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Ah, Room with a View. How did you like it? I very much enjoyed it myself. As was the case two weeks ago, though, I find myself without a whole lot to say. It was the sort of book with which I could sit back and just enjoy the story. Under Forster’s skillful guidance, the novel unfolded just as it needed to, I thought.
I very much liked Lucy. Oh, did she grow as a character. I don’t think her growth was unbelievable, though. I thought Forster portrayed her magnificently, especially her movement away from Cecil as she came into her own.
I also found George intriguing. I wasn’t completely sold on him for most of the novel — he seemed a bit awkward and maybe a little immature. The final scene, though, with Lucy and George in Italy was, I thought, lovely. They both seemed somehow to have settled into their right selves, the people they were at heart. And, with my penchant for clever titles, I quite enjoyed how the novel began and ended with the same “room with a view.”
I also appreciated that Forster didn’t wrap up all the loose ends to make a nice, tidy package of the tale. I liked that Lucy and her family were still on the road to reconciliation when we left them, and that Lucy and George were just starting their life together. I think there is a sweet spot (or perhaps several) at which an author can end a novel perfectly, with just enough having happened that the reader is satisfied but with enough left unresolved that the story lives on. In A Room with a View, I think Forster hit that spot.
And so I have nothing but praise for A Room with a View, a novel I very much believe has earned its classic status, and not so much to discuss. Perhaps February’s book (The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham, if you missed the announcement!) will have me writing more?
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