Published in 1905, Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster is a tale of England and Italy, two cultures pulling apart two families. While on holiday in Monteriano, Italy, Lilia Herriton falls in love with the handsome, but very young Italian named Gino.
From there they are married and father a son, unleashing an exploration of vice, virtue, and prejudice between the two families.
The rather short book, of only 135 pages, is sentenced with beautiful language and the reader is quickly immersed in the story by the first page.
The story does relate the complexes of two cultures misunderstanding each other and the horrific consequences that can result when superiority and deception are considered as necessary tactics to solving problems, especially when it comes to that of a newborn babe and the dark forest that awaits one rainy night.
A moving story. A recommend.
CG FEWSTON was born in Texas in 1979 and now lives in Hong Kong. He’s been a Visiting Fellow at Hong Kong’s CityU, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome (Italy).
He’s the author of several short stories and novels. His works include A Father‘s Son, The New America: A Collection, Vanity of Vanities, A Time to Love in Tehran, and forthcoming: Conquergood & the Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being; Little Hometown, America: A Look Back; and, The Endless Endeavor of Excellence.
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