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June 2015
Howards End - E.M. Forster - Penguin, 2012
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"Only connect!" is this novel's most famous line, though that wasn't the message that I took away from it. The phrase appears in a passage which describes the intention of the protagonist Margaret, a woman with a strong cultural and spiritual inner life, to persuade her materialistic and emotionally repressed fiancé Henry to open up to the richness of the world around him. She fails, and similarly for me the novel doesn't quite succeed, perhaps because Forster is a little too like Henry himself.
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