The first book I am going to review in my Summer Book Review list is 'Maurice' by E.M. Forster. I had already read a Forster book called 'Howards End', and found it really enjoyable. This is what spurred me on to read 'Maurice'. E.M. Forster's life spanned 1879 to 1970 and he was 91 when he passed away. He was homosexual, in a time when gay men could be arrested for 'lewd behavior', and so, although he wasn't closeted, only close friends and family ever really knew about his sexuality. I believe that it is this difference of character that must of helped Forster to see past some of the social and sexual laws of the day to the very heart of the matter. For example, in 'Howards End', Forster is able to give the readers representations of female characters who are intelligent, flawed and complex. That is what is so brilliant about his characters; each of them has their vices.
N.B. There is a brilliant 1987 Adaptation of this novel, starring James Wilby, Hugh Grant, and Rupert Graves, that I would highly recommend to anyone who reads and enjoys the book.