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Where Angels Fear to Tread By E.M. Forster Where Angels Fear to Tread When a young English widow takes off on the grand tour and along the way marries a penniless Italian her in laws are not amused That the marriage should fail and poor Lilia die tragically are only to

  • Title: Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • Author: E.M. Forster
  • ISBN: 9781419193774
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread By E.M. Forster When a young English widow takes off on the grand tour and along the way marries a penniless Italian, her in laws are not amused That the marriage should fail and poor Lilia die tragically are only to be expected But that Lilia should have had a baby and that the baby should be raised as an Italian are matters requiring immediate correction by Philip Herriton, hisWhen a young English widow takes off on the grand tour and along the way marries a penniless Italian, her in laws are not amused That the marriage should fail and poor Lilia die tragically are only to be expected But that Lilia should have had a baby and that the baby should be raised as an Italian are matters requiring immediate correction by Philip Herriton, his dour sister Harriet, and their well meaning friend Miss Abbott.
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    1. Jean on said:

      Written in 1905, this was Forster s first novel It is a comedy of manners, and does show signs of his great talent Out of his four best known novels though, this seems by far the weakest I personally think it would have worked better as a novella or even a short story later he did write very good short story collections.The balance of this short novel feels wrong The early descriptions of upper class characters enmeshed in their own culture are really rather dull, and would have benefited from a [...]

    2. StevenGodin on said:

      Some, but not all writers, can suffer with teething troubles on that first novel, E M Forster s 1905 Where Angels Fear to Tread is a prime example It s a valiant effort for a writer in his early days before what would follow, and I can t help but compare this to the delightful novel he wrote only three years later, A Room with a View , which pleasantly surprised me as to just how good it was This, just wasn t in the same league Our Mr Forster pretty much corners the literary market on English to [...]

    3. Duane on said:

      I m always amused at the distain the haughty English aristocrat feels toward the average Italian and their incomprehensible ways and their attitude toward life I ve noticed it in several works of English literature and, not being English myself, I don t know if it really exists I hope it is true, I won t have to change my perception of the 19th and early 20th century English I like them that way, their style, their arrogance, if that s the right word, their belief that their way is the right way [...]

    4. Paul Bryant on said:

      I only realized half way through that E M Forster was 26 when he wrote this which is his first If I d known that I wouldn t have read it, I have a violent prejudice against novelists under 30 It s too early to start In other art forms it s essential to be under 30 the Beatles were in their mid 20s when they did Sgt Pepper, Brian Wilson was 23 and 24 when he created Pet Sounds and Smile, Picasso was churning out brilliant realist works in his mid teens, and not to mention Mozart s unpleasant prec [...]

    5. Chrissie on said:

      This is my favorite by E.M Forster I gave A Room with a View three stars and A Passage to India four, but this is even better than that A love story that I love, and it is extremely short I don t usually enjoy short novels It is a classic worth being called a classic Forster captures different sorts of people and their respective ways of being We have Harriet who is logical and straight thinking and Miss Caroline Abbott who wavers but recognizes the value of passion well as its dangers There is [...]

    6. Scott on said:

      Fools rush in I guess I m a fool I thought E M Forster was easy to read, almost too easy sometimes Delighted with his nearly faultless prose, I read his thin first novel, Where Angels Fear to Tread 1905 , all in one afternoon Forster tells the story of a young English widow who is seduced by her romantic vision of Italy and Italians and yearns to escape her controlling and snobbish in laws in England Her hasty marriage to a member of Italian nobility sets her English relations aflutter, leading [...]

    7. Juliana on said:

      My absolute favorite of the E.M Forster novels I read This one blew me away When I turned the last page, I felt like I d been catapulted out of the novel s world to find myself surprisingly in my own house with my own children around me It absolutely sucked me in and had me crying and caring and wondering what would happen to each of the characters.One of my favorite novels of all time.

