25 July 2007

A Room with a View - E.M. Forster

Date: July 23, 2007
Recommendation: A short and sweet introduction to Forster


Quite frankly i don't get the hoopla about Forster. In many lists of the all-time great novels, he has at least 3 or 4 in the top 50. He always ranks high on 20th century literati lists. I think it is because his writing style was so "novel" - if you will pardon the pun - at the time. In room with a view, which is little more than a short love story, Forster decrees the lamentable fall of the Victorian era and enthusiastically ushers in the Edwardian age. His character are tangible and relateable. I simply don't see the fuss; but that is perhaps the point. One hundred years later and the characters are still relevant - I suppose that says something for the man.

men were not gods
after all, but as human and as clumsy as girls; even men might suffer from unexplained desires, and need help.