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4.0 out of 5 stars The less well-known Forster, 5 April 2007
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This is an intriguing collection of short stories from Forster. Probably not as well-known/ read as it should be because it was posthumously published due to the homoerotic content of many of the stories.

There are some real gems here (as well as some uncharacteristically awful writing - beware the very purple prose in stories like 'The Torque'!) such as the scathing title story, the touching sacrifice of 'Arthur Snatchfold', the hilarious 'Classical Annex' and the haunting 'Other Boat'. If you've read some other Forster and enjoyed him, buy this and get to know him a little better - in ways it's a more personal glimpse into his imagination, and despite it not having the 'weight' of his novels, 'The Life To Come' is still a fascinating, worthwhile read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Life To Come, 9 Dec 2012
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All unpublished in his lifetime most of the stories in this volume were withheld from publication by E M Forster due to their homosexual subject matter - some are quite slight and most definitely 'entertainments' in the manner of Saki, etc though deftly written. A few don't work - probably as the editor suggested that Forster never worked them up sufficiently to a fully-formed version.

However, there are three stories - 'The Life To Come', 'Arthur Snatchfold' and 'The Other Boat' - that are astonishing creations, tragic, beautiful and such indictments of the distorting pressures of homophobia, imperialism, rigid religious orthodoxies, class and racism. All three at the very least the equal of 'Maurice' and worth the price alone.

It is a shame that the book appears currently out of print.
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