Where Angels Fear to Tread (2 Cassettes)

Where Angels Fear to Tread (2 Cassettes)

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Forster's acclaimed first novel displays his finely honed talent for using the tragi-comic incident to comment on human existence.Focusing on a family of London suburbanites, the respectable, pompous and appearance-obsessed Herritons, Where Angels Fear To Tread is a comedy of manners that utilizes the elements of farce to demonstrate how a comic clash of cultural sensibilities can quickly turn to tragedy. This is Forster's first novel and is a precursor to his later masterpieces, A Passage to India and A Room with a View.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140861112
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 12/28/1995
Series: Classics on Audio Series
Edition description: 2 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 4.39(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Born in London in 1879, E. M. Forster is the author of six novels: Where Angels Fear to Tread, The Longest Journey, A Room with a View, Howard’s End, A Passage to India, and Maurice, the last published posthumously. He also wrote a number short stories, in addition to criticism and essays. His books have been adapted into several popular movies. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 13 separate years. He died in 1970.

Date of Birth:

January 1, 1879

Date of Death:

June 7, 1970

Place of Birth:


Place of Death:

Coventry, England


B. A. in classics, King's College, Cambridge, 1900; B. A. in history, 1901; M.A., 1910

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Where Angels Fear to Tread (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
katknit More than 1 year ago
Recently widowed Lilia leaves her overbearing in-laws in England, to tour Italy, which her brother in law assures her is enchanting. Completely entranced by the Italian lifestyle and culture, Lilia falls for a handsome but penniless younger man and impulsively marries him. Her scandalized mother-in-law immediately disowns her for bringing shame upon the family. A year later, Lilia is dead in childbirth, and while her English in-laws have no genuine interest in her infant son, a chance remark from a family friend impels them to seek custody in order to save him from a "savage" upbringing. Where Angels Fear to Tread is no love story. Forster began his writing career with this book of contrasts, introducing themes that would occupy him for the rest of his life. The sterility and pretensions of upper middle class Edwardian society are scrutinized against the passionate (and heavily stereotyped) lifestyle of the Italians, and come up short. What matters more, duty or happiness, self control or self expression, intention or outcome? This novel is described as social satire, and it has its amusing, farcical elements, but the subject matter is serious and the ending, tragic.
ImBookingIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is a reason this is his least known work-- not very memorable.
wrmjr66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This slim volume shows Forster's typical concerns with English society values when placed in awkward situations. However, the characters are thin representations of types rather than fully drawn, and this detracts greatly from the book's success. The villain (if there is one) is scarcely portrayed at all. The hero (again, a debatable term) seems inconstant to an extreme, while the important minor characters have almost no personality. Perhaps the prefix to his title, "Fools rush in," is meant to characterize all of the people in the novel, but I don't think that is quite accurate either. Fortunately, the book has its beautifully written sections and some nice social satire. Still, the novel is nowhere near Forster's best. If you love his other work, you may like this novel, but if you are looking for an introduction, turn to A Passage to India or Howard's End instead.
SLuce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wanted to read an E. M. Forster book. Enjoyed
murraymint11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick read. Full of unlikeable characters, I never really got into the book. Descriptions of Italy were very familiar though :)
ctpress on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved Room With a View and Howards End. My expectations were high but the book did not come close to the other two masterpieces. There were no persons to like in this tale - it left me cold and indifferent - couldn't wait for the italien wailing and the english prudishness to end.
li33ieg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
laudemgloriae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
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at first it was difficult to keep track of characters in the beg. but afterwards you get pulled in the story, its like a giant rollercoaster, fast, slow, up and down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a romance!!!!