    8. booklady on said:

      Forester s do or die question is Wilt thou love Having read four of his novels all very different in their plot the underlying theme seems consistent in all Is this a drawback or monotonous Not to me as it happens to be something I often wonder myself, although my pondering tends to run along the why and how lines Why and or how can some people so repeatedly and insistently refuse to love Or maybe, continue to think that being good is the same thing when it is not.I needed to let a little time p [...]

    9. Trish on said:

      The advance of regret can be so gradual that it is impossible to say yesterday I was happy, today I am not This is another fast paced, funny, tragic, and dramatic little novel by E.M Forster Being his first novel, it isn t as refined or mature as A Room with a View but Where Angels Fear to Tread stands its ground as a classic with its riveting plot, complex characters, and simple message This book is anything but predictable and I highly recommend it as a vacation or weekend read.

    10. BAM The Bibliomaniac on said:

      Catching up with the classics 21Oh my word How tragic is this book It s by far the best Forster I ve read.

    11. Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym) on said:

      My first Forster and a quick, easy, fun read Oh, those silly English so pompous and Protestant and detached Oh, those wacky, ignorant Italians with their papist leanings, their saints and their layabout cafe culture This is a silly culture clash novel with a male character who does not change but thinks he does and a female character who is deep and unknowable and full of well earned condescension toward men In an odd way it reminds me of Revolutionary Road or maybe just real life I enjoyed this [...]

    12. Eve on said:

      I thoroughly enjoyed it Forster has an amazing gift for writing about raw emotions I had to reread certain portions again and again, because I found myself thinking, I know EXACTLY what he means Witty, dark, hopeful, romantic This book had so many different facets to it I am curious to read about Forster s Italy in A Room with a View.Again and again, we re shown the transformation that individuals undergo in her immense beauty.

    13. Cecily on said:

      Upper middle class family go to rescue the offspring of their son s widow fathered by her new Italian husband she died in childbirth Evocative Italian setting and surprisingly modern idioms and turns of phrase Dinner was a nightmare and attitudes of some of the characters Unexpected ending.

    14. ✨jamieson ✨ on said:

      listen I like classics a lot but this was a boring classic I mean it has aesthetic appeal but fgjfs nothing happened this whole book is literally a custody battleAs per usual, I save my full review until after I ve gone to the tutorial for this book and heard the smart postgrads opinions, because then I can steal and claim them for my review obviously rtc

    15. Helga on said:

      For fools rush in where angels fear to tread Alexander PopeE.M Forster wrote this, his first novel, when he was 26 years old It starts lightly, with a comic vein, but ends in tragedy It was an engaging read.

    16. Rebecca Foster on said:

      Forster s first novel was published when he was just 26 In many ways it feels like a dress rehearsal for the themes and settings of A Room with a View, but with an awful histrionic ending that reads like a poor man s version of Thomas Hardy So, probably a 2.5 for me, but bumped up because it was very atmospheric reading on a trip to Tuscany last month See my Italian reading list on BookTrib Here s the story Lilia Herriton, an English widow in her early thirties, sets out for a year in Italy, aga [...]

    17. Cori on said:

      Although this book is fairly highly acclaimed, I didn t come anywhere close to loving it, especially like I loved A Room with a View It was Forster s first published novel, and I think it shows The writing and the plot were just not as strong as they are in his other books I ve read It was sort of a tragi comedy, with funny parts and some seriously tragic parts It all felt a little uneven and not cohesive I didn t get swept up in the characters I kept thinking that they were all selfish, even th [...]

    18. notgettingenough on said:

      I went to see the film with somebody who is seriously Anglo Saxon So when we came out, we fell on each other He was appalled at the way Italians respond to grief I was appalled at the way the Anglo Saxons do.Not that I am a whole hearted supporter of that Italian way of being emotional Part of the reason I took up knitting was to learn to control my Italian fly off the handle and get it over and done with That isn t necessarily the wrong way to deal with things, but it certainly isn t always the [...]

    19. Leni Iversen on said:

      3.5 stars.A tragic yet entertaining story about not very sympathetic people, some of whom you end up liking anyway because of their sheer humanity and the humour and pathos with which they are portrayed Though there is unfortunately some stereotyping, particularly national stereotyping.Oddly, the character who at first appears to be the main character, isn t who the book is about at all, and the entire story is all there to show the personality change and growth in another character There is no [...]

