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A Passage to India
A Passage to India
Author: E. M. Forster
Among the greatest novels of the twentieth century and the basis for director David Lean’s Academy Award-winning film, A Passage to India tells of the clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century. In exquisite prose, Forster reveals the menace that lurks just beneath the surface of ordinary life, as a common mi...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780156711425
ISBN-10: 0156711427
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 170 ratings
Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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A classic of the conflict between colonizer and the colonized in British India.
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A window into other cultures, another time. Less entertaining than educational. But interesting none the less.
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slow, very little plot. you do learn about India in the 1920's though.
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An interesting tour through British colonial India.
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Excellent book
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I thought that the first part was slow and rather uneventful. A Muslim doctor is apparently friendly to many Anglos. In it he exposes the kaleidoscope of an ethnic, racial, cultural, and religious society that was India in the early 1900s, the dominance of the Anglo culture and their attitude towards the native Indians. Beyond the Indian social caste of birthright and occupation, there is also one of religious caste. The second part brings the true Anglo-Indian relations to a head. When the doctor is falsely accused of assaulting an Anglo woman, they turn tail and show their true colors. They rally round the (British) flag so to speak. All of the underlying bias and superiority of the British is exposed. Through this the doctor retains only one Anglo friend; however, the ordeal and the trial have strained their relationship. In part three, we see that all personal and cultural relationships have been unalterable strained.
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What really happened in the Marabar caves? This is the mystery at the heart of E.M. Forster's 1924 novel, A Passage to India, the puzzle that sets in motion events highlighting an even larger question: Can an Englishman and an Indian be friends?

Written while England was still firmly in control of India, Forster's novel follows the fortunes of three English newcomers to India--Miss Adela Quested, Mrs. Moore, and Cyril Fielding--and the Indian, Dr. Aziz, with whom they cross destinies. The idea of true friendship between the races was a radical one in Forster's time, and he makes it abundantly clear that it was not one that either side welcomed. If Aziz's friend, Hamidullah, believed it impossible, the British representatives of the Raj were equally discouraging

Despite their countrymen's disapproval, Miss Quested, Mrs. Moore, and Mr. Fielding are all eager to meet Indians, and in Dr. Aziz they find a perfect companion: educated, westernized, and open-minded. Slowly, the friendships ripen, especially between Aziz and Fielding. Having created the possibility of esteem based on trust and mutual affection, Forster then subjects it to the crucible of racial hatred: during a visit to the famed Marabar caves, Miss Quested accuses Dr. Aziz of sexually assaulting her, then later recants during the frenzied trial that follows. Under such circumstances, affection proves to be a very fragile commodity indeed.
Arguably Forster's greatest novel, A Passage to India limns a troubling portrait of colonialism at its worst, and is remarkable for the complexity of its characters. Here the personal becomes the political and in the breach between Aziz and his English "friends," Forster foreshadows the eventual end of the Raj.
--Alix Wilber (amazon.com review)
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A classic for anyone who loves to read and who aspires to write!


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