(From the publisher):
A collection of the author's reflections in the form of articles, essays, broadcasts, etc. In this first full length book since 1946, the author presents the fruits of his reflections--political and aesthetic--over the past fifteen years. The volume is divided into two parts, "The Second Darkness" and "What I Believe". Of the first section Mr. Forster says: "The climate is political, and the conclusion is suggested is that, though we cannot expect to love one another, we must learn to put up with one another. Otherwise we shall all of us perish. Intolerance now connotes suicide." This half of the book concentrates on the war "which began for Great Britain in 1939. and which is still going on." Anti-semitism, the Nazis, liberty and censorship are discussed.
In the second part Mr. Forster proclaims his faith in the arts and "also my faith in personal relationships." Among the authors discussed are Skelton, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Proust, Forest Reid, and Iqbal. There are also pieces on his great-grandfather, his library, Mrs. Miniver, and the Duke of Portland. As for places ("in them also I believe"), there are the Pelew Islands, India, South Africa, Europe, and the United States, to which his first two visits were made during the period cover in the book. "The darkness degrades us," concludes Mr. Forster in this important book, "may thin out. we may still contrive to raise three cheers for democracy, although at present she only deserves two."
Original title: Two Cheers for Democracy
Genre: Fiction→ Nonfiction (admin Use Only)
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