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Howards End

Written by: E. M. Forster
Narrated by: Susannah Harker
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins

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First published in 1910, Howards End is considered by many to be Forster's greatest novel. Set at the beginning of the 20th century it follows the fortunes and interrelations between three family groups of differing backgrounds and outlooks. At the top of the money tree are the Wilcoxes who represent broadly materialism and an upper-class English archetype. The family has made money in the colonies and also have a property - Howards End - owned by the terminally-ill mother, Ruth Wilcox, who must decide how best to pass on the estate. A decision that triggers much of the novel's ensuing conflict, scandal and tragedy.

©2012 E.M. Forster (P)2012 Canongate Books

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  • 13-06-17

A level memories

I studied Howard's End for A levels in 1978. How wonderful to rediscover it. Only connect the past and the present.

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  • 22-07-19

Abridged version but worth a listen

The full version of this book is as well written as any Forster, but the author does digress into lengthy and rather repetitive philosophising, so unusually for me, I prefer the abridged version. Susannah Harker has a pleasant voice and excellent pronunciation, but an unfortunate habit of putting the wrong inflection into a sentence that she hasn’t fully understood. It’s not as frequent here as it is in her Sense & Sensibility, where she drives me potty! I wonder where the director is, when this happens. An excellent and unusual story, and this telling is a good companion to the Merchant Ivory film of 1992.