E. M. Forster is good at writing about the peccadilloes of the British classes. In A Room with a View, we see romantic interest clash with respectability in the upper classes as they vacation in the south of Europe. Lucy is being courted by Cecil, who is just the kind of toff mothers approve of but peers despise. Despite her misgivings she gives in to his proposal of marriage, only to realize that she is in love with the man she met while vacationing in Florence. The book has a happy ending and amor vincit omnia, which makes it one of the more romantic and positive of Forster’s works.
Forster writes in his dry style, making us privy to many small innuendoes that change the lives of people. A forelock brushed away, a hasty exclamation, an uninvited guest, these are the nuances that are present in the book and accessible to the careful reader. Final verdict: Not as sterling as some of his other work, but a good read nonetheless.