Overall, this classic novel was an entertaining and lovely reading experience. The writing was rich in metaphors and symbolisms and I appreciate the author’s ability to see the realness in people and his respect for not only women, but the individual. He was obviously a man who believed in equality for both women and men. He gives characters wings to be themselves and a “view” of who they can evolve into; an awareness that if they allow themselves to truly feel, they can finally be free and live a life that’s true and pure in spirit.
A classic and unique English novel written with mastery. It is about love, betrayal, human nature, the overall human condition, the continuing yet fading Victorian values in the Edwardian era, feminism, self-discovery and small touches of humour peppered throughout. But don't think that this is a comedy, because it is not. The story is set in both Italy and England, which makes for a great cultural contrast; they were and are really quite different. Forster takes on a softly-softly approach regarding subjects that are really of a serious nature. The romance/love aspect of the tale, I believe, might also be mirroring Forster's own battle with sexuality. As a reader, bear in mind that it was written over a decade ago and so the pace reflects this. It has a slow meandering quality that I enjoy. The title A Room with a View is a wonderful metaphor about life in general. The room is the confines that civilization has created. Wanting a View can be seen as a desire for a more exciting life... Freedom. The thrill of what is on the other side. I thought that it was wonderful how the heroines emotional states were expressed, via musical pieces. Beethoven showed her passion and zeal, while Schumann's sad melody revealed her feelings about matrimony.... A great touch. Sergiu Pobereznic (author)