Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Greatest Underappreciated Love Story

A Room With a ViewA Room with a View – E.M. Forster
Evan’s ESS = 8 out of 10
Erin’s ESS =  9 out of 10
Content = (Adult Content, Snobbish Attitudes, Indecision, Skinny Dipping)

“You say Mr. Vyse wants me to listen to him, Mr. Emerson.  Pardon me for suggesting that you have caught the habit.”

Why:  We’re probably still basking in the afterglow of this wonderful novel, but A Room with a View may have just rocked into our (Evan’s) top 10 best love stories of all time.  Yet, when we search other best of lists, this novel is nowhere to be found.  In fact, visitors to even voted more frequently for Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree and Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s, The Little Prince.  While both are touching novels in their own respects, how do they possibly compare with the same novel that Pam, Oscar, and Toby reviewed in an episode of The Office?  Truthfully, the list on the aforementioned website loses nearly all of its credibility by placing I Capture the Castle all the way down at number 79.  Either the entire literary world is screwed up, or we are, and this crazy voice in the back of our head is telling us that it’s not the latter.  Great, now we’re all worked up and sweaty.

Anyway, (does it seem like we often begin the second paragraph of our reviews trying to get back on track?) regardless of what others think, A Room with a View is a good stinkin’ book.  The novel is really a coming of age commentary of high society England at the turn of the 19th century.  The main character, Lucy Honeychurch, is forced into making numerous decisions that will ultimately define her as a woman.  Enter all around good guy, George Emerson, and get ready for the fireworks.  Similar to reading Dickens and Austen, the modern reader must stay alert in order to catch every witticism and profound critique.  For us the novel’s lone flaw was that we didn’t feel the same incredible connection to the main characters as we have in some of the other great love stories.  We’ll allow A Room with a View to simmer before casting a final judgment, but for now we plan to try our best to ignore any critics.

Editor’s Note:  There is a Graphic novel out in Literature Land entitled, A Room with a Déjà View.  Be sure to check your titles, people…

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