, From Puritanism to Postmodernism, and Dangerous Pilgrimages.
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