Where Angels Fear to Tread (Twentieth Century Classics)

Where Angels Fear to Tread Twentieth Century Classics A group of well bred English people are confronted by a situation which is outside their experience their reactions are both unexpected and violent The catalyst is the marriage of the widowed Lilia He

  • Title: Where Angels Fear to Tread (Twentieth Century Classics)
  • Author: E.M. Forster
  • ISBN: 9780140180886
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • A group of well bred English people are confronted by a situation which is outside their experience their reactions are both unexpected and violent The catalyst is the marriage of the widowed Lilia Herriton to an Italian twelve years her junior, and the contrast between the vitality of disreputable, violent, pitiable Gino and the narrowness and lifelessness of the EnglisA group of well bred English people are confronted by a situation which is outside their experience their reactions are both unexpected and violent The catalyst is the marriage of the widowed Lilia Herriton to an Italian twelve years her junior, and the contrast between the vitality of disreputable, violent, pitiable Gino and the narrowness and lifelessness of the English forms of the central theme of the story Told with sympathy, a lightness, a grace of touch and a radiant atmosphere of humour, E.M Forsters s first novel shows what was to become his characteristic mastery of dialogue and character.

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    1. 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 f [...]

    2. 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 E [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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’ [...]

    5. 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 danger [...]

    6. "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 aflutte [...]

    7. 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. 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 [...]

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

    11. 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 enj [...]

    12. 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 more 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. Sorry guys I really didn't like this book. Borderline 1.5/2 stars!Honestly, out of the four books I read, this one was the one I found the most disappointing. It was very info-dumpy, most of the characters were very unlikeable and the storyline surrounding the attempt of trying to kidnap a baby from its father after the mother dies in childbirth was one at times, I didn’t feel comfortable reading about. I liked the length and the geographical settings but that was all. My penguin edition howev [...]

    14. 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.

    15. 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

    16. أنتظرت ما يقارب العشر سنوات، أكثر أو أقل بسنة حتى المح هذا العنوان مجدداً بين الكتب "مكان تخشاه الملائكة" كنتً مررت بالعنوان بصورة خاطفة وأنا لا أزال طالبة في المدرسة، ولكنه بقي في ذهني ولطالما تمنيت أي فرصة للالتقاء بالعنوان مجدداً حتى حصل ذلك أخيراً.سعيدة أنها رواية تستحق [...]

    17. "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.

    18. 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 i [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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 alw [...]

    21. 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 n [...]

    22. This was Forster's first novel, though given its novella would be more 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 c [...]

    23. 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 more than can be expected fro [...]

    24. 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 more of Forster’s books.

    25. 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 th [...]

    26. 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 author [...]

    27. 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.

    28. Al di là degli stereotipi sugli italiani, come se fossero una tribù 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 là di questo, grande ritratto grottesco sugli stereotipi inglesi.

    29. 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 developme [...]

    30. 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 a [...]

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