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Howards End review Ú 100 Ô Howards End is a novel by E M Forster about social conventions codes of conduct and relationships in turn of the century England A strong willed and intelligent woman refuses to allow the pretensions of her husband's smug English family to ruin her life Howards End is considered by some to be Forster's masterpieceHowards End is a novel by E M Forster about social conventions codes of conduct and relationships in turn. My review is not a review of Howard's End as much as it is a review of the negative reviewsMost 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 universal True on some counts This book isn't about you It isn't about now It isn't directly relevant to today It won't feed the soul of the egomaniacIt is however a beautifully written book with a interesting storyline about a time in history that is important in that way that history is important The novel is not just SETin a pre World Wars Europe it is actually written before the wars that changed the western world and its literature forever Moreover it is written in the period immediately preceding the wars and the presented tension between England and Germany not written with the advantage of hindight adds to the books worthiness Beyond the tension is a modern view of Germany that predates and so is untainted by the horror of the Holocaust The Germany of Howard's End is a Germany of philosophers and musicians Not deranged dictatorsIs it important to be able to perfectly picture the setting of every scene in a book If it is I'm in trouble I think I just have pre painted backdrops for certain things Bucolic English countryside Check 17th century French parlor Check Mars circa 3011 Check My depictions might not be terribly accurate but I'm not going to let that get in the way of a good story What is universal than the tension between wealth and poverty Between lust and restraint What is universal than feeling both the pull of family and the desire to push them away What is universal than hypocrisy What is universal than the struggle of the sexes to find their proper place in relation to one another This Book Has Everything Except you You're not in this bookYou already know what its like to live here now What was it like to live there then Go ahead and read it for the sex and intrigue but stay for the history and the political discussion If you don't need to see yourself reflected in everything you read you won't be disappointed

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Of the century England A strong willed and intelligent woman refuses to allow the pretensions of her hus. 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 the novels I took on my visit to England earlier this summer I wanted to read English authors while I was there and I'm so glad I did The specialized reading completely enhanced the trip and it was especially true for this bookThis was also a re read for me I first read Howard's End when I was in high school after I saw the excellent Merchant Ivory movie version But that was 1992 and I was just an impressionable teenager Reading it as an adult with life experience made me better appreciate how amazing this novel isIf you are unfamiliar with the story we follow two sisters Margaret and Helen Schlegel in London around 1910 More on the significance of that timing in a moment The Schlegels are well educated progressive and love literature music and art They hold cultural discussions and like to talk about improving society When they meet poor intelligent Leonard Bast at a music concert they see someone they want to champion Meanwhile the Schlegels have also crossed paths with the rich Wilcox family and entanglements ensue One of the key threads of the book is who will inherit Howard's End which was the estate of Ruth Wilcox Early in the book Ruth wants to give it to Margaret Schlegel but Henry Wilcox Ruth's husband refuses to oblige her wish More entanglements ensueAs I read this novel I appreciated how Forster was trying to recreate modern England with families from three classes the rich capitalists Wilcoxes the liberal middle class Schlegels and the downtrodden workers Mr and Mrs Bast There were so many good uotes about social class and the state of society and I found it all fascinating and thought provoking Reading a great novel such as Howard's End reminded me of how much literature can enrich a life It answers uestions I didn't know I had askedOn the chance that some Goodreaders don't want the ending spoiled I'll hide the outcome view spoilerAfter Ruth dies Margaret marries Henry Wilcox and she eventually inherits the estate Margaret decides to leave it to her nephew who is the bastard son of Helen and Leonard Bast So if there are any English majors working on essays and you want to read into the SYMBOLISM of that it's like the working class finally got some landwealth from the aristocrats and in England land euals power hide spoiler

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Howards EndBand's smug English family to ruin her life Howards End is considered by some to be Forster's masterpiece. I've read three of Forster's most well known novels and yet I don't feel I know them at all Even this one as I read it was fading from memory I don't mean to say that his work is forgettable but with every Forster book I've read amazing human portraits and elegant occasionally profound turns of phrase somehow they all flitter on out of my head It's as if they were witty clouds intelligent and incorporeal Heck I've even seen movie versions for a couple of them and I still don't recall what the stories are aboutWhy is that If I could pinpoint it well then I wouldn't have started this review with that first paragraph Perhaps it is because of Forster's penchant for pleasant diversions He expounds upon ideas as the action unfolds and that's wonderful He gives the reader some very nice theories on human behavior to ponder upon My problem is that I ponder too frickin' much A writer like Forster is a danger to me My imagination likes to fly and it's not very well tethered so when I read books like Howards End with lines like And of all means to regeneration remorse is surely the most wasteful It cuts away healthy tissues with the poisoned It is a knife that probes far deeper than the eviloh boy off goes my mind in another direction and the next thing I know I've spent 20 minutes on a single page Ah but they are wondrous pages to linger upon Perhaps it is worth the time