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Maurice - E.M. Forster
Maurice
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"The work of an exceptional artist working close to the peak of his powers." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York TimesSet in the elegant Edwardian world of Cambridge undergraduate life, this story by a master novelist introduces us to Maurice Hall when he is fourteen. We follow him through... show more
"The work of an exceptional artist working close to the peak of his powers." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York TimesSet in the elegant Edwardian world of Cambridge undergraduate life, this story by a master novelist introduces us to Maurice Hall when he is fourteen. We follow him through public school and Cambridge, and on into his father's firm, Hill and Hall, Stock Brokers. In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way, "stepping into the niche that England had prepared for him": except that his is homosexual. Written during 1913 and 1914, immediately after Howards End, and not published until 1971, Maurice was ahead of its time in its theme and in its affirmation that love between men can be happy. "Happiness," Forster wrote, "is its keynote. In Maurice I tried to create a character who was completely unlike myself or what I supposed myself to be: someone handsome, healthy, bodily attractive, mentally torpid, not a bad businessman and rather a snob. Into this mixture I dropped an ingredient that puzzles him, wakes him up, torments him and finally saves him."
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393310320 (0393310329)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it
5.0 Joint Review with Sunita, reposted from DA with her permission
Set in the elegant Edwardian world of Cambridge undergraduate life, this story by a master novelist introduces us to Maurice Hall when he is fourteen. We follow him through public school and Cambridge, and into his father’s firm. In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in...
Ilhem
Ilhem rated it
I have never read anything by E.M. Forster, I am not well-versed in English literature classics and I haven’t watched the movie, but I still got an idea of what this story would be : a Tess d’Ubervillesque love story with a happy ending and a young, gay, dishevelled and cavorting Hugh Grant. If b...
Lenaribka
Lenaribka rated it
3.0 Maurice
2,5 stars.Written in 1913 Maurice could have made a history if the author had had the courage to publish it at that time. A story of a homosexual upper middle class Britain set in the early 20th Century! And then a bizarre HEA! With his idea and the main message - the acceptance of a human nature ...
Our Intrepid Heroine
Our Intrepid Heroine rated it
4.0
This was not the book I expected to read on my honeymoon. We drove up north the day after the wedding, still exhausted and reeling from the previous day. I wanted to leave as soon as possible, though, so that we could make the most of our week off. We arrived to a town full of sunshine, crisp air,...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
3.0
Well, I can see why this wasn’t published until after his death. It does make you feel sorry for the good old man. Chronicling the love affair between two men (or the discovery of one man’s sexuality), the book, at least to the modern reader, damns English class s...
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