They say that each book has its moment, probably I have read this novel in a wrong mood and I could not appreciate it. The plot itself is touching but the reading was not easy: I found a lot of pages very "heavy": dull and boring.
I enjoy reading Maurice tremendously. The prose is simply beautiful. Sometimes it gets abstract and impressionistic, but please be reminded that Forster’s is one of the great modernists of the twentieth century. This novel reminds me of D. H. Lawrence sometimes since one common subject of investigation for them is desire. As a a gay bildungsroman, Maurice chronicles how the eponymous character confronts with his own sexual orientation, from its awakening, struggle, denial to the final reconciliation and acceptance. Nevertheless, while Lawrence is able to investigate it more or less openly, Forster can only do it in a more clandestine way and did not publish this novel in his lifetime. This, nevertheless, leads Forster to develop a special aesthetic of darkness toward the end of the novel. Darkness, night, disappearance and anonymity are preferred for the privacy and repose and security they bring to light, day and presence which draws calamity to themselves. Therefore in the end, both Maurice and Alec disappeared into the wilderness. In fact the ending reminds me of Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, which ends with the two protagonists as perpetual flaneur, and away from normative social mores....Continua
[...] L'istinto gli suggerì di scegliere un oggetto sesquipedale, ma siccome era solamente l'ottavo sulla lista degli amici dello sposo, lo giudicò fuori luogo. [...]
...ma uno splendido inizio. Romanzo sull'omosessualità che mi è piaciuto molto. C'è tutto: amore, passione, delicatezza, tormento, inquietudine, ignoranza, perbenismo, arroganza, libertà.
Ho adorato il personaggio di Maurice :) Spocchioso ma estremamente coraggioso.
I have read this book about 14 times since the early 90s and every time is like the first. A recent book I read by Italo Calvino suggests that one never really "re-reads" a book as the reader is always changed after he finishes; thus, ready to uncover hidden nuances is the work when he approaches again to flip through the pages, resulting in a new experience. "Maurice" is a great example of this. For years I thought it was a love story. Then a story of triumph over society. This last reading left me with the impression that the book is more allegorical in nature, presenting the story of a gay man in Edwardian England as he tries to find freedom from the oppression of others and himself, when--in truth--Forster takes us give us a story of alienation by escorting us through Hades, itself, with the ultimate knowledge that Maurice--forever banished from the land of the living due to his sexuality--can never hope to "cross over," but only settle for contentment beyond the society. I will read this book over and over until I join him (Maurice)!...Continua