Free Classics: Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster

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E.M. Forster is a great writer and his first novel from 1905, “Where Angels Fear to Tread,” is not the usual first novel. It is a completely developed work. Consider this Amazon Reader Review:

” This is by far my favorite novel by Forster, and many rereadings have made it one of my favorite novels, period. In his first book, Forster shows a subtlety and lightness of touch . . . He makes wonderful use of the Italian settings and of Italian art, bringing them to vivid life, undermining tourist clichés, and weaving them gracefully into his main themes. No other book I know balances romanticism and irony so perfectly.”

So let’s take a look.

All her life had been spent at Sawston with a dull and amiable father, and her pleasant, pallid face, bent on some respectable charity, was a familiar object of the Sawston streets. Why she had ever wished to leave them was surprising; but as she truly said, “I am John Bull to the backbone, yet I do want to see Italy, just once. Everybody says it is marvellous, and that one gets no idea of it from books at all.” The curate suggested that a year was a long time; and Miss Abbott, with decorous playfulness, answered him, “Oh, but you must let me have my fling! I promise to have it once, and once only. It will give me things to think about and talk about for the rest of my life.” The curate had consented; so had Mr. Abbott. And here she was in a legno, solitary, dusty, frightened, with as much to answer and to answer for as the most dashing adventuress could desire.

It seems an adventure will be at hand for the reader. All of Forster’s books are engaging on a very thoughtful. This is one of the better free classics.


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