I am now back from my holiday and ready to get going with blogposts again!
I thought I would start off by reviewing one of the books I read whilst away; A Room with a View by E.M. Forster.
The plot of the book centres around Lucy Honeychurch who is travelling in Florence. There, she meets a variety of characters including Mr. Beebe, Mr Emerson and Miss Lavish. All of the characters experience Italy in a different way and that makes the book exciting to read. Not only that, but because the characterss are so vasty different, their mash-up of personalities creates great chemistry and group dynamic. After an incident in the violet fields with George Emerson (I won’t spoil anything!), she decides to move on to Rome to become acquainted with a man called Cecil Vyse. Upon leaving Italy and returning back to her life in England, she is struck by its mundaneness and monotony. As she tries to re-adjust to life in the English countryside, her experiences and adventures in Italy try to force their way back in on every side.
This was a book that I had been specifically saving for my holiday to Italy as the book itself is set during an Edwardian summer in Italy. Because of this, the book was instantly comforting. It just felt right to be reading a book about a young woman’s adventure in Italy whilst I was on my own. I think it would be very difficult to fully enjoy and immerse yourself in this book if you read it in winter…
It’s a romantic novel but it’s not soppy. A Room with a View looks at love from a completely different angle. A love that is forbidden, misunderstood and denied as a result of socially acceptable norms and what is expected of young women.
I loved the main character and her approach to life. Lucy Honeychurch, though at first in denial, acknowledges that these so-called life rules must, at times, be broken in order to live life to the fullest. The real stupidity of people comes from adhering to societal expectations. Any meekness that might be perceived of Lucy quickly crumbled as she started to immerse herself and let Italy in. Italy plays a massive role in this story, as a way to show Lucy how freeing life can be, her position in life and how to find her true self.
There were some absolutely beautiful quotes in this book. Here’s a couple that I’d like to share with you:
“When I think of what life is, and how seldom love is answered by love; it is one of the moments for which the world was made.”
“It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.”
These quotes and the description of Italy really made my heart happy whilst reading them on the beach.
I am so happy that this book has introduced me to E.M. Forster and I can’t wait to read some more of his works.
Thanks for reading