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I knew this short story collection was E.M Forster s previously unpublished gay work but I was NOT prepared for HOW GAY this would be Maurice is one of my favourite books Though explicitly gay it s incredibly refined in its handling of homosexuality These stories however had NO RESTRAINT WHATSOEVER.My favourite story was The Obelisk although I also really really loved The Other Boat and The Classical Annex is the most absurd fabulous six pages I ve ever read The only story I didn t really like was The Torque it was too weird uncomfortable to read for me. (((FREE DOWNLOAD))) ☠ The Obelisk ☚ Popular Books, The Obelisk By E.M Forster This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Obelisk, Essay By E.M Forster Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Not Forster at his best Somewhat obsessed with casual homosexual sex, with the exception of the first story, The Obelisk of the title, which is about casual heterosexual sex In its time a bold, if not foolhardy choice of subject matter but has rather lost its power to shock as social s have changed so markedly. Despite his fame, I d have to admit to having never read anything by EM Forster before This selection of eight short stories seemed an easily achievable way of changing that.As at least one other reviewer has noted, the stories are of variable quality and I would recommend the first and the last the Obelisk and the Other Boat The rest are rather a hotchpotch of attempts at historical tales along with elements of fantasy and the mythical India and the pains and pleasures of the interactions between West and East also appear than once.There is an underlying theme of hyprocisy while the overwhelming subject matter is that of illicit homosexual love This wasn t particularly sign posted on the cover so after the third story or so, I was left with the feeling that he was simply re writing the same story in multiple different settings and contexts Perhaps he was Nonetheless, deficiencies aside, this writer has a great ability to capture the essence and contradictions of the English. A nice little collection, although I didn t exactly get something new from each story The moral of the stories is that society has done a number on its strapping young gay men I was impressed by the unceremonious handling of sex as an actual narrative event that said, it is THE pivotal event, along with subsequent betrayals and disappointments, in literally every story in this collection In Forster s defense, he didn t exactly have a choice to tailor the collection in his usual elegant way it wasn t published until he died, same as Maurice.To be clear this is no Maurice But it s a good set of stories, worth adding to a Forster collection and full of all the things that you probably already like about the author if you re picking this one up Wry wit, low key satire of his own native country, and he makes writing with style sound easy. Review from BadelyngeThis sturdy and well presented edition by Hesperus Press presents eight stories by E.M.Forster with foreword by Amit Chaudhuri It s a shame these stories were never printed during Forster s lifetime because, in a way, they were written to challenge a different age That isn t to say that the stories are worthless, Forster remains one of the shining lights of the last century and his powers of irony, symbolism and good storytelling are all showcased here again The societal landscape of moralists and s may have shifted but hypocrisy and class differences are targets that Forster can still hit even from beyond the grave. I would recommend two short stories from this collection The Obelisk, and The Other Boat These were simply fantastic, the rest left little impression on me I m afraid.