Now I can’t be the only one who saw the BBC adaptation of Howard’s End at Christmas and had to read the book!
Perhaps E. M. Forster’s best known novel, Howards End tells the story of the Schlegels and their interactions with two other families, the Wilcoxes and the Basts.
When watching the TV programme, I thought this book was mostly about the two sisters and the freedoms that were slowly developing for women at that time. But on reading the book, it became apparent that Howards End is far more about the class system at the time.
I loved reading Howards End just as much as I enjoyed watching the programme. It is the first of E. M. Forster’s novels that I have read (how did that happen??) and I loved the tone of the novel, the characters and the plot twists within. Even though I had seen the programme, I was still excited to read on.
The ending is very sad, but also the right ending. It gets across the horrific impact of the ridiculous beliefs that were held at that time about people and the way that their class dictated the way they should be treated.
I enjoyed this book so much that I am tempted to read it again soon and see what else I can get from it.
I definitely wouldn’t say no to watching the adaptation again either!