Well, what a surprise this book turned out to be! A few years ago a friend of mine mentioned that she'd read the book and hadn't liked it and since our tastes are very similar I automatically assumed that I wouldn't think very much of it either. Recently though I've happened to come across some really positive reviews for this book and I became interested in it all over again. But even then I certainly wasn't expecting to enjoy the book as much as I did. I had no idea that I was going to find A Room with a View so funny! This book made me smile and laugh on so many occasions. The humour and tone of this book is very reminiscent of Jane Austen. Jane Austen was in fact E.M. Forster's favourite author. There's a great deal of Austen-esque social satire in the book and the book has a surprising amount of depth. The characters are all memorable, funny and well-developed. Well, there is one exception but I'll get to them later. A lot of the characters in this book could have been incredibly unlikeable in the hands of another author but Forster is like Austen in that he's able to make even his more annoying characters fun to read about. Even Cecil is allowed some humanity and depth! Technically Forster's writing is very beautiful too and there are some wonderful quotes in this story.
“It isn't possible to love and to part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.”
"The kingdom of music is not the kingdom of this world; it will accept those whom breeding and intellect and culture have alike rejected. The commonplace person begins to play, and shoots into the empyrean without effort, whilst we look up, marvelling how he has escaped us, and thinking how we could worship him and love him, would he but translate his visions into human words, and his experiences into human actions. Perhaps he cannot; certainly he does not, or does so very seldom.”