Where Angels Fear To Tread, Paperback book

Where Angels Fear To Tread[Paperback]

by E.M. Forster

3.46 out of 5 (13 ratings)

Penguin Books Ltd 
Publication Date:
31 May 2007 
Modern & Contemporary 


When attractive, impulsive English widow Lidia takes a holiday in Italy, she causes a scandal by marrying Gino, a dashing and highly unsuitable Italian twelve years her junior. Her prim, snobbish in-laws make no attempts to hide their disapproval, and when Lidia's decision eventually brings disaster, her English relatives embark on an expedition to face the uncouth foreigner. But when they are confronted by the beauty of Italy and the charm and vitality of the disreputable Gino, they are forced to examine their own narrow lives, and their reactions are emotional, violent and unexpected.

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  • Forster is my favorite novelist, and I can not articulate how much I love this book. It is stunning how he expresses the need of his characters for each other, and their fear of needing eachother... that they are 'angels' who 'fear to tread' amongst each other... It's timeless.

    5.00 out of 5


  • I can't believe how long it took me to discover EM Foster! Having done so, I've gotten through more or less his complete works in less than six months and am recommending him to my daughter who, at the age of 16, seems to me ready to take on more adult reading but struggles a bit with certain 'classics' where the themes appear inaccessible to one so young.Forster looks at how human society operates to support certain individuals it collectively approves of and to correct (if it doesn't go so far as to bring down) those it disapproves of.As relevent today as ever he was.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Wanted to read an E. M. Forster book. Enjoyed

    4.00 out of 5


  • I read this as an Amazon Kindle ebook.This novel chronicles the actions of the English upper class among the hoi polloi of Italy. It is an engaging story, and a scathing critique of the English class system. Blind arrogance leads to spiral of tragedy. I believe this was Forster's first novel, written while in his 20's. The story shows remarkable emotional sophistication for so young an author.

    4.00 out of 5


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