Arctic Summer) [E–pub/Pdf] Ñ Damon Galgut
I loved the idea of
this book Damon Galgut fictionalises EM Forster s life between 1910 and 1924 It is book Damon Galgut fictionalises EM Forster s life between 1910 and 1924 It is story behind the story of A Passage to India I wasn t uite sure how to review this book so I made a list of the things I loved first I enjoyed reading about the literati of the time and how EM Forster felt alienated It was interesting to find out about a famous writer s life through an empathetic novelist s eyes I was impressed by the research and time that went into creating the novel and I liked the "Idea Of Finding Out About "of finding out about way people thought in India and Egypt and England in the early 1900sThe book lacked something though and I think it had a lot to do with the sterile telling of the tale We to do with the sterile telling of the tale We in EM Forster s head and I had no sense of setting because of the lack of sensory details I also found the scenes in the book overly long and repetitive which may be true to real life but boring when you read them The magic was lost for me in that final third of the book I read A Passage to India at university and this story took me back to a very different place and version of myself It made me think of how we remember things and how we change More importantly it reminded me of how we never forget how we feel about certain things even after many years have passed This made me wish Galgut had recreated something tangible instead of seemingly following the infatuation with the unknown from Forster s famous novel The long is I suspect most people come to this as an EM Forster fan whereas I m the contrary case This was the only Galgut I hadn t read when I picked it up in London a year or ago On the other hand I ve never read a thing by EM Forster other than his brilliant short story The Machine Stops So enamoured am I of Galgut that when I bought this I didn t even look at the back cover only to discover when I sat down to begin it at home that it is a bio novel I was crestfallen I have a historian s distaste for bio pics biography autobiography Why would a bio novel be any different What is it Some excuse to write a biography without doing the hard work Without having to bother with the facts Back on the shelf it sat and sat And sat Until the other day when I came upon it soon after an experience which had iven me a different perspective on this sort of book I read Infinity The Story of a Moment by Gabriel Josipovici read it loved it and only subseuently discovered it was a bio novelRest here You see he told Morgan It s as I said Everything comes down to religion and it s dull dull dullReligion is perhaps not the only element at work hereWhat do you mean Oh yes I see but even that part of it is dull A mixture of rapture and cowardice No action but all that uiveringOh lawks a mercy I seem to have turned into one of those people who need something to happen occasionally in the books they are reading Beautifully sensitively written But once laid down it was hard to pick up again At first I blamed the excruciating font the rough paper my reddened streaming eyes I battled on because I have loved Mr Galgut s work in the past But it really was a mixture of rapture and very understandable cowardice No action but all that uivering A fascinating portrait of EM Forster and his long struggle to produce A passage to India Galgut s prose is always well judged and readable and it left me wanting to read Forster Sometimes the feeling of a novel resonates so strongly with my current emotional state that it s eerie It s that magical moment where consciousness becomes fused so tight with the narrative and the particular story becomes my own particular and universal True I had this sensation as I The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss got into the thick of this novel s story It seems an unlikely place and person to feel so connected to Galgut s fictional imagining of writer EM Forster The novel mostly takes place between the publication of Howard s End in 1910 and the publication of A Passage to India in 1924 Forster or Morgan as he is commonly called travels to India primarily to visit a man he s fallen in love with named Syed Ross Masood He experiences first hand the strained racial relations and the way imperialism was transforming at that time Having met in England when Morgan was tutoring him the pair became close friends but never lovers as Masood denied Morgan s advances When Morgan returns to England he continues to live with his mother who is both his closest companion and worst enemy During the war Morgan takes up a position in Egypt and there meets the secondreat love of his life Mohammed Galgut carefully reconstructs. In 1912 the SS Birmingham approaches India On board is Morgan Forster novelist and man of letters who is embarking on a journey of discovery As Morgan stands on deck the promise of a strange new future begins to take shape before his eyes The seeds of a story start to ather at the corner of his mind a sense of impending menace lust in close. ,
