A Room With A View by E.M.Forster- Book Review

20160629_214119A Room With A View was made into a film in 1985 with Helena Bonham Carter, and I’ve seen in quite a few times.  So when I was in China I picked up a a copy for 15 Yuan (about £1.50), it was in an English book shop.  That was about 6 or 7 years ago…

Anyway, onto the book…

Slightly dull Lucy, who everyone seems to find somehow special and interesting, is visiting Florence with her annoying Aunt as rich English ladies did back in 1908.  They meet The Emersons, and young George kisses Lucy in a field which is quite shocking.  There’s a lot of chat about how shocking it is, and how much of a cad he is, and how devastating it would be if it all got out.  It’s sort of hard to really ‘get’ that as, you know, it’s just a kiss.  Also earlier on some guy gets killed which seems to be overshadowed by the infamous kiss which seems like maybe they have their priorities out of whack…

Anyway, Lucy becomes engaged to arsey Cecil and then has to chose between convention and passion. Even though no one really like Cecil so it isn’t like she’s really under that much pressure but still…

I like the film actually, it’s quite amusing in a period drama kind of way.  The book is a little flimsy, although short books always win extra points from me, but it reads like it was the authors practice go (like Animal Farm compared to 1984).  It’s sort of easy to see why they chose it for a film as much of it reads like directions for the script.