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  • Posted April 4, 2011

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    A Book that Requires some Level of Thought

    This book was very thought provoking. It can be looked at in two ways, which makes this a versitile book to readers. The first way you can read this book is purely for entertainment. You might need to have some inside research to understand the intellectual conversations that occur, but other than that this book makes sense without having to dig further into the words. On the other hand, the book holds a lot to be discovered and can easily by critically analyzed. This book makes you think about your own idea of 'normal' and 'natural'. It can even change your perspective on the boundaries of relationships. If homosexuality is something you are opposed to I would recommend you not to read this, unless you are willing to look at it with an open mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    good read

    This is a good read, whether or not you are a homosexual. Forster's descriptions of the torment and soul-searching that come with finding affection and love speak to the experience of adults in general. Although his writing style can be a bit antiquated, this was not difficult to overcome and at many points you find yourself saying 'yeah...I know exactly what that feels like'. Now, as a young gay man in my early 20s who is just recently dealing with some of the special issues portrayed in the story, I found it particularly touching. I realize many heterosexuals probably wouldn't appreciate some of the subtle points Forster is getting at along these lines, but these aspects made the book especially relevant to my experiences. I became absorbed in the story, and I would caution that it should be read in a slow, meticulous way, digesting the scenes and relating with the characters. Plowing through in a few hours would not provide as good a reading experience. Perhaps then, my current life situation made this book seem particularly good to me, where another avid reader might disagree. As a relatively normal, masculine, average guy who (unfortunately?) is also a homosexsual I connected with the main character particularly well. I would definately urge any college aged guys who are dealing with their sexuality to check this out. I would also suggest it to anyone curious about what young guys in this situation must through...on those points it has definately not lost it's relevance.

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

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    Maurice by E. M. Forster Although the book was written in 1913-

    Maurice by E. M. Forster

    Although the book was written in 1913-14, it was not published until 1971. Maurice is the tale of three men in Victorian England, all of which belonged to different social classes yet shared one common trait: they were all homosexuals.

    Maurice Hall - the main character - is the son of a middle class stock broker. His father had died when Maurice was a child and he was raised by his mother and two sisters. He went to a preparatory school, then to a public school and later to Cambridge. He was average, handsome, athletic, stubborn, and snobbish. He was admitted to Cambridge where he was expected to finish school and join the Stock Broker firm that was established by his father, Hill and Hall.

    While at Cambridge, Maurice met Clive Durham. Born to an aristocratic family, Clive was supposed to finish Cambridge, get married and inherit his family's estate. However, Clive liked men. Soon, Clive and Maurice are in a platonic relationship. For the next three years, as they returned back to fulfill their expected roles, they maintained an intense love relationship until one day, out of the blue, when Clive decided to end it.

    Clive married Lady Ann Claire Wilbraham Woods. Maurice was reduced to accept charity from his prior lover as Clive ran for public office to fill his father's shoes. Clive maintained himself busy to avoid his old lover and encouraged him to marry. "He would live straight. not because it matter to anyone now, but for the sake of the game." (p. 62)

    Maurice was unable to do that and sought professional help, first from his family doctor - Dr. Barry - and later from a hypnotherapist - Mr. Laskes Jones. "When loves flies it is remembered not as love but as something else." (p. 120)

    On a visit to Penge - the Durham's estate - Maurice met Alec Scudder, Clive's gamekeeper. Their physical attraction was physical, strong, an immediate. They made love, they fell in love. But Alec was a gamekeeper, a member of the lower class. Alec was supposed to emigrate to Argentina, but it did not matter because Maurice was unable to bring himself to have a relationship with a member of the lower classes.

    After his return back to London, Alec wrote letters to Maurice. At first Maurice was very concerned - fearing blackmail - but it soon became clear that Alec was desperately trying to win Maurice back. After they met in London, Maurice realized that Alec was willing to give up his future to be together with him. Maurice decides to give up his position in society to be able to live with his boyfriend.

    The books ended with a final confrontation between Maurice and Clive, where Maurice told Clive: "You care for me a little bit, I do think,....but I can't hang all my life on a little bit....You don't worry whether your relationship with her (Anne) is platonic or not, you only know it's big enough to hang a life on. I can't hang mine on to the five minutes you spare me from her and politics....I was yours once till death if you'd cared to keep me, but I'm someone else's now...and he's mine in a way that shocks you....You belong to the past." ( p. 245).

    Told from the third person point of view, this is a tale of love and betrayal. A tale of Victorian England where homosexuality was illegal and scorned equally by all society. Although it was finished in 1914, it was not published until 1971. A great read....

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