Howards End

Howards End

Book - 1992
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In Howards End Forster voiced many of his apprehensions about the future, and the novel has become more relevant than ever as a statement of humane, civilised values, while its subtle characterisation, its blend of irony and lyricism, its humour and its wealth of unobtrusive symbols, make it one of the great English novels.

The story of two sisters - Margaret and Helen Schlegel - and their different paths in life was hailed by the critics as Forster's greatest work when it was first published in 1910. 'The word Forsterian is already demanded' wrote the Saturday Review, and the Daily Telegraph said '... all will feel with us that it is a book quite out of the common by a writer who is one of our assets, and likely to become one of our glories.'

Publisher: London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1992, c1973
ISBN: 9780340512142
0340512148
Branch Call Number: FIC Forst 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 340 p

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Nov 11, 2014

Masterful descriptive narrative with intense emotional drama makes this one of the best novels concerning turn-of-the-century England. It's a fascinating historical period, with rapid changes in social mores and unsettling technological advances. Don't miss the film either. Only connect!

ProfMcGonagall Jul 16, 2012

Warm and witty, this is also a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. A vivid portrait of a specific moment in history, both its social criticism and psychological insights are of surprisingly enduring relevance. One of Forster's more optimistic looks at human attempts to get free of "muddle."

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Nov 25, 2011

I'm not sure what I love more - Forster's novels or the Merchant/Ivory Productions of his novels. The two sisters here reminded me so much of the sisters in Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Naming one's home is such a charming piece of English culture - a home really does have a character, and we should adopt this custom too!

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

The intellectual Schlegel sisters and the strict Wilcox family meet and interact over a span of several years.

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