Maurice

Maurice This is the story of a man s discovery of his true sexuality Maurice is born into a privileged way of life conforming to social conventions yet he finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex

  • Title: Maurice
  • Author: E.M. Forster
  • ISBN: 9780141185200
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is the story of a man s discovery of his true sexuality Maurice is born into a privileged way of life, conforming to social conventions, yet he finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex Through Clive, a Cambridge friend, and Alec, the gamekeeper, he experiences a sexual awakening.

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    1. E.M. Forster (Howards End, A Room With A View) finished this gay-themed novel in 1914, and though he showed it to some close friends, he didn't publish it in his lifetime. It eventually came out after his death, in the early 1970s.What a gift to have a novel about same sex love written a century ago by one of the premier 20th century British authors!When Forster penned Maurice, homosexuality was so taboo that there was no name for it. For a man to be with another man was a criminal offense. One [...]

    2. "Begun 1913Finished 1914Dedicated to a Happier Year”Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) wrote Maurice (*) as a relatively young man, aged 34, at a time when old Europe was starting to fall apart. However, it was not published until 1971, a year after his death. Maurice is probably the first literary work of fiction to deal with male homosexuality in such an open, sincere fashion. At the time it was written, men in the UK could still be imprisoned for ‘acts of gross indecency’, as in the Osca [...]

    3. I took the damned "Spoiler Alert" alert out--I think it keeps people from reading the actual review. That said, some of the following comments might be considered Spoiler, but I prefer to think of these comments as what Forster could have done better, should have done better, and any image of Hugh Grant spread-eagled on a table deserves to be noticed, IMHO.At first, I thought rereading Forster’s gay novel for a group discussion would be fun. I liked it first time around and expected to like it [...]

    4. Perfect! There is probably nothing I can write that hasn't been written before about this work from one of our great English authors. It has no doubt been criticised, scrutinised, analysed, investigated, praised and acclaimed, I will just write about how the book made me feel. The style of English was so refreshing to read. A style and mastery that has been long since forgotten. It has a beauty to it that flows and melts coming from an era where conversation really was an art. Where every word w [...]

    5. If Dorian Gray is the dramatic, scandal-creating gay classic, than Maurice is the snobbish yet emotionally moving gay classic. Written in 1913-14 but only published sixty years later, this is a book that is impressive - not because of its romance - but because of the character's personal journey towards self acceptance.Began 1913, finished 1914. Dedicated to a happier year. With this heartbreaking opening statement, the story begins. We get to follow Maurice Hall as he grows up and starts to rea [...]

    6. One of my favourite novels, and incidentally the one I wrote my MA thesis on. Maurice is, for all intents and purposes, a dime-a-dozen love story and a period piece. The only twist is that this love story concerns two men, which was unheard of in the time that it was written (1913). Forster wrote it mainly as a therapeutical effort, having grown tired of not being able to write about the kind of love that interested him the most, as a homosexual male. Published 60 years after it was written, Mau [...]

    7. Vladimir Nabokov wrote in Pnin:Some people—and I am one of them—hate happy ends. We feel cheated. Harm is the norm. Doom should not jam. The avalanche stopping in its tracks a few feet above the cowering village behaves not only unnaturally but unethically.This is true for me as well. While of course I was cheering for the titular hero through the course of his internal and external struggle for identity, I can't help but feel, after finishing the book "well, that was very nice, but life is [...]

    8. I really did like Maurice, (though maybe not quite 4* because of the ending); I liked the deft, airy and generous tone Forster has towards his characters, even when they’re behaving badly. But it’s a great shame the book wasn’t published any time before about 1950, when a story about homosexual love that didn’t end badly would still have been revolutionary. By the seventies, when it was, it had become unremarkable; more of an Edwardian period piece, though you still have to love the lang [...]

    9. A beloved college professor used this novel as his starting point for a glorious Humanities lecture on "The Unspeakable Vice of the Greeks." Except for the time I fell down the stairs of the lecture hall and dislocated my shoulder, that's pretty much the only morning I remember from my freshman year.I love Forster's attitude toward his characters, which is similar to one a social worker might have towards his clients: he doesn't romanticize them and sees all of their faults, even emphasizing imp [...]

    10. This book was vivid, historical and an unforgettable story of a boy trying to find his place in a rapidly changing world.

    11. When I first started reading this book, I kept thinking, "I've read this beforewhen?" but a quarter of the way through this novel I realized I was thinking about Forster's "A Room With A View", a book I read years ago and liked very much. The two books are almost mirror images of each other and have many similarities.1-Both books mostly take place in the early 1900s in England. (And, they may very well have been written at about the same time. "Room" was published in 1908 while "Maurice" was com [...]

    12. Oh, the mellifluous, soothing voice of Forster! I don’t know what it is, but something just kicks into place in my innermost recesses when I read his best novels. Stephen King has said that it’s the writers we read when we are young who impact us the most, perhaps in ways we don’t always realize. That may be why it’s more than just a reading experience to me when I read Forster; I feel that I meet not only my younger self but my true self when I read him. Maurice is the novel Forster wro [...]

    13. You know that moment you and start a book you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t. Maybe you’ve had trouble finding a copy of it or maybe all the hype around it has turned you off or maybe you’re not quite sure you’ll like the book simply because of who wrote it and when and why. And then you fall head over heels in love. Yeah. That.Whenever I read a classic, I prepare myself for the inevitable disappointment. In my experience, too many of the great works of literature only represent s [...]

    14. 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! (view spoiler)[ And then a bizarre HEA! (hide spoiler)] With his idea and the main message - the acceptance of a human nature - E.M.Forster was for sure ahead of the times. Unfortunately 100 years later it didn't exert the greatest impression on me. Along with the main characters that I didn't f [...]

