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Howards End

E. M. Forster

Book Overview: 

The book is about three families in England at the beginning of the twentieth century. The three families represent different gradations of the Edwardian middle class: the Wilcoxes, who are rich capitalists with a fortune made in the Colonies; the half-German Schlegel siblings (Margaret, Tibby, and Helen), who represent the intellectual bourgeoisie and have a lot in common with the real-life Bloomsbury Group; and the Basts, a couple who are struggling members of the lower-middle class. The Schlegel sisters try to help the poor Basts and try to make the Wilcoxes less prejudiced. The motto of the book is “Only connect…”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Margaret, getting more and more excited, and taking a chair without invitation. "How perfectly extraordinary! I can see that you have. You felt as I do; Helen mustn't meet him again."

"I did think it best."

"Now why?"

"That's a most difficult question," said Mrs. Wilcox, smiling, and a little losing her expression of annoyance. "I think you put it best in your letter—it was an instinct, which may be wrong."

"It wasn't that your son still—"

"Oh no; he often—my Paul is very young, you see."

"Then what was it?"

She repeated: "An instinct which may be wrong."

"In other words, they belong to types that can fall in love, but couldn't live together. That's dreadfully probable. I'm afraid that in nine cases out of ten Nature pulls one way and human nature another."

"These are indeed 'other words,'" said Mrs. Wilcox. "I had nothing so coherent in my head. I was m. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I loved this book so much that I will never be able to do it justice in this review. I finished it several months ago, but still I think of it often and have recommended it to numerous friends. While reading, I used countless post-its to mark beautiful and thoughtful passages.

Howard's End was one of


Gli Schlegel nel buon film omonimo diretto da Ivory nel 1992: la sorella maggiore Margaret è Emma Thompson, Helen è interpretata da Helena Bonham Carter, il fratello minore Tibby è Adrian Ross Magenty.

Per qualcuno è questo il capolavoro di E.M.Forster, per altri invece è l’ultimo roman

The joy I received from reading HOWARDS END again. Over the years I have always read the hard cover, but this time I decided on the audiobook. One of our bookclub members suggestion the book when choosing from “1001”. What an opportunity to try a different format.

This is a period piece. One where ev

Oh, Forster is kind to the reader!

I was building up the kind of panic I felt on the last pages of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, when the overwhelming unfairness of the rigid English society came crashing down on the characters I had learned to love. I had invested so much time and feeling in Helen an

My review is not a review of Howard's End as much as it is a review of the negative reviews.

Most of the criticism seems to be that the readers felt that this book had nothing to do with them. They weren't familiar with the places in England referenced in the book. It was too English. It wasn't unive

The title refers to a British country home, not a mansion like a Downton Abbey, but a small comfortable home with charm. (Although it seems that the story is set at about the same time as Downton Abbey.) The story revolves around two sisters who, on separate visits, fall in love with the home and in

2.5 "This Champagne has gone flat and don't tell me that Vanilla is from Madagascar" stars !!

Third Most Disappointing Read of 2019 Award

In my late teens I read all of Mr. Forster's books and although not my favorites I enjoyed them thoroughly. I wanted to re-read one at random and see what my for

Forster is the Jane Austen of the 20th century. He clearly read her novels and fell in love.

And this makes him rather unusual amongst his literary peers. He didn’t do anything new; he didn’t write with any particular passion or any attempt at breaking a literary boundary. His writing is relativ

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”Discussion keeps a house alive. It cannot stand by bricks and mortar alone.”

I’ve fallen in love with the Schlegel sisters twice now in separate decades. I plan to keep falling in love with them for many decades to come. They a

3.5 stars

"A place, as well as a person, may catch the glow. Don't you see that all this leads to comfort in the end? It is part of the battle against sameness. Differences--eternal differences, planted by God in a single family, so that there may always be colour; sorrow perhaps, but colour in the d

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