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'People were all around them, but with eyes that had gone intensely blue he whispered, "I love you".'

Maurice Hall is a young man who grows up confident in his privileged status and well aware of his role in society. Modest and generally conformist, he nevertheless finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, whom he encounters at Cambridge, and throu
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published 2005 by Penguin (first published 1971)
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Emily Carlin This isn't really about Forster as a person, but it may be of interest anyway -- it is an essay by author Zadie Smith on Forster's style as a writer +…moreThis isn't really about Forster as a person, but it may be of interest anyway -- it is an essay by author Zadie Smith on Forster's style as a writer + the reality of being a human: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2003...

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Glenn Sumi
May 20, 2015 Glenn Sumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 1900-1960


E.M. Forster (Howards End, A Room With A View) finished this gay-themed novel in 1914, and though he showed it to some close friends, he didn't publish it in his lifetime. It eventually came out after his death, in the early 1970s.

What a gift to have a novel about same sex love written a century ago by one of the premier 20th century British authors!

When Forster penned Maurice, homosexuality was so taboo that there was no name for it. For a man to be with another man was a criminal offense. One
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Mike Puma
I took the damned "Spoiler Alert" alert out--I think it keeps people from reading the actual review. That said, some of the following comments might be considered Spoiler, but I prefer to think of these comments as what Forster could have done better, should have done better, and any image of Hugh Grant spread-eagled on a table deserves to be noticed, IMHO.

At first, I thought rereading Forster’s gay novel for a group discussion would be fun. I liked it first time around and expected to like it a

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Jasmine
"Begun 1913
Finished 1914
Dedicated to a Happier Year”


Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) wrote Maurice (*) as a relatively young man, aged 34, at a time when old Europe was starting to fall apart. However, it was not published until 1971, a year after his death. Maurice is probably the first literary work of fiction to deal with male homosexuality in such an open, sincere fashion. At the time it was written, men in the UK could still be imprisoned for ‘acts of gross indecency’, as in the Oscar Wil
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Mark
Perfect! There is probably nothing I can write that hasn't been written before about this work from one of our great English authors. It has no doubt been criticised, scrutinised, analysed, investigated, praised and acclaimed, I will just write about how the book made me feel.

The style of English was so refreshing to read. A style and mastery that has been long since forgotten. It has a beauty to it that flows and melts coming from an era where conversation really was an art. Where every word w
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Lin
Sep 08, 2007 Lin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love romance stories
Shelves: owned
One of my favourite novels, and incidentally the one I wrote my MA thesis on. Maurice is, for all intents and purposes, a dime-a-dozen love story and a period piece. The only twist is that this love story concerns two men, which was unheard of in the time that it was written (1913). Forster wrote it mainly as a therapeutical effort, having grown tired of not being able to write about the kind of love that interested him the most, as a homosexual male. Published 60 years after it was written, Mau ...more
Jessica
Oct 25, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the gays, the classicists, admirers of the gays and classicists
A beloved college professor used this novel as his starting point for a glorious Humanities lecture on "The Unspeakable Vice of the Greeks." Except for the time I fell down the stairs of the lecture hall and dislocated my shoulder, that's pretty much the only morning I remember from my freshman year.

I love Forster's attitude toward his characters, which is similar to one a social worker might have towards his clients: he doesn't romanticize them and sees all of their faults, even emphasizing imp
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Helle
Aug 06, 2015 Helle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, the mellifluous, soothing voice of Forster! I don’t know what it is, but something just kicks into place in my innermost recesses when I read his best novels. Stephen King has said that it’s the writers we read when we are young who impact us the most, perhaps in ways we don’t always realize. That may be why it’s more than just a reading experience to me when I read Forster; I feel that I meet not only my younger self but my true self when I read him.

Maurice is the novel Forster wrote some
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rameau
You know that moment you and start a book you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t. Maybe you’ve had trouble finding a copy of it or maybe all the hype around it has turned you off or maybe you’re not quite sure you’ll like the book simply because of who wrote it and when and why. And then you fall head over heels in love.

Yeah. That.

Whenever I read a classic, I prepare myself for the inevitable disappointment. In my experience, too many of the great works of literature only represent some form o
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Lena♥Ribka


2,5 stars.

Written in 1913 Maurice could have made a history if the author had had the courage to publish it at that time. A story of a homosexual upper middle class Britain set in the early 20th Century! (view spoiler) With his idea and the main message - the acceptance of a human nature - E.M.Forster was for sure ahead of the times.



