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Where Angels Fear to Tread by E M Forster ❤️📚 a book review

February 26, 2018

I am into all things Italian lately. Would you believe I have never been to Italy! A terrible loss on my part I know. But this year I plan to put that right. I am off to Rome in April to see the beautiful sites Ive read about. I cannot wait!

In keeping with the theme of Italy, Im also reading books set in Italy. And as classics are my favourite at the moment I decided to start with this one, recommended by my dear friend.

The Book –

E. M. Forster’s first novel is a witty comedy of manners that is tinged with tragedy.

It tells the story of Lilia Herriton, who proves to be an embarrassment to her late husband’s family as, in the small Tuscan town of Monteriano, she begins a relationship with a much younger Italian man – classless, uncouth and highly unsuitable.

A subtle attack on decorous Edwardian values and a humanely sympathetic portrayal of the clash of two cultures, Where Angels Fear to Tread is also a profound exploration of character and virtue.

Verdict –

After my deep love for the book and mini series Howards End, I was interested to find out if another Forster novel would interest me as much.

I was not disappointed in the least.

A much shorter novel, only 10 chapters, so lovely as its nice and light to carry around in your handbag.

So witty, fun and exciting all the way through. The descriptions of Italy are wonderfully put together in a way only a master author can.

Tuscany is next on my list to see. I cannot wait to explore and learn.

A fantastic read.

Penguin has the most wonderful covers for the classics. Available in bookshops Nationwide.

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  1. Lesley permalink

    Rome is amazing – went for my 50th birthday! (Soooo many other beautiful places in Italy worth a visit too)!

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