Friday, September 16, 2011
Thoughts: A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Let me just say that if George Emerson were a living, breathing person, I would probably want to date him. He’s like that loner guy in high school who reads deep books, and sits by himself in the cafeteria—the mysterious type we all wanted to get to know. I loved how he slowly “woke up” and really started to live, and I like to think that I could wake up too. I could be walking down the street, and something magical could happen to me, making me LIVE for the first time.
I also loved E.M. Forster’s subtle writing style. He had a light but firm grip on all the threads of the story, and the whole novel felt like a bundle of nuances tied together. He managed to get his point across through the characters without being heavy-handed. Ms. Bartlett, for instance, wanted a room WITHOUT a view, which was fitting because she was narrow-minded, snobbish, and probably represented everything Forster hated in society. Even the love story between George Emerson and Lucy Honeychurch was romantic without even bordering on cheesy.
I said before that I hate it when authors turn characters into mouthpieces for their opinions, but E.M. Forster has to be the single exception. Yes, the characters became mouthpieces for his opinions, but they had their own distinct voices. Does that make sense? I absolutely loved this novel, and I’m looking forward to reading more of E.M. Forster’s work.