A vibrant portrait of Edwardian England, Howards End examines personal relationships and conflicting values. The Schlegel sisters, Margaret and Helen, and their brother, Tibby, place their values in civilized living, music, literature, and conversation with their friends. The Wilcoxes, Henry and his children Charles, Paul, and Evie, are concerned with the business side of life and distrust emotions and imagination.Howards End, a charming country house in Hertfordshire that belonged to Henry Wilcox's first wife, becomes the object of an inheritance dispute between the Wilcox family and the Schlegel sisters. Through romantic entanglements, disappearing wills, and sudden tragedy, the conflict over the house emerges as a symbolic struggle for England's very future.
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An excellent accompaniment to my reading of this gorgeous novel. But, nevertheless, a five star performance; a female narrator for this novel is essential. The narrator enhanced the texture of the story and brought the characters alive.
Margaret's final confrontation with Henry after they discover Helen is pregnant and she is asking his permission to allow she and Helen to spend the night at Howard's End before Helen returns to Germany.
Margaret definitely. She was spot on.
E, M. Forster writes a masterpiece here. It is a gorgeous story, propelled by the action of the characters with insights by the third person narrator that is not intrusive at all. It is a lush, full story that examines greed, egoism, self-delusion, social and economic change its influence and incremental descent on the countryside. It also explores the meaning of and appreciation of things of culture and asceticism, and taking time for them rather than striving every moment for the toils of life. It explores family life and the differences of family, families of money and those who have none or little, and those who may have it and of which it has little meaning. This novel was as moving to me as Maugham's OF HUMAN BONDAGE, and Yates' REVOLUTIONARY ROAD. HOWARD'S END is a wonderful story but has so much to say about life. It is just one of those books one must read in one's life. It would be in my top ten books of required reading.
- Jeff Lacy
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- Josh Mitteldorf