Unnatural and disgusting India exerted a pull on him in part because his first reat unreuited love was for Syed Ross Masood a young Indian man he tutored in Latin Though that relationship was never consummated later ones with an Egyptian tram conductor and an Indian barber wereAs fictionalized biographies of authors o I d rate this somewhere between David Lodge s A Man of Parts HG Wells and Colm T ib n s superior The Master Henry James all three books share a heavy focus on the author s sexuality Buggery in the colonies It wasn t noble is one of my Having
RECENTLY READ DAMON GALGUT S INread Damon Galgut s In Strange Room which was brilliant and having a life long love of EM Forster I was prepared to love this novel about the English writer I liked it a lot but for some reason not uite as much as I loved The Master a similar novel in which Colm To b n elouently and plausibly muses on Henry James s life and booksAs in The Master in which To b n calls his protagonist Henry Galgut calls his hero Morgan throughout lovingly as I interpreted it and it brings the reader closer to him and his first name wasn t meant to be Edward anyway Galgut tells us his father accidentally said his own name at the christening Had he been less absent minded Forster s first name would have been the same as James s The title Arctic Summer was the title of a novel Forster never finished and seems fitting for this portrait of him his last and unrevealed story as it were It is part plausible story telling based on research and part Galgut s rendition of Forster s thoughts about his homosexuality and the two main loves of his life at least during the period that we follow him Syed Ross Masood and Mohammed el Adl and less so his thoughts
ABOUT HIS BOOKS IN A CONVERSATIONhis books In a conversation Virginia and Leonard Woolf at the end of the novel Forster says that he isn t really a novelist Virginia agrees Leonard does not For my own part I would have liked a bit about his novelsGalgut returns to India in this novel and to travelling He creates a story in which Forster puts together his major works but the novel builds up to the creation of what many consider to be Forster s masterpiece A Passage to India Galgut s novel delineates the other novel s development and suggests where many of its ideas spring from It took Forster some twelve years to write he continually abandoned it deeming his memories of India inauthentic until he visited it again Lines from Passage are strewn throughout this novel as if Forster had picked up bits and pieces from conversations and events over the 12 years from its conception to its final composition which he may well have done I recognized lines spoken by Dr Aziz and Dr Godbole descriptions of Forster s journey to the Barabar Caves which became the Marabar Caves and his thoughts on the British Raj many of which made Passage such an important book at the time Forster had the keenest eyes when it came to observing the English in India but also in depth knowledge of some of the differences between Hindus and Muslims in India and thus of the complexities of Indian politics at the time A lot of uess work is necessarily involved as to Forster s feelings of loss and inadeuacy his way of being a forlorn Prisoner of Midnight gentle man unable to fathom let alone experience the depths of his own sexual desires We are reminded in the beginning of the novel that Wilde was imprisoned only 17 years previously Much of this is both probable and reasonable but I felt less willing torant Galgut the liberty of imagining Forster s small sexual encounters so explicitly It seemed intrusive somehow because Forster himself hid this part of himself from all but his closest friends although I suspect that may have been one of Galgut s reasons for including them to imagine them out into the open And my need to protect Forster post humously is no doubt entirely misplaced this is art after all but those were my feelings I have to admit that it also BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. grated on my ears that the word nevertheless is used perhaps 20 times in the novel yet didn t work Or even so however leaving it outIn conclusion though I read this as an affective homage to Forster Like Forster and through painting this portrait of him Galgut explores human connections and travelling two of my favourite topics At one point in the novel Forster sees a sign in India which is characteristically misspelled and which comes to be a kind of theme in A Passage to India the memorable God si love an orthographically inaccurate but uite wonderful way to my mind of reiterating the epigraph to Howards End Only connect. Ights to bear in his remarkable novelAt once a fictional exploration of the life and times of one of Britain's finest novelists his struggle to find a way of living and being and a stunningly vivid evocation of the mysterious alchemy of the creative process Arctic Summer is a literary masterpiece by one of the finest writers of hiseneration. The tentative relationships Morgan builds with other people elucidating the
