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A harrowing and funny account of the collisions of two cultures?one obsessed with duty, the other with pleasure. When an English widow has the effrontery to marry a penniless Italian, her proper relations take it upon themselves to set things straight.

"A story of questioning, disillusionment and conversion. It is a criticism of the great middle class...a novel of sexuality." --L. Trilling

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A harrowing and funny account of the collisions of two cultures—one obsessed with duty, the other with pleasure. When an English widow has the effrontery to marry a penniless Italian, her proper relations take it upon themselves to set things straight.

"A story of questioning, disillusionment and conversion. It is a criticism of the great middle class...a novel of sexuality." --L. Trilling

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786104710
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 4 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 6.73 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

E.M. Forster
A graceful writer with a keen eye for the bittersweetness bound in differences of class and culture, E. M. Forster had an abbreviated but remarkably successful career as a novelist and established himself as one of England's most insightful 20th-century writers.

Biography

Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879, attended Tonbridge School as a day boy, and went on to King's College, Cambridge, in 1897. With King's he had a lifelong connection and was elected to an Honorary Fellowship in 1946. He declared that his life as a whole had not been dramatic, and he was unfailingly modest about his achievements. Interviewed by the BBC on his eightieth birthday, he said: "I have not written as much as I'd like to... I write for two reasons: partly to make money and partly to win the respect of people whom I respect... I had better add that I am quite sure I am not a great novelist." Eminent critics and the general public have judged otherwise and in his obituary The Times called him "one of the most esteemed English novelists of his time."

He wrote six novels, four of which appeared before the First World War, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), and Howard's End (1910). An interval of fourteen years elapsed before he published A Passage to India. It won both the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Maurice, his novel on a homosexual theme, finished in 1914, was published posthumously in 1971. He also published two volumes of short stories; two collections of essays; a critical work, Aspects of the Novel; The Hill of Devi, a fascinating record of two visits Forster made to the Indian State of Dewas Senior; two biographies; two books about Alexandria (where he worked for the Red Cross in the First World War); and, with Eric Crozier, the libretto for Britten's opera Billy Budd. He died in June 1970.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Edward Morgan Forster
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 1, 1879
    2. Place of Birth:
      London
    1. Date of Death:
      June 7, 1970
    2. Place of Death:
      Coventry, England

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    A matter of values

    Recently widowed Lilia leaves her overbearing in-laws in England, to tour Italy, which her brother in law assures her is enchanting. Completely entranced by the Italian lifestyle and culture, Lilia falls for a handsome but penniless younger man and impulsively marries him. Her scandalized mother-in-law immediately disowns her for bringing shame upon the family. A year later, Lilia is dead in childbirth, and while her English in-laws have no genuine interest in her infant son, a chance remark from a family friend impels them to seek custody in order to save him from a "savage" upbringing.

    Where Angels Fear to Tread is no love story. Forster began his writing career with this book of contrasts, introducing themes that would occupy him for the rest of his life. The sterility and pretensions of upper middle class Edwardian society are scrutinized against the passionate (and heavily stereotyped) lifestyle of the Italians, and come up short. What matters more, duty or happiness, self control or self expression, intention or outcome? This novel is described as social satire, and it has its amusing, farcical elements, but the subject matter is serious and the ending, tragic.

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    Posted April 10, 2012

    Sucks!!!

    Not a romance!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Loved it

    Great read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2003

    set to read for school

    at first it was difficult to keep track of characters in the beg. but afterwards you get pulled in the story, its like a giant rollercoaster, fast, slow, up and down.

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