“Sarah C said: 3 stars
This is about Lucy who goes to Italy with a older cousin as her chaperone and basically meets this guy and falls for him, but her cousin finds him to be inappropriate and they abruptly leave Italy. Several months later, Lucy is back home and eventually becomes engaged to someone else, until she realizes she cant marry him because she loves the other guy.
This wasnt bad, but I found the book kind of uninteresting and a little absurd, so much so I rented the movie to see if it was a little better. Which it was, but only because you could see the beautiful Italian and English countryside. Most of the characters I found to be annoying. I ve already started Howard's End and I already like it a little better,so we'll see how that goes.
JudithAnn said: 3.5 stars
This was a funny book, but it wasn’t always fun to read. There were laugh-out-loud moments and other jolly moments, but what happened really? Not much!
Don’t read this book if you’re one for a strong story line. In this book, written in 1908, a young English woman (Lucy) goes to Italy with a chaperone, her cousin Charlotte, and stays in a hotel with English-only guests. Since traveling all the way to Italy is still something only few people can afford, and Italy being uncivilized as it is, the guests stick together and take each other on outings.
From the beginning there is lots of gossip and warnings about not getting involved with unsuitable persons. It’s fun, but also a little tiresome.
When back in England, it turns out Lucy has fallen in love in Italy (the reader does not get much information on this while the story takes place in Italy) and she is engaged to be married to Cecil. But is Cecil really who she wants?
The story meanders on and only at the very end the reader finds out something that puts some of the story in a very different perspective.
If you feel like a classic, this is not a bad choice. If you want a good story, find something else to read!
Karin said: 1 star
Lucia (Lucy) Honeychurch is a conventional young woman on tour in Italy in the early 20th century who is accompanied by her middle aged cousin who is a spinster. The trip awakens more in her as she meets some unconventional people and witnesses a murder. She falls in love with George Emerson, an unconventional man who is a socialist and very much an individual. However, she denies and suppreses this as they are separated by Lucia's cousin, Miss Charlotte Bartlett. Lucy becomes engaged to a man she thinks she loves before meeting George once again, and the rest you have to read to find out.
The book started of rather insipidly, and there wasn't much depth put into the characters. Forster often used surnames as characters labels (surnames such as Eager, Lavish, Vyse (a surname, but sounds just like vise aka vice), or after famous people with certain outlooks that tied into his characters), which I found rather annoying. I finished this for 1001 books, etc, but was not thrilled with this book. Forster clearly meant this book to be a statement, but I didn't find it impressive in the least.”