The disregard of a dying woman's bequest, a girl's attempt to help an impoverished clerk, and the marriage of an idealist and a materialist intersect at an estate called Howards End.
There, the lives of three families become entangled. The Wilcoxes, who own the estate, are a wealthy family who made their fortune in the American colonies. The Schlegel siblings - Margaret, Helen, and Tibby - are lively socialites whose spirited and active lifestyles are representative of the intellectual bourgeoisie. And the Basts are a young couple from a lower-class background who are struggling to survive. As chance brings them together, societal conventions come into question as does the ownership of Howards End.
Through the fate of the estate - as well as the lives of the families who are affiliated with it - Forster creates a brilliant parallel to the fate of English society itself.
Cosa ne pensano gli iscritti
- Chris Hedges
Interesting book, charmingly told
The book reminded me of standing in the ocean, facing the waves. This book starts out light and easy — providing a beautiful introduction to all the characters of the story — before it moves into a rhythm of stormy(ish) and calm tides. The relationship between the three siblings, sisters Margaret, Helen, and brother Tibby, are interesting and unique. I loved the reader of this book. Her voice and tone precisely match that of the two primary characters, Margaret and Helen.
- j t connolly
I guess most people are familiar with the story, I am, from the TV and film adaptations. I wanted to get the unabridged full fat version.
That was delivered, but to me the performance was lightweight. The reader used seemingly her own natural voice which was a little to 21st Century Estuary English for me. I realise a stilted RP might be equally irritating, but women of the at the time of the book just wouldn't sound like they were ordering a "flat whte to go" in Shoreditch café.
The two sisters "voices" were indistinguishable and the masculine characters weak too.
it didn't ruin the book, but I wish a less paperback romance/reading to children voice had been adopted.