Tue, Jun 06|
Birch Tree Bookstore
If it's on your bucket list to read the classics, this club is for you. Join us for our next discussion of Maurice by E.M. Forester with your host Alison.
When & Where
Jun 06, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Birch Tree Bookstore, 11 W Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176, USA
Set in the elegant Edwardian world of Cambridge undergraduate life, this story by a master novelist introduces us to Maurice Hall when he is fourteen. We follow him through public school and Cambridge, and into his father's firm. In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way--except that he is homosexual.
Written during 1913 and 1914, immediately after Howards End, and not published until 1971, Maurice was ahead of its time in its theme and in its affirmation that love between men can be happy. "Happiness," Forster wrote, "is its keynote....In Maurice I tried to create a character who was completely unlike myself or what I supposed myself to be: someone handsome, healthy, bodily attractive, mentally torpid, not a bad businessman and rather a snob. Into this mixture I dropped an ingredient that puzzles him, wakes him up, torments him and finally saves him."