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Howards End (Penguin Classics) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

E.M. Forster , David Lodge
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27. April 2000 014118213X 978-0141182131 New Ed
A meticulously-observed drama of class warfare, E.M. Forster's Howards End explores the conflict inherent within English society, unveiling the character of a nation as never before. This Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction and notes by David Lodge. 'Only connect...' A chance acquaintance brings together the preposterous bourgeois Wilcox family and the clever, cultured and idealistic Schlegel sisters. As clear-eyed Margaret develops a friendship with Mrs Wilcox, the impetuous Helen brings into their midst a young bank clerk named Leonard Bast, who lives at the edge of poverty and ruin. When Mrs Wilcox dies, her family discovers that she wants to leave her country home, Howards End, to Margaret. Thus as Forster sets in motion a chain of events that will entangle three different families, he brilliantly portrays their aspirations to personal and social harmony. David Lodge's introduction provides an absorbing and eloquent overture to the 1910 novel that established Forster's reputation as an important writer, and that he himself later referred to as 'my best novel'. This edition also contains a note on the text, suggestions for further reading, and explanatory notes. E. M. Forster (1879-1970) was a noted English author and critic and a member of the Bloomsbury group. His first novel, Where Angels Fear To Tread appeared in 1905. The Longest Journey appeared in 1907, followed by A Room With A View (1908), based partly on the material from extended holidays in Italy with his mother. Howards End (1910) was a story that centered on an English country house and dealt with the clash between two families, one interested in art and literature, the other only in business. Maurice was revised several times during his life, and finally published posthumously in 1971. If you enjoyed Howard's End, you might like Forster's A Room with a View, also available in Penguin Classics.

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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Classics; Auflage: New Ed (27. April 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 014118213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141182131
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,5 x 12,8 x 1,5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 443.835 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Margaret Schlegel, engaged to the much older, widowed Henry Wilcox, meets her intended the morning after accepting his proposal and realizes that he is a man who has lived without introspection or true self-knowledge. As she contemplates the state of Wilcox's soul, her remedy for what ails him has become one of the most oft-quoted passages in literature:
Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.
Like all of Forster's work, Howards End concerns itself with class, nationality, economic status, and how each of these affects personal relationships. It follows the intertwined fortunes of the Schlegel sisters, Margaret and Helen, and the Wilcox family over the course of several years. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes, on the other hand, can't be bothered with the life of the mind or the heart, leading, instead, outer lives of "telegrams and anger" that foster "such virtues as neatness, decision, and obedience, virtues of the second rank, no doubt, but they have formed our civilization." Helen, after a brief flirtation with one of the Wilcox sons, has developed an antipathy for the family; Margaret, however, forms a brief but intense friendship with Mrs. Wilcox, which is cut short by the older woman's death. When her family discovers a scrap of paper requesting that Henry give their home, Howards End, to Margaret, it precipitates a spiritual crisis among them that will take years to resolve.

Forster's 1910 novel begins as a collection of seemingly unrelated events--Helen's impulsive engagement to Paul Wilcox; a chance meeting between the Schlegel sisters and an impoverished clerk named Leonard Bast at a concert; a casual conversation between the sisters and Henry Wilcox in London one night. But as it moves along, these disparate threads gradually knit into a tightly woven fabric of tragic misunderstandings, impulsive actions, and irreparable consequences, and, eventually, connection. Though set in the early years of the 20th century, Howards End seems even more suited to our own fragmented era of e-mails and anger. For readers living in such an age, the exhortation to "only connect" resonates ever more profoundly. --Alix Wilber -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


"Howards End is a classic English novel . . . superb and wholly cherishable . . . one that admirers have no trouble reading over and over again," said Alfred Kazin.

"Howards End is undoubtedly Forster's masterpiece; it develops to their full the themes and attitudes of [his] early books and throws back upon them a new and enhancing light," wrote the critic Lionel Trilling. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A clash between idealism and practicality. 1. Juli 2000
The Schlegel sisters are interested in the arts and in the more idealistic liberal social movements of their early 20th century world. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic. There seems to be little in common between the two families, but not even a highly embarrassing early amorous encounter can keep them apart. Poor Leonard Bast is as idealistic as the Schlegels, but encumbered by an unloved wife with a shady past, he has not their financial means to avoid dealing with the practicalities of life. Caught between the two factions, he eventually is crushed. Only Margaret Schlegel is finally strong enough to bridge the gap between the practical and the ideal by exerting her benevolent humanity, her passionate and yet controlled determination that people must "connect."HOWARDS END is a minor masterpiece, capturing perfectly the conflict between rigid Victorian values and the more free and open changes in the turbulent years before World War I. Forster handles his characters with great sensitivity and sympathy, yet with a subtle and skillful irony. The novel is not intended for rapid reading, but there is a felicity of expression that is an ample reward for careful perusal. Less fastidious than Henry James, not quite the equal of Trollope in characterization, a more subtle stylist than William Dean Howells, Forster combines some of the best elements of all three of these social chroniclers in an important work that is both highly personal and universal in scope.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The way to live 24. Mai 2010
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There is an implicit recurrent question in all (good) literature: What is a life and how should it be lived? It is the eternal human question after what constitutes the good life. In a novel, the question may appear more or less explicitly, it may be asked in greater or lesser generality, the plot may try to give an answer or try to avoid doing so. Forster's novel 'Howards End' poses the question rather explicitly and approaches it from many perspectives. The novel is driven by the conflict between two diverging views on the good life: One is based on the assumption that life is more than its material content. In this life poetry and music count for much, intellectual pursuits are valued higher than worldly success, and the various threads of reality connect in a significant way. This inner life, however, fails to connect with the kind of life that supports the material basis of society. This view on life is held by the Mrs. Schlegels, Margaret and Helen, whose lives are determined by literature, music, and intellectual discussion.

