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Moving and memorable,
This review is from: Maurice (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Maurice follows this privileged young man from public school, through Cambridge and on into his mid twenties; and the two men with whom he becomes intimately involved. It also provides an interesting insight into the lives of the middles classes of the period and their attitudes, particularly towards those of lower class, and the prevailing attitude towards homosexuality.
Forster is not sparing in his depiction of Maurice, at times being quite blunt about his character and his shortcomings and weaknesses, but he also imbues Maurice with many good qualities and over time Maurice becomes stronger and much more personable. Of the other two main characters, Clive, his lover at Cambridge is an intellectual of great intelligence and with high standards, a leader, but he lets himself down eventually in his treatment of Maurice. Alec, the gamekeeper who later wins Maurice's heart is a most interesting character, the wayward, wild son of a tradesman who causes his family much concern, a rough at the edges, who enjoys the outdoor life; however, unfortunately we do not get to know him quite as well as the others.
Maurice is an absorbing and very atmospheric story, rich in period detail. Forster's lack of any sentimentality heightens our own involvement, allowing the reader to come to his own conclusions about the many and diverse individuals who people the story. A wonderful, moving and memorable novel.