The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey

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Penguin Putnam
E. M. Forster once described The Longest Journey as the book "I am most glad to have written." An introspective novel of manners at once comic and tragic, it tells of a sensitive and intelligent young man with an intense imagination and a certain amount of literary talent. He sets out full of hope to become a writer, but gives up his aspirations for those of the conventional world, gradually sinking into a life of petty conformity and bitter disappointments.

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Random House, Inc.
E. M. Forster once described The Longest Journey as the book "I am most glad to have written." An introspective novel of manners at once comic and tragic, it tells of a sensitive and intelligent young man with an intense imagination and a certain amount of literary talent. He sets out full of hope to become a writer, but gives up his aspirations for those of the conventional world, gradually sinking into a life of petty conformity and bitter disappointments.

Gardners
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.

Blackwell North Amer
Studying at Cambridge as an undergraduate, the sensitive and lonely Rickie Elliot quickly becomes immersed in philosophy and literature and overwhelmed by a passionate desire to write. But as the years pass and his stories are not successful, he resigns himself to conformity - resolving to marry the beautiful but shallow Agnes, abandon his writing and become a schoolmaster at a second-rate public school. Soon, the memory of his idyllic university life falls to nothing as the young man finds himself trapped in a world of petty conformity, bitter disappointment and agonizing self-doubt. A blend of harsh realism and powerful symbolism, The Longest Journey was Forster's favourite of his novels. Insightful, intimate and profound, it is also his most autobiographical - a deeply moving portrayal of a man kept from fulfilling his personal desires by a desperate need to do what he feels to be morally right.
The introduction, by Gilbert Adair, considers the subtleties and symbolism of The Longest Journey. This edition reproduces the Abinger text and notes, and also includes Forster's own introduction to the work, two of his essays, further reading and a chronology.

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2006
ISBN: 9780141441481
Branch Call Number: FICTION FORST...E
Characteristics: XXV, 396 S. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Heine, Elizabeth

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