June 20, 2015

A Room with a View by E. M. Foster

“It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.”
A Room with a View tells the story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young English woman. She meets George Emerson, a young man of lower class in Floreance, during her visit to Italy with her uptight cousin and chaperon, Charlotte Bartlett. George seals her lips with a kiss during an expedition. Unable to realize the budding love inside her, she leaves Italy that night. Back at home, she says 'yes' to supercilious Cecil's proposal, as it appears to be a socially acceptable marriage. When George moves to England with his father, Lucy is caught between her engagement to a man she doesn't love and her growing feelings towards George, who is ready to accept her as she is. 

Published in 1908, E. M. Foster's 'A Room with a View' contains elements of developing love and feminism. Lucy, unaware of her feelings for George ends up in a tangled situation. She does not understand that her longings for freedom from the laws and customs of society is because of her wanting to be with George. She tries to run away from the problem instead of facing it. But Mr. Emerson's words on his son's affection and love for her encourages Lucy to stand up for herself and to open her the doors of heart for George, the man she trusted and loved. Lucy's feminist side helps her to call off the engagement with Cecil, who believed that men are better than women. Foster attempts to mock at the social customs of Edwardian era are visible throughout the novel.

I liked Mr.Emerson's role in this novel.He is a man of profound wisdom. His sage advises shows his immense knowledge and understanding of human nature. Loving,caring and kind too.Though the novel has funny and interesting incidents, I wasn't intrigued by it. I took almost two weeks to read it. I found it dull and dragging sometimes, because it was hard for me to visualize the beauty of Italy through his words.However, the second part of the novel was enjoyable.You will enjoy it well, if you have visited Florence or any part of Italy. I liked the movie(1985) better. It is a very close adaption of the book. 

What I learnt
We, youngsters tend to muddle up a lot of situations in daily life. We are trapped in troubles sometimes, because of our unwise judgement and thoughtless actions. At the end, when we let elders know about it, they solve it wisely with their experiences and knowledge. A bit of their meddling can make things right and put our muddled life in order.

Have you read this book ?. Did you like it?.

Happy Reading!!!