    15. It's not a secret that this is one of my favourite novels of all time. My reason for loving it so much is this: it blends together questions of sexuality, nationality, imperialism, masculinity, and class into this amazing matrix that questions every single one of those categories. At the end, the retreat into the English greenwood shows two homosexual men attacking/questioning England from a space outside England that is also, paradoxically, the heart of Englandally, the thing I love best about [...]

    16. Sublime. Oh my God, I won't forget this book. Maurice and Alec forever.Off I go to read more E.M. Forster, though I know this was his only homosexual themed book in his esteemed career and the book was published after his death, as he'd requested to his friends, knowing the storm it would create in proper English Society.It's a great work. I am humbled before it as a writer.By the way, the author's terminal note of 1960, on homosexuality, was so brutally true and broke my heart.Yes, Maurice may [...]

    17. I wouldn't call this a review post, mainly because I doubt I'd be able to write a suitable one. However, I couldn't just let it pass without writing something about the book that will most likely end up being one of my all time favorites.Written in the 1910s, but not released until 1971, after the author's death, Maurice is an Edwardian story about love, class, and finding oneself. The title character is a young man who comes to understand that he is homosexual. We see him through two relationsh [...]

    18. It's difficult for me to review this book.I loved the story and I loved Maurice courage, and I most defiantly loved Scudder.I can't not say, that, like my BR buddy, Lena, I would have enjoyed it without the visual help of the wonderful movie.The book was written 100 years ago! The pace and language, was very difficult to keep my interest for too long, I needed breaks!I'd give the book 3 stars, but I'm adding another one for the author's courage of writing a book on the subject of homosexuality i [...]

    19. Em 1913, numa das suas visitas ao também escritor Edward Carpenter e ao seu companheiro George Merrill no Derbyshire, E. M. Forster foi surpreendido pelo simples toque de Merrill nas suas costas, pouco acima das nádegas. Escreveria mais tarde no seu diário que foi este o gesto que despertou nele a inspiração para escrever Maurice. Forster recusou sempre publicar este romance, apesar das súplicas de amigos como Christopher Isherwood, a quem confiou o manuscrito. Quase 60 anos depois da hist [...]

    20. Me ha parecido un libro extraordinario, de esos que no se olvidan y que merece con el tiempo una o varias reelecturas.

    21. I can't belive I haven't watched this movie before today! I loved it so much. Now I really want to read the book too.

    22. (Possible spoilers follow and I'll re-do this at a later date, most likely) It's wonderful to read a m/m novel where the author focuses on the relationship and feelings as opposed to the physical to strengthen the adoration between the two leads. The language used is just an utter delight to read; it flows smoothly and certain emotions are transcribed in an almost lyrical fashion. E.M Forster - you badass! I'm just sorry this wonderful man wasn't alive to see his work published and appreciated t [...]

    23. I consumed this book in one sitting. From the time I bought it last night at 7pm to when I licked the last bits of the epilogue at 2am. I first came across this story when I caught bits of the Merchant and Ivory production on tv. What? A British period piece where a man climbs into a gentleman's window for a night of sex? Isn't that Freddie from A Room With a View? This can't be Jane Austen. Ah, it's Forster! This books takes that one homoerotic scene of the pond from A Room With a View and turn [...]

    24. What to say? What on earth to say? This is - well, not exactly where it began for me, this whole male-male romance thing - but this was my first real discovery of it all set out in words for me, and not just in vague imaginings curling round my head and heart.I cannot remember when first I read Maurice, but it was yonks ago. Probably not as early as I like to think, but early enough in my own development. Probably my sister found it first, and recommended it to me. Bless her.And bless EM Forster [...]

    25. Set in Edwardian times, this is the story of Maurice who recognizes he is attracted to the same sex as a teen. At Cambridge, he is able to explore his sexual identity more and becomes involved with another student. Sadly, after a few years, this other man decides he cannot live a proscribed life and marries. Maurice however continues to struggle even seeking the advice of a doctor as to how he might change his attraction to men. This was written in 1912 but not published until 1971. It was many [...]

    26. Loneliness. Stark loneliness. That is what surrounds this book and oozes from its pages. Maurice is lonely in a way it is hard for us in the 21st century to fully emotionally understand. He is not particularly smart, but as an adult is good at business. He is not a loveable character but he is honest. He is not "normal" by his society's standards so he tries to disappear into a nothingness in his surroundings. If he trusted the wrong person with his desires, he could be arrested and killed. What [...]

    27. "A happy ending was imperative. I shouldn't have bothered to write otherwise. I was determined that, in fiction anyway, two men should fall in love and remain in it for the ever and ever that fiction allows." - E M Forster.Edward Morgan Forster's author note at the end of this book was heartbreaking to me. As a man attracted to men, he suppressed his desires for years, until finally setting himself free, but his outlook for the future acceptance of same-sex love seemed bleak. I wish he could hav [...]

    28. "Begun 1913Finished 1914Dedicated to a Happier Year" excuse me how dare you kill me mild spoiler - (view spoiler)[forster wrote this w/ a happy ending because he thought two men couldn't have a happy ending in real life so he wanted to make sure they could at least in fiction, i am sobbing and deceased (hide spoiler)]

    29. It is quite impossible for me to write an objective review for Maurice, because its mere existence amazes me. So there you go, an "it's amazing", five star rating.The novel is set in that time period where modern technology is starting to seep through homes, but the 20th Century has not quite made itself known yet. There is a character in particular who seems to have been displaced from an Austen novel, as she schemes to make advantageous marriages for her offspring. As such, some of the charact [...]

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