, March 20, 2008
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Don't ask me how I missed E. M. Forster in college, but he's a master. From the first chapter and Helen's letters, I was hooked. The pacing is excellent. The characters are well drawn. This is a comedy of manners, a tragedy of social class. Poor Leonard who only longs for beauty! He dies like the romantic he always wanted to be, but no one seems to notice...not even his wife. The moneyed and genteel Schlegels seem to vie with the up-and-coming Wilcox for the soul of England. No one really wins. Throughout it all, London creeps across the horizon toward Howards End.