Thursday (Without) Tea: A Room With a View

I still love the idea of Thursday Tea, so I have been thinking that if I cannot get an actual bookish post written, I might just settle for an update of sorts through this format. Until I arrived back home from work today and realised that there is one problem: The water boiler I use for tea has been moved to the new house already, and here, in this apartment with only the bare essentials (and all the books in boxes) left, I cannot drink any tea anymore!

So instead, I give you: a thursday without tea.

Fortunately, I have been reading in between packing and preparing for a paper presentation (Seriously, WHY did I figure it was a good idea to attempt to write a paper for a conference in between pregnancy and moving, even if the conference theme is perfect?!)

These past few days, I have been reading A Room with a View by E.M. Forster. Another one of those classics that has lingered on my shelves for years and years and years. I never knew quite what to expect of it, but then I read the back cover while packing and decided that I simply must give it a go.

And it is turning out to be rather lovely! The writing is wonderful. The plot might seem predictable, but it is executed very nicely. And I love the themed critique of the power of what imagery of women can do to curtail women from being individuals and instead constantly aiming to live up to an image that society imposes. I also like how it shows that this imagery harms both women ánd men, because both struggle to look beyond it to the person behind the facade that is expected at every turn. The image of the room, used in discourse between Lucy and Cecil as a metaphor for this kind of relationship and between Lucy and George for what might be found beyond societal expectations: it’s simple, but it really spoke to me.

Conclusion: I am enjoying my time with this book very much. Even if I have to read it with plain water instead of tea.

9 thoughts on “Thursday (Without) Tea: A Room With a View

  1. bookarino

    I read this book last autumn, and found it very enjoyable. I approached it the same way as you did, without knowing too much, and was positively surprised by the social commentary. I’ll definitely try to fit more Forster on my reading list. Good luck with the moving and paper presentation!

  2. didibooksenglish

    Funny I’m thinking of picking this one up too this month. Since I have a lot of work I can’t really do long books right now. I remember loving the film and I’m curious to see how the book is. Now that I’ve seen your post I’m even more excited about reading it. Thanks for the unplanned encouragement. 😃

  3. Violet

    It’s improper for a young lady to inhabit a hotel room that a young man has just vacated! The rules and restrictions were so ridiculous. It’s an excellent book though. I’m glad you’re liking it.

  4. Scott W.

    I am currently reading Forster’s The Longest Journey. I had forgotten what a fine writer he is. For another look at this issue of restrictions placed on women with regard to a “room with a view,” you might be interested in Swedish writer Carl Jonas Love Almqvist’s Sara Videbeck.

  5. Bina

    Ahhh I do miss everything. Congrats to you and your partner, hope the pregnacy is going well!! And also your house is super cute🙂
    Hope the conference was fun! Too bad about the tea kettle, but it’s a good book, not all books hold up when only read with a cup of plain water.

  6. sakura

    I remember my friends and I were obsessed with the Merchant Ivory film adaptation of this novel when we were at school. I went on to read the book but I’m afraid most of what I remember is of the film! Have you seen it?


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