Comfort Reads: Escape to ‘A Room With a View’

ACROSS THE country, coronavirus-related lockdowns are narrowing our physical worlds, confining most of us to home. But we can still find escape and respite in reading: expanding our sense of what is possible even as day-to-day life contracts. Few novels capture that surge of possibilities quite like E.M. Forster’s 1908 “A Room with a View” (adapted into a 1985 Merchant Ivory film). The story of the Italian sojourn of spirited naif Lucy Honeychurch, who travels to Florence with her neurotic spinster chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett, it’s at once a wry comedy of British manners and a timely meditation on fate: No matter what…

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