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Howards End by E.M Forster 📚 a book review

January 22, 2018

One of my New Years resolutions this year was to read more classics. I think its mainly because I am so in love with watching period dramas lately, I wish I was born in the late 1800’s. But as we all know, the book is always better than the movie, so I just had to read these amazing classic books which have made such a name for themselves in modern society.

The first of my reads had to be ‘Howards End,’ ever since it was aired on television just before Christmas it has been my favourite programme, so much so that I bought the series of iTunes and have been watching it over and over again.

It’s just such a wonderful story.  Each time I watch it I discover something new about the characters, the story or the scenery.

So I was very excited to read the book itself.

The Book –

When a brief romance between Helen Schlegel and Paul Wilcox ends badly, their two very different families are brought into collision. The liberal, intellectual Schlegels, who had hoped never to see the capitalist, pragmatic Wilcoxes again, learn that Paul’s family are moving from their country estate – Howards End – to a flat just across the road.

As the lives of the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes become increasingly entangled, Helen befriends Leonard Bast, a man of lower social status. His presence further inflames the families’ political and cultural differences, which are brought to a head in a fatal confrontation at Howards End.

Considered by some to be E. M. Forster’s finest work Howard’s End blends humour and lyricism in this classic exploration of British class and character.

Edward Morgan Forster was an English novelist and short story writer. Many of his novels examined class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society, notably A Room with a View(1908), Howards End (1910), and A Passage to India (1924), which brought him his greatest success.

Howards Ends was first published in 1910, about social interactions and relationships in turn-of-the-century England. Howards End is considered by some to be Forster’s masterpiece and in 1998, the Modern Library ranked Howards End 38th on its list of the 100 best English language novels of the 20th Century.

Verdict –

I read the book over one wintery cold weekend. Tucked cosily under my favourite cashmere blanket with temperatures outside well under zero, I couldn’t imagine anything more enjoyable.

The first thing I have to say is the book is just as good as the mini series, I loved the mini series and the book just as much. There are so many similarities between the two. The script is almost identical.

I am looking forward to reading the other great classics by E M Forster, and I plan to watch Howards End the movie starring Antony Hopkins and Helena Bonham Carter.

So many things to look forward to… xxx

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One Comment
  1. Michael Wilson permalink

    Very nice 👍
    PS I see you have the glass of Red as well 🍷

    Sent from my iPhone

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