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A Room with a View

A Room with a View - E.M. Forster [b: A Room With a View|5186938|A Room With A View|E.M. Forster|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414bhJIYP6L._SL75_.jpg|4574872] is a late victorian novel, which means of course that it's about a young and beautiful, but modern, mind you, British girl who constantly frets over if and who she should marry. She shares the challenges of her fellow Victorian heroines as she struggles between what's proper and following her instincts.   I found the descriptions of Italy and England vivid and stunning, the irreverent humor great and the ending straight out of a Dashboard Confessional song. What's not to like?