Where Angels Fear to Tread

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Book - 1992
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"Let her go to Italy!" he cried. "Let her meddle with what she doesn't understand! Look at this letter! The man who wrote it will marry her, or murder her, or do for her somehow. He's a bounder, but he's not an English bounder. He's mysterious and terrible. He's got a country behind him that's upset people from the beginning of the world."

When a young English widow takes off on the grand tour and along the way marries a penniless Italian, her in-laws are not amused. That the marriage should fail and poor Lilia die tragically are only to be expected. But that Lilia should have had a baby -- and that the baby should be raised as an Italian! -- are matters requiring immediate correction by Philip Herriton, his dour sister Harriet, and their well-meaning friend Miss Abbott.

In his first novel, E. M. Forster anticipated the themes of cultural collision and the sterility of the English middle class that he would develop in A Room with a View and A Passage to India. Where Angels Fear to Tread is an accomplished, harrowing, and malevolently funny book, in which familiar notions of vice and virtue collapse underfoot and the best intentions go mortally awry.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1992, c1920
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed. --
ISBN: 9780679736349
Branch Call Number: FIC Forst 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 181 p. --


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Oct 04, 2017

After reading A Passage to India, I wanted to continue reading E.M. Forster’s novels. His novels tend to focus on class differences in British society. I didn’t enjoy Where Angels Fear to Tread as much as A Passage to India. I found A Passage to India to be more captivating. In Where Angels Fear to Tread, the descriptions of the characters were dull and the novel seemed never ending. I did read this novel quite quickly. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it better by reading slower. The plot was definitely not as strong as in A Passage to India. I can say with confidence that I did not love this novel, however the twist ending was interesting.
- @BookLover of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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