    20. Emma Flanagan on said:

      This was Forster s first novel, though given its novella would be accurate While I enjoyed it, it is not as well developed as his later work A number of the characters are poorly developed stereotypes Mrs Herriton, the typical Victorian matriarch Harriet the cold pious maiden aunt who has moments of hysteria in a manner befitting a Victorian lady Lillia, despite being 33, is like a silly young girl who comes to regret her foolish choice Gino a stereotypical Italian man The only two characters w [...]

    21. Laura on said:

      Cultures collide in Forster s first novel, which reads in many ways like a thematic rough draft of A Room With a View in fact several sentences are even repeated verbatim in RWAV But it s a great story in its own right When an English widow goes to Italy and then, in what could only be a fit of madness, marries an ITALIAN, her respectable in laws are scandalized That she should discover her husband is a bounder and then subsequently die in childbirth is no than can be expected from such folly B [...]

    22. MarnieKrüger on said:

      What an engaging read.I love how Forster makes Italy this almost tangible part of the story, how Italy effects and influences the characters, making them do things differently and not even realize it How Italy changes their opinions and feelings and everyone falls for it.The plot moves along quickly, always leaving you wanting Making this an easy two hour read.I ll defiantly try of Forster s books.

    23. Rhiannon on said:

      Italy, Italy People go there, I am told, to free themselves of the constraints of stuffy, modern life To take part in its beauty, and really live Ladies often go there to f uck hot Italian guys, eat tasty treats, and possibly write a memoir all about their spiritual awakening and or f ucking that hot Italian guy.Well, lady characters in the turn of the century did the same thing Minus the memoir part They never got a chance to write their memoirs No, their authors killed them off before they got [...]

    24. L.h. on said:

      My favorite quotation from the book He had known so much about her once what she thought, how she felt, the reasons for her actions And now he only knew that he loved her, and all the other knowledge seemed passing from him just as he needed it most I like Forster, and his portrayal of small people living in a small world, suddenly expanded by travel and exposure to people living passionately Not as heartbreaking as some of his other novels, not as emotionally gripping as some other authors simi [...]

    25. Eileen on said:

      There is so much wisdom packed into this short, first novel Forster s commentary on the misunderstandings and missed opportunities between people of different cultures and religions is still so relevant today I read this book after seeing the movie and before I set to work on my own remixed version of the whole stranger in a strange land experience.

    26. Tittirossa on said:

      Al di l degli stereotipi sugli italiani, come se fossero una trib di scimmie F si dimentica di Leonardo e Michelangelo , come se l unica cosa che conta nella vita fossero il riserbo e le maniere al di l di questo, grande ritratto grottesco sugli stereotipi inglesi.

    27. Stephen on said:

      HEADLINE This novel may have the most pathetic portrayal of a brawl between two men in the history of English literature, a sin that can be forgiven, however, given the unintentional comicality of it.This is E M Forster s first novel It shows It is a short novel, one that would be classified as a novella if anyone truly knew exactly what constitutes a novella It could be classified as a melodrama were it not for the development of the characters, particularly Philip It is in the development of t [...]

    28. Tony on said:

      WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD 1905 E M Forster .This was Forster s first novel, and remains, in my view, the most accessible of all the ones I ve read It displays early on most of the themes that Forster will take in his subsequent works, though in a sentimental manner It is a story about the clash of cultures In this case, most of the action takes place in a small fictional town in Tuscany, located somewhere between Siena and Florence The town was named Monteriano This was also the original title [...]

    29. Wendy on said:

      I would call this afair exploration of human nature There is a particular situation, and through that particular situation, we see the extent of a few characters true natures A couple of them are changed by the experience the others are not For its day pre World War I , it was probably than fair However, by today s standards, as a woman, I found it than a little dated I don t know what women were really like back then, since I m not 100 years old perhaps they did get a bit hysterical over bein [...]

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