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How to Read a Novel: III, Pattern — A Room with a View, E.M. Forster

November 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm GMT

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Do you want to read more classic fiction? Do you want to know more about how novels work, their technique? Do you want to do this in a low pressure bookclub-style setting? Join Henry Oliver, who writes The Common Reader for this series on How to Read a Novel.

In this series, we will learn how novels work: the clues that novelists leave us. Each book is a tapestry. All the threads work together. Nothing is there for no good reason. As we learn more, we become better readers.

This month’s novel is A Room with a View, Forster’s social comedy and romance. What patterns of allusion, metaphor, and figurative language give this novel its structure? How do description and plotting work together?J

The rest of the books for the series are:

Persuasion, Jane Austen
Silas Marner, George Eliot
A World of Love, Elizabeth Bowen
The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
The Gate of Angels, Penelope Fitzgerald


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November 1, 2022
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm GMT
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