Monday, 19 June 2000

Forster and English football

Listening to:

Chopin, a CD called Rondos and variations played by Idil Biret. The current track is called Variations brillantes. It seems an accurate title.

Just read:

E. M. Forster's Maurice.

Well, how wrong I was. Clive Durham didn’t work out at all. Sorry for the spoiler, but I have to say that it wasn’t really a conventional romantic novel at all. It did have a happy ending though. I liked it a lot. I think I may even put it above Howard’s End in my Forster ranking.

Now reading:

A passage to India by, yes, you guessed it, E. M. Forster. I’ve read Part I of this, and have liked it a great deal so far. More on it as the story develops. I wonder though what someone like Kipling made of this when it came out. Apparently (according to the blurb on the back of the book), this was Forster’s most successful novel and has sold in its millions.

The English football team won their group match against Germany 1-0 on Saturday night. The fans went a-rioting in Charleroi (Belgium) and around 500 of them were arrested. As I believe the Duke of Wellington said of his army, I don’t know what they do to the enemy, but they scare the hell out of me. This country is bizarre; it will serve them all right if the team does get kicked out of the competition, as I heard the authorities have suggested.