Unfortunately 100 years later it didn't exert the greatest impression on me. Along with the main characters that I didn't f
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Alona
It's difficult for me to review this book.
I loved the story and I loved Maurice courage, and I most defiantly loved Scudder.
I can't not say, that, like my BR buddy, Lena, I would have enjoyed it without the visual help of the wonderful movie.
The book was written 100 years ago! The pace and language, was very difficult to keep my interest for too long, I needed breaks!

I'd give the book 3 stars, but I'm adding another one for the author's courage of writing a book on the subject of homosexuality i
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Will
Feb 02, 2016 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I really did like Maurice, (though maybe not quite 4* because of the ending); I liked the deft, airy and generous tone Forster has towards his characters, even when they’re behaving badly. But it’s a great shame the book wasn’t published any time before about 1950, when a story about homosexual love that didn’t end badly would still have been revolutionary. By the seventies, when it was, it had become unremarkable; more of an Edwardian period piece, though you still have to love the language.

Mau
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graycastle
Jun 06, 2007 graycastle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not a secret that this is one of my favourite novels of all time. My reason for loving it so much is this: it blends together questions of sexuality, nationality, imperialism, masculinity, and class into this amazing matrix that questions every single one of those categories. At the end, the retreat into the English greenwood shows two homosexual men attacking/questioning England from a space outside England that is also, paradoxically, the heart of England...really, the thing I love best a ...more
Christy B
I wouldn't call this a review post, mainly because I doubt I'd be able to write a suitable one. However, I couldn't just let it pass without writing something about the book that will most likely end up being one of my all time favorites.

Written in the 1910s, but not released until 1971, after the author's death, Maurice is an Edwardian story about love, class, and finding oneself. The title character is a young man who comes to understand that he is homosexual. We see him through two relationsh
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April
Jun 22, 2015 April rated it really liked it
(Possible spoilers follow... and I'll re-do this at a later date, most likely)

It's wonderful to read a m/m novel where the author focuses on the relationship and feelings as opposed to the physical to strengthen the adoration between the two leads. The language used is just an utter delight to read; it flows smoothly and certain emotions are transcribed in an almost lyrical fashion. E.M Forster - you badass! I'm just sorry this wonderful man wasn't alive to see his work published and appreciate
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Mel Bossa
Dec 29, 2015 Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lgbtq
Sublime.
Oh my God, I won't forget this book. Maurice and Alec forever.
Off I go to read more E.M. Forster, though I know this was his only homosexual themed book in his esteemed career and the book was published after his death, as he'd requested to his friends, knowing the storm it would create in proper English Society.
It's a great work. I am humbled before it as a writer.
By the way, the author's terminal note of 1960, on homosexuality, was so brutally true and broke my heart.
Yes, Maurice may
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Irina
Oct 04, 2014 Irina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I can't belive I haven't watched this movie before today!



I loved it so much. Now I really want to read the book too.
David
May 30, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: british, so-gay
Vladimir Nabokov wrote in Pnin:
Some people—and I am one of them—hate happy ends. We feel cheated. Harm is the norm. Doom should not jam. The avalanche stopping in its tracks a few feet above the cowering village behaves not only unnaturally but unethically.
This is true for me as well. While of course I was cheering for the titular hero through the course of his internal and external struggle for identity, I can't help but feel, after finishing the book "well, that was very nice, but life is no
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Julie Bozza
Jul 07, 2013 Julie Bozza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, male-male
What to say? What on earth to say...? This is - well, not exactly where it began for me, this whole male-male romance thing - but this was my first real discovery of it all set out in words for me, and not just in vague imaginings curling round my head and heart.

I cannot remember when first I read Maurice, but it was yonks ago. Probably not as early as I like to think, but early enough in my own development. Probably my sister found it first, and recommended it to me. Bless her.

And bless EM Fors
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Jennifer
Feb 13, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consumed this book in one sitting. From the time I bought it last night at 7pm to when I licked the last bits of the epilogue at 2am. I first came across this story when I caught bits of the Merchant and Ivory production on tv. What? A British period piece where a man climbs into a gentleman's window for a night of sex? Isn't that Freddie from A Room With a View? This can't be Jane Austen. Ah, it's Forster! This books takes that one homoerotic scene of the pond from A Room With a View and turn ...more
Deanna Against Censorship
Loneliness. Stark loneliness. That is what surrounds this book and oozes from its pages. Maurice is lonely in a way it is hard for us in the 21st century to fully emotionally understand. He is not particularly smart, but as an adult is good at business. He is not a loveable character but he is honest. He is not "normal" by his society's standards so he tries to disappear into a nothingness in his surroundings. If he trusted the wrong person with his desires, he could be arrested and killed. What ...more
Aitziber
It is quite impossible for me to write an objective review for Maurice, because its mere existence amazes me. So there you go, an "it's amazing", five star rating.

