The Longest Journey

by E.M. Forster, Gilbert Adair

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On My Bookshelf by Philippa Gregory...

Forster has a terrific eye for the difficulties encountered by the lower middle class in Edwardian society. It’s set in my grandfather’s England, on the chalk plains of Wiltshire. The story follows two brothers who were brought up separately. When they meet, there is misunderstanding because one is rough and the other is refined. I first read it when I was 15 – it was part of the library kept by my spinster aunt.


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The Longest Journey Synopsis

Rickie Elliot, a sensitive and intelligent young man with an intense imagination and a certain amount of literary talent, sets out from Cambridge full of hopes to become a writer. But when his stories are not successful, he decides instead to marry the beautiful but shallow Agnes, agreeing to abandon his writing and become a schoolmaster at a second-rate public school. Giving up his hopes and values for those of the conventional world, he sinks into a world of petty conformity and bitter disappointments.

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ISBN: 9780141441481
Publication date: 27/07/2006
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141441481
Publication date: 27th July 2006
Author: E.M. Forster, Gilbert Adair
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About E.M. Forster, Gilbert Adair

Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879, attended Tonbridge School as a day boy, and went on to King’s College, Cambridge, in 1897. With King’s he had a lifelong connection and was elected to an Honorary Fellowship in 1946. He declared that his life as a whole had not been dramatic, and he was unfailingly modest about his achievements. Interviewed by the BBC on his eightieth birthday, he said: ‘I have not written as much as I’d like to... I write for two reasons: partly to make money and partly to win the respect ...

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