A Room With A View

A Room With A View

Book - 1993
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Lucy Honeychurch, a young middle-class girl, travels with her spinster cousin, Charlotte Bartlett, to Florence where they are on holiday at an Italian pension set up specifically for vacationers from Great Britain. There Lucy meets Mr. Emerson and his son, George, whom she encounters quite unexpectedly on walks and carriage rides. George and Lucy have unsuspected, intimate talks which happen without any intention of hypothetical conclusion. George rouses feelings in her that she is not ready to face, and so she decides not to see him anymore. She continues her excursion to Rome where she spends time with Cecil Vyse, a family friend, who asks her to marry him. After turning him down twice, she finally accepts. Several months later, Lucy and Charlotte are back at their house in Surrey, England. George has discovered her engagement to Cecil and argues vigorously with Lucy, telling her that Cecil will never love her enough to allow her independence. George declares that he loves her for her true self. She is so upset by this declaration that she plans a trip to Greece, but before she leaves she breaks off her engagement to Cecil, and she and her mother attend church where Lucy finds George's father. She cannot lie to Mr. Emerson, and he understands that she has a profound passion for his son. When he convinces her to confront her real sympathies, she admits she has been struggling with her love for George all along. The story ends in Florence where they are spending their honeymoon. Lucy's match with George is totally disrespective on a social rank of acceptability, but it is the only match that can secure her happiness. Circumstances with her family are still troubling, but now there is the prospect of genuine fulfillment.
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble Books, 1993.
ISBN: 9781566190947
Characteristics: vi, 229 p. ; 22 cm.


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AL_ANDREW Aug 01, 2016

Some good quotes sprinkled throughout, but never really painted a picture in my mind and the plot was lost on me on parts. Not my particular cup of tea.

Jun 11, 2016

I don't know why I didn't like this book. I don't have much to say. The plot was okay, the characters were great, but the whole thing together just seemed bland to me. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was doing some in-depth studying on it in school.

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Nov 10, 2011

I read this book years ago and it was an interesting look at the strict Edwardian rules of society. I'm rereading it and it stands up well to the test of time

Jun 02, 2009

Edwardian England was a prim and proper era with little time for the real passions of real people. But when young Lucy Honeychurch has a romantic encounter with George Emerson (the son of a free-speaking Socialist?shocking!) in a flower-filled field in Italy, she faces precisely that dilemma?follow convention or follow her heart. Back home in England, surrounded by her charming and well-meaning family and neighbors, Lucy attempts the proper path and engages herself to the very prim Cecil. Less-than-satisfied but encouraged by her spinster aunt, Lucy?s orderly world is thrown into disarray when George reappears in her life. A Room with a View features some of the most delightful characters in literature?the outlandish lady writer Eleanor Lavish, the ultimate snob?s snob Cecil, the truth-speaking clergyman Mr. Beebe, and the primmest and proper-est spinster Aunt Charlotte. These characters are cast to a tee in the 1986 film adaptation which stars some of the day?s great actors, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Daniel Day-Lewis. The scene where George Emerson meets Lucy?s brother Freddy is priceless?few films these days feature grown men skinny-dipping in a very small pond?

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