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Maurice: A Novel Paperback – December 17, 2005
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But in Maurice, Forster lets go some of this reserve. His prose, which I find formulaic in his later stuff, is here undeveloped enough to be idiosyncratic, un-stylized, and gorgeous. Maurice as a character is wonderfully, wonderfully real, and I appreciate the detailed development of the plot because Forster brings home with such ability the hazards of Maurice's struggle, the ever-present possibility of failure, the balance between lesser and more important goals, and the way in which Forster makes clear that these goals, as Maurice knows when he "listens beneath" words, are not the ends that he is really achieving as he achieves them. Maurice himself is drawn with Jane Austen-ian precision: Forster mixes the divine heroism--beauty and brutality--in Maurice's essential, private life with his utterly mundane non-essentials--politics, understanding, relationships with family, opinions, way of talking, appearance, job.
This is a heroic book. It moves me to tears every time I read it.
This novel may not be for everybody, but if you attempt it, you will admire the skillful writing of E.M. Forster and you will come away appreciating his honesty. The dialogues sound very alien to an American in the early 21st century---a whole different way of using the English language---but no doubt they add a special flavor to the book, a period piece after all.Read more ›
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I found Forster's writing far too often stodgy, occasionally meandering, sometimes misleading as to who was talking to whom and lacking, for the most part, in any real poignancy. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Joel Kovacik
Maurice is not an easy book to read... literally. The (beautiful) Edwardian language and dialogue posed some challenges for me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas R Patchen
The writing is poor by today's standards. This was written in 1913, in a style hard to understand today. Was there explicit sexual content? Nothing is explicit in this book.Published 4 months ago by Bert Johnston
I HAVE LOVED THIS BOOK FOR 27 YEARS. I WAS A VERY YOUNG MAN AND RATHER CONVENTIONAL WHEN I STUMBLED ACROSS THIS REMARKABLE GEM. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Darren K. Brim
Beautiful. The three main characters are attaching. You really feel for them.Published 5 months ago by Jeanne S.
I first read this book when I was still a bitter teenager and I remember being rather amused by the unlikely happy ending. Read more