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Where Angels Fear to Tread

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Author(s): E M Forster

Location(s): San Gimignano

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 1900s



Set in San Gimignano, but called Monteriano. When attractive, impulsive English widow Lidia takes a holiday in Italy, she causes a scandal by marrying Gino, a dashing and highly unsuitable Italian twelve years her junior. Her prim, snobbish in-laws make no attempts to hide their disapproval, and when Lidia’s decision eventually brings disaster, her English relatives embark on an expedition to face the uncouth foreigner. But when they are confronted by the beauty of Italy and the charm and vitality of the disreputable Gino, they are forced to examine their own narrow lives, and their reactions are emotional, violent and unexpected.

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As a person who lives in Italy, I also appreciated the references to the Italian culture of his time, in the early part of the 20th century. I saw similarities to today, as well...

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