Top positive review
perceptive writer about men, but not about women
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2016
wonderful book, with many well known Forster pieces except Maurice. I like Forster in many ways, however the more I read, the more I dislike his attitude towards women, who, in his opinion, at least most of them, if not all of them, were ill educated, frivolous, practical, on the whole a serious impediment to the intellectual development of the men who had the ill fortune to be their relatives by marriage or by birth. I have to say, to Forster's ghost, raised high on the literary pedestal by subsequent generations of admirers, that women didn't have the education opportunities-- hence the ill education, didn't conform to men's strict ideal of social appropriateness --hence the frivolity, didn't have the economic and financial stability enjoyed by men -- hence being more practical. All his opinions about women only confirmed the unfairness women had long suffered under. I am only wondering how Forster, a perceptive writer, could sympathize with many ill-treated people like people from the colonies, homosexuals, disabled people, people being bullied in school etc. However he had not much sympathy for women. Probably he was surrounded by bad female characters (his own choice or his ill fortune, who knows?) in his life and he just used this opportunity to raise his objection to them.