Suppressed Sexuality Of Morgan And The Complexity Racial Politicssexuality of Morgan and complexity of racial politics story is overall a speculation on the events and emotions which fed into the difficult creation of A Passage to India as well as the novel Maurice which wasn t published until after the author s deathRead my full review of Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut on LonesomeReader Love had vexed his mind making him irritable and irrational There was something in human affection that was at odds with reason he thought like a kind of mild insanity Moral ualms and shortage of willpower I believe Damon Galgut perfectly depicts his protagonist s drawbacks And he magically recreates psychological climate and an atmosphere of that long one era That echo It played in his head at unexpected moments repeating certain sounds and making nonsense of them But could you remember AN ECHO MEMORY ITSELF WAS LIKE ANOTHER KIND OF echo Memory itself was like another kind of everything duplicating endlessly in shadow versions of itself And this is an aura of the place He didn t believe not really in the supernatural But he didn t entirely disbelieve either India scraped up to the surface a kind of buried animism in him a propensity towards the mystical And an idea of happiness is always better than the happiness itself But the shame he slowly realised was part of the point Degradation had its own sensual power and no sooner was he hurrying away from one encounter than his mind was leaping ahead to the next one In the morning when he woke up he was already breathless with anticipation and the hours passed with rinding slowness till the appointed time But the idea was far thrilling than the act which was over almost as soon as it started EM Forster was an unhappy man tormented by his desires and doubts and he lived a miserable life but his moral suffering did make a Mr. Jelly's Business great writer out of him Inside a Very Private ManI knew E M Forster at Cambridge That is to say he allowed me to visit him in his rooms at King s College a couple of times in 1962 when I was a young undergraduate We talked about those few subjects on which he would willingly open up mainly music art and literature sufficiently removed from his own I found himenial witty and welcoming but also extraordinarily private on any matter having to do with his life or work Many years later after he was long dead I 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, got to know him in a different way through adapting his novel Where Angels Fear to Tread as an opera libretto The choices I had to makeave me a closer insight into Forster s mind as an artist as I tried I became much too close to the main character in this novel to be able to discuss the book with much objectivity In fact at the end of the novel I knew that I would strangely miss accompanying the thoughts of Morgan Forster or rather Damon Galgut s creation of EM Forster Morgan s loneliness his sense of being an outsider his rather sad connections with those he comes to love are not unfamiliar to me in my own experiences and Galgut manages to bring out what elevates and enriches those experiences in a masterful way Damon Galgut Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı got my attention with his experimental In a Strange Room which I found fascinating and baffling After reading that book I noticed myself thinking back on it often with everreater appreciation but here in Arctic Summer I m shown a Damon Galgut who writes traditionally and still makes the book linger after he s done Perhaps Arctic Summer will not be a huge literary milestone for Damon Galgut mainly due to it s dominant concern with Forster s personal and intimate life as opposed to his writing But for me this moving book about a rather Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines gentle man has already been placed among my favorites As a writer he d felt he had to provide answers but India had reminded him that no answer would suffice There had been so much he d seen and heard in that country which had baffled him and which rational thinking couldn t penetrate Mystery was at the heart of things there and it would be at the heart of his novel too35 This fictionalized account of the life of EM Forster zeroes in on the drawn out composition of A Passage to India which he began in 1913 but wouldn t complete and publish until 1924 In between he broke off to write Maurice only published posthumously spent three years working in Egypt during the war and served as a secretary to an Indian maharajah For as bold as he was able to be in his writing of Maurice Morgan as he is known here was still a virgin at the time and fought with the idea that his homosexual urges were. Confines under a hot empty sky It will be another twelve years and a second time spent in India before A Passage to India E M Forster'sreat work of literature is published During these years Morgan will come to a profound understanding of himself as a man and of the infinite subtleties and complexity of human nature bringing these reat ins.