The novel is set in that time period where modern technology is starting to seep through homes, but the 20th Century has not quite made itself known yet. There is a character in particular who seems to have been displaced from an Austen novel, as she schemes to make advantageous marriages for her offspring. As such, some of the charact
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janet
Jul 01, 2008 janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in gay fiction
Recommended to janet by: Alan
Forster is one of my favorite English novelists and I have always meant to read this book. The writing of it was probably very personal for him, and it is a very strong argument for the fact that people don't choose to be gay. He strongly suggests that society must accept it, or at the very least not outlaw it. I was interested to learn that it wasn't published until after his death.

In classic Forster form, he deals with class and social criticism through love and sex in this book as well. His
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Ali
Jan 17, 2016 Ali rated it really liked it
Maurice Hall is a young man born into a conventional place in society – he is confidently aware of his place in that society. At fourteen, preparing to leave his prep school Maurice first talks about sex with a school master – who takes it upon himself to have such talks with the boys as they leave his care. At home Maurice lives with his mother and two sisters, his father having died, Maurice is rather a young snob, frequently irritated by the conventional world of his home, there are moments w ...more
Kelly
May 31, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
You know-- when you're reading a book and you just want to read a little more to see what happens...then, maybe just a little more..just the next chapter.... then you realize you've read half... that was this book for me. I just did not want to stop reading it and then I was kind of sad I was done.

This book was so intriguing to me. It was written in 1913, by a closeted homosexual, yet unpublished until after his death in 1971. Obviously, written in an era when homosexuality was in no way accept
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Leo Robertson
As cute as it is progressive as it is posh, like a teddy bear with coattails that's really ahead of its time.
Tocotin
“We had not realized that what the public really loathes in homosexuality is not the thing itself but having to think about it.” Doesn’t it still ring true? Oh yeah it does.

I’m not a fan of Forster’s, but there is no denying that this is a great book. A perfect book, even. The main character is not all that likable, but you can’t help sympathizing with him.

I really liked two things. First, the ending. How awesome is this! A happy ending for a story like this, a hundred years ago no less! Perfect
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Miro
Jun 26, 2013 Miro rated it liked it
Shelves: up-and-growing
In short, Maurice describes a long and painful process of coming to terms and accepting that which society does not, in this case, 'congenital homosexuality', as is referred to in the novel.

English (almost) beyond repair, Maurice is trying to form a sense of his self first within and then outside the box that are the many constrictions of his emotional and physical surroundings, i.e. his relation to his family and unfulfilled attraction to Clive, an old sweetheart. Forster shows an amazing comm
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James Murphy
Mar 24, 2011 James Murphy rated it really liked it
The fact of Maurice's candor about a verboten subject in early 20th century Britain is remarkable, even as we understand that it's only one example of that era's courageous fiction relating to homosexuality. That it bears the Forster stamp and reputation no doubt has encouraged its celebrity and status as perhaps the best known of those works, even as we understand that when it was finally published in 1971 the subject matter was no longer controversial. It's unmistakably Forster fiction, well-w ...more
Furqan
Apr 11, 2012 Furqan rated it really liked it
"What an ending" to quote Maurice's tearful expression, though of course the ending was anything but tearful. After reading Giovanni's Room and Brideshead Revisited, I had prepared myself to expect nothing but tragedy from 'gay classics', but Maurice was such a pleasant surprise that I actually laughed out loud in the end. Forster's prose is beautiful and very accessible, even though at times it was excessively metaphorical and ambiguous, considering he was writing about the taboo subject of hom ...more
Austin Bunn
Sep 15, 2007 Austin Bunn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Total cream. I've never read any Forster, I think because all the film adaptations of my youth made me think he was starchy, stuffy, Oxbridge-y. And I suppose it is but has such a beating heart. This book, for the fact that it's from 1913, may not exactly be "modern" on the subject of homosexuality but it's definitely subtle and precise enough to be appreciated now. I loved the short chapters, each built around a smart little pivot of feeling. And the romance itself was surprising and vigorously ...more
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Edward Morgan Forster, generally published as E.M. Forster, was an novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. His humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect".

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