A chance acquaintance brings together the preposterous bourgeois Wilcox family and the clever, cultured and idealistic Schlegel sisters. As clear-eyed Margaret develops a friendship with Mrs Wilcox, the impetuous Helen brings into their midst a young bank clerk named Leonard Bast, who lives at the edge of poverty and ruin. When Mrs Wilcox dies, her family discovers that she wants to leave her country home, Howards End, to Margaret. Thus as Forster sets in motion a chain of events that will entangle three different families, he brilliantly portrays their aspirations to personal and social harmony. (from Goodreads)
This was such an interesting book, and exceeded any expectation I had of it. Not that I had any particular expectation, but I guess it just was different of what I thought it would be, but in a good way.
The author did an amazing work marking the subtle and not so subtle differences among social classes, and how those differences affected the interactions between them, their decision making, their expectations, etc. At the same time, continously notes the ongoing changes in society and the consequences of this new modern life has for the surrounding spaces, the urbanization of London, and the living style at the beginning of the 20th century.
Immediately after reading this I watched last year’s BBC adaptation, which is really well made, but even though the action and the dialogues were spot on, I realised that there’s a lot of the story that occurs in the voice of the narrator, or in the characters inner thoughts which are, understandably, left out.