Book Beginnings on Friday (returns)

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence. (Thanks to Rose City Reader for inspiring this meme)

A Room with a View by EM Forster

A lovely friend of mine purchased this for me to listen to whilst I was recuperating from my surgery. It couldn't have come at a better time. Unfortunately I have had some complication this week which have meant that reading for long periods of time has become very difficult. I have also been alone this week becuase my wonderful other half has gone back to work after taking two weeks off to look after me. Here is the opening line of this classic:
"'The Signora has no business to do it,' said Miss Bartlett, no business at all. She promised us south rooms with a view, close together, instead of which here are north rooms, here are north rooms looking into a courtyard, and a long way apart. Oh, Lucy!'"
I know that I normally say that I dislike books that open with speach, but this is definitely an exception to that rule. I love the tone of the voice the speaker is using. It is clear already that they must be middle - upper class, or they wouldn't be getting their knickers in a knot over such small details. I also love how it introduces the title of the book in the first line.

What about you? Leave a link to your BookBeginnings on Friday post in the Mr Linky below.


  1. A Room with a View is on my TBR list. Thank you for the reminder! My beginning is from Northward to the Moon.

  2. There's a lot of information in that sentence. Hope you're enjoying listening to the book.

  3. I've never read this. But I know I enjoyed the movie. Will see what you think of it. :-)

  4. Sorry to hear you've had complications Becky.

    It is quite unique how the book title is mentioned in the opening isn't it - I like it very much though...

  5. Ah yes a we say now #firstworldproblems

  6. Thanks for the reminder about a great classic novel. I'd like to pick it up again...Have been reading about the author in the London Review of Books (apparently numerous bios are coming out this month).

    Hope you are managing,

  7. I have read a few bio's EM Forster lately as well, but in sydney newspapers. I learnt a lot about him, including the fact that he was gay and out way back when. Good on him!

  8. So glad to have you back!

    In this case, an opening speech perfectly sets the tone and the mood!

  9. Nice to have you back!

    Room With a View is excellent! I think Howard's End is still my favorite, though.


  10. I've been wanting to read Forster. I've seen a film version of this (not the classic with Maggie Smith unfortunately). Great opening lines.

  11. Thanks for hosting! We started last week, but were sad to see you having internet troubles. We hope to do this every Friday now which is good because it'll force us to read, read, read.


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