“This one has five legs.”
A new citizen of my shelves 😊
I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did! I don't know why I am surprised because the same thing happened to me when I read Howard's End and A Room With a View, but I guess I never expected a book from 1913 about homosexuals to be so open and progressive ( well maybe not by today's standards, but compared to books I've read of the era and even later, it wasn't all just alluded to as usual!). Great read from a fantastic writer
Written in 1913/14 but only published in 1971, this book is generally described as being ahead of its time for its open discussion of homosexuality & its happy ending for the main character, Maurice, a man who finally comes to understand, accept, & dare all to be true to himself. I really enjoyed it. I know there is a movie & I can only hope it‘s a good adaptation as I likely won‘t be able to resist watching it! Recommended.
My next read. Fascinating story behind the story. Forster wrote it in 1913-1914 but the book wasn‘t published until 1971 (after Forster‘s death in 1970). It‘s described as before its time for “its affirmation that love between men can be happy.” I‘ve seen it described as one of the author‘s best books by a number of people and am excited to read it.
1️⃣ I liked Maurice, actually. I really did. Also Remains of the Day.
2️⃣ Blargh. I find them generally to be ugly.
3️⃣ None of the books I like are "adaptable". I mean, look what was done to Cloud Atlas! There is talk of adapting Those Who Walk Away From Omelas, and I shudder.
4️⃣ Hi @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ?
I read four books this month. Therefore, they are all my #FebruaryFavorites. I have improved my game since I usually read one book per month. They were all good in their own way.
E.M Forster‘s “Maurice” was finished in 1914, but was not published until 1971, following his death.
For me, the beauty of “Maurice” is that this was written in a time so very hostile to the very core of the novel. The beauty is in the hopefulness you feel pouring off the pages. This is a novel which was very much ahead of its time.
#LitsyAtoZ - #LetterM
#192019 - #1971
Every time my eyes pass Maurice on the shelf, Space Cowboy by Steve Miller Band plays in my head: "some people call me Maurice *wolf whistle*"... That's a happy memory song for me, my dad sang it when he used to play guitar. ?
I'm always a little at a loss with Forster, his writing often seems pretty but superficial and his characters so flighty and changeable that I struggle to connect. Maurice is not lacking in these issues but it is such a brave, personal, difficult novel of societal pressure, hiding, lying, self-hatred forced onto gay men that these issues are of secondary importance. If more people could live by this line we would all be happier #TacklingTheTBR
"I am an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort."
My trip to Oxford had the perfect pairing--Maurice is an eloquent depiction of a young man's internal and external difficulties in coming to terms with his homosexuality in modernizing times--so relevant to Forster's own experience. This touching work accompanied me as I walked the grounds of Oxford's most famous (homosexual) literary alumnus--Oscar Wilde himself! Nerd moment ♡ #booksaroundtheworld
Fellow Littens, check this out! This is the Szabó Ervin Central Library in Budapest, Hungary. Built in the 1890's, this palace area is still open and filled with students studying all hours of the day (also open for visitors!). It's one of the most beautiful libraries I have ever stepped foot in--what I would give to study in a beauty like this! I wish the pictures didn't wash out the chandeliers, but you get it ;) #booksaroundtheworld
"But I can't hang all my life on a little bit. You don't. You hang yours on Anne. You don't worry whether your relationship with her is platonic or not, you only know it's big enough to hang a life on."