I am very excited to have started a five-week summer class on the “modern” novel. I have read all of these books before but am looking forward to re-reading and discussing them. How do all of you feel about re-reading? I think that each time I read a book I get something different from it. Do you?
We have started with A Room With A View; this book is a perfect summer read for the armchair traveler who gets to spend time in both Italy and the English countryside. Forster is witty but also has something to say. What does it mean to want A Room With A View? How can the young protagonist, Lucy Honeychurch, open her world and grow and is this a worthwhile quest? What does it mean to begin to trust one’s own perceptions and to perhaps step away from society’s dictates? Of amusing note are the character’s names which seem to reflect personality traits; there is Miss Bartlett who is kind of like a hothouse pear, the Emersons who are philosophical like Ralsph Waldo, Miss Lavish who indulges herself, etc. If you have not read this novel, I definitely recommend it. Next for the class will be Mrs. Dalloway….I will write more soon.