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Howards End by E.M. Forster
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Howards End

by E.M. Forster

26 ratings, 3 reviews

Howards End, often mistakenly called Howard's End, has nothing to do with a guy named Howard, nor his "end." Howards End is the setting of E.M. Forster's masterful novel from 1910. The story features Margaret Schlegel, who is engaged to a far older widower named Henry Wilcox. Only after their engagement does she learn that he's never experienced introspection or self-wisdom. Her conclusion for how to treat Henry has become one of the most famous literary quotes: "Only connect!"

The larger tale is of the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes, two families which allegorically represent the future soul of England. The former represent reason and the latter passion - a philosophical conflict which Forster illustrates masterfully. The Schlegels are intellectual, artistic, and impractical, while the Wilcoxes are materialistic and elitist. A Humanist, Forster uses the narrative to explore some major philosophical themes: the connection between individuals, and their inner and outer lives; class conflict; and the future of England. The Modern Library ranks Howards End 38 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

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Christrose Sumner

October 07, 2013

Excellent observations on people, psychology, love, marriage, in the context of the times but still perceptive and relevant.

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Atharva Jadhav

September 11, 2012

Baddest in the world

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Aftan Bhai

April 03, 2012

It's a good book