Join us as we review the classic novel, A Room With A View by E M Forster.
Written in 1908, the book is based partly on Forster’s extended travels in Italy with his mother and espouses his vision of love struggling to assert itself in spite of the rigid class boundaries of Edwardian England.
Forster was only twenty-nine years old when he published A Room with a View. He had already published two books,Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) and The Longest Journey (1907). He was a respected writer, but not yet a famous one, and the themes touched on in his earlier novelspassion and convention, truth and pretensewere now given complexity and eloquence, with the maturity of a more experienced voice, in his third novel. Forsters writing sits at the intersection between Edwardian realism and modernist experimentalism. Forster was not an avant garde writer in the sense of his modernist contemporaries, but the technical nature of his work demonstrates a more complex interweaving of the traditional and the modern than we might at first recognise.
Malcolm Bradbury wrote an introduction to the book for Penguin Classic and noted that A Room with a View ‘was the work where Forster laid down most of his key themes, the place where he displayed both his warmth and sharpness, and developed his famous light style.’
The critic Santanu Das notes: [Forsters] complexity lies not in radical experimentation but in something almost more fundamental, more psychological, more transcendental: like Lucy Honeychurch, we are made to cross some boundary. There is always something that eludes, unsettles, lingers. This is what makes Forsters text, in many ways, so compelling.
Hmmm, there’s much to mull over, discuss and compare. Join us on Friday 12 October for what will be a lovely discussion with some wonderfully tasty food to boot!
15 for 2 courses
18 for 3 courses
Stuffed Aubergine Parmigiana (v)
Gnocchi with pan fried corn fed Chicken with lemon picante
Gnocchi with autumnal wild shrooms (v)
Iced Coffee Tiramisu
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