The other view on life is personified in Mr Henry Wilcox, who is a successful business man with a keen insight into the workings of the market but whose intelligence stops short of understanding anything beyond the world of figures. His life is the life of 'telegrams and anger' where decisions are taken and risks run. In this world the strongest survive and there is no pity for those who go under. This side of life, the struggle of those at the brink of poverty who scarcely stay on the side of propriety, is represented by Mr Bast, a petty clerk whose life is ruined by the well intentioned dabbling of the Mrs Schlegels and Mr Wilcox and who in the end takes involuntary revenge for the wrongs done to him, even at the price of his own life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gourmet dining. 8. Februar 2000
The film is dessert. The novel is a thoroughly satisfying meal. The movie is beautifully photographed, faithfully captures the dialogue, and it even gets the comic moments right. But it can't do more than hint at the pleasures of "the real thing."
Every page of the book offers, not just lush landscapes, but ideas worth arguing about. It reminds us that people's actions are bubbles on the surface, the outward and visible signs of events that take place deep within their interior worlds. What's astonishing about this story is how thoroughly it plumbs those worlds. Like Faulkner and Virginia Woolf, Forster has the power to take us way down into the lives of his main characters. We witness what they are becoming, moment by moment. And brooding over the whole story is the wordless, intuitive influence of Ruth Wilcox (the Vanessa Redgrave character) and the power of her love for family and home.
A hugely enjoyable book that demands to be read again and again.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A CLASSIC STORY OF GOOD INTENTIONS GONE AWRY 21. Februar 1999
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Howard's End begins with a muddle and ends with a muddle - in between, characters from three distinct classes collide and all involved are forever changed. The independent, free thinking Schlegel sisters encounter Leonard Bast, a young man desperately trying to keep from falling into the abyss of poverty. They are determined to help him and pass on advice which they think is sound, but is actually a thoughtless comment, from a wealthy businessman, Henry Wilcox. When Leonard acts upon this information his situation is worsened greatly and the younger Schlegel determines to make things right. Henry's wife, Ruth, scribbles a death bed message bequeathing her family country house, Howard's End, to the elder Schlegel - someone she barely knew, but with whom she made a special connection. Ruth's message is dismissed by her family as a dying woman's delerious last words. This is the set up and it only gets better from here! Forster is a master at weaving complicated stories filled with emotion and irony where even small details can result in major consequences. His ability to create such fully formed characters makes the reader feel strongly about what happens to them. This is a fascinating and bittersweet story which rings true ninety years after it was written. I saw the brilliant Merchant/Ivory film before reading the book, so I was able to envision the characters and settings vividly - I often wonder how I would have felt if I had read the book first. I love this book and look forward to reading it a many more times in my life.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Howard's End
Ein bezauberndes Buch, allerdings mehr für Liebhaber der Englischen Literatur geeignet.Leider eine etwas alte Ausgabe. Das Buch lässt sich mittel leicht lesen.
Veröffentlicht am 11. März 2012 von Oana Bostroem
4.0 von 5 Sternen Class British Literature
Forster's famous novel made the century's top 100. This is the story of the Schlegel family which consists of three young adults: Margaret, Helen and their effeminate brother... Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Emma Thompson Brings the book to Life
Howards End is one of my favourite novels. I find myself applying it's quiet little lessons to my life rather often and have gotten to know it's wonderfully winding structure of a... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2000 von S. Antonio Arch
5.0 von 5 Sternen Clash of the classes in Merry Old England
After having read Ford Mmaddox Ford, Virginia Woolf, and DH Lawrence - Forster contemporaries - I was shocked that I thoroughly enjoyed Howard's End. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2000 von Chandler Merrell
5.0 von 5 Sternen An exquisite book.
An exquisite book. Forster combines a fast, lyrical read with the intensity of a murder mystery. In tight, consistent prose Forster's restraint delivers a scathing commentary on... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Januar 2000 von Bradford
5.0 von 5 Sternen Howard's End - My favourite!
On reading the book reviews already on-line, I just had to reply. I have recently read Howard's End for the second time and I have watched the film numerously. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. November 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Lovely
You can't get more English than this! Although Forster's novel can be painfully honest in its depiction of the pathetic intricacies of the British class system, it is nevertheless... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best books I have ever read; extraordinary
A friend recommended that I read Howard's End and A Room With a View. I have yet to read the latter, but Howard's End was incredible. E.M. Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Follow Up to Howards End... Hilton Junction
James Prater, a new young writer comes a provactive follow up to E. M. Forster's Howard's End. Hilton Junction continues the lives of the Shlagel sisters 3 years after the affairs... Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well Written
I chose this book because it was on the Best 100 Books List, and it was very enjoyable. Forster's characters are so interesting and alive. Lesen Sie weiter...
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