As one of Forster’s most beloved novels, “A Room With a View”, published in 1908, is in many ways not just a satire of English Edwardian society but also a classic coming of age story, or some may even say a classic romantic comedy. It is perhaps because of this multifacetedness that many readers over the years have come to love the book. Forster’s light touches of wit, cynicism and comic relief are a delight to read paired with amusing chapter titles such as “Music, Violets, and the Letter ‘S’” and “How Miss Bartlett’s Boiler Was So Tiresome” and colourful characters with silly names such as “Lucy Honeychurch”, “Miss Lavish” and “Cecil Vyse”. Plus, what’s not to love about an eclectic group of tourists exploring sunny, picturesque Italy?
In this series of posts I explore three characters (Miss Honeychurch, Cecil Vyse and George Emerson) and pair a Tuscan wine to each based on their personality and inner struggles throughout the book.
Part 1: Lucy in a muddle
Part 2: The gothic statue that is Cecil Vyse