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A Passage to India By E.M. Forster,

  • Title: A Passage to India
  • Author: E.M. Forster
  • ISBN: 9780241214992
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Exploring issues of colonialism, faith and the limits of comprehension, E.M Forster s A Passage to India is published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced Anglo Indian community Determined to escape the parochialExploring issues of colonialism, faith and the limits of comprehension, E.M Forster s A Passage to India is published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced Anglo Indian community Determined to escape the parochial English enclave and explore the real India , they seek the guidance of the charming and mercurial Dr Aziz, a cultivated Indian Muslim But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar caves with Aziz, and the well respected doctor soon finds himself at the centre of a scandal that rouses violent passions among both the British and their Indian subjects.
    A Passage to India Exploring issues of colonialism faith and the limits of comprehension E M Forster s A Passage to India is published as a Penguin Essential for the first time When Adela Quested and her elderly compa

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    1. Adventures do occur, but not punctually Life rarely gives us what we want at the moment we consider appropriate Illustrations from the Folio Edition by Ian Ribbons.Adela Quested and Mrs Moore have journeyed to India with the intention of arranging a marriage between Adela and Mrs Moore s son Ronny Heaslop He is the British magistrate of the city of Chandrapore He is imperial, much so than when Adela knew him in England India had developed sides of his character that she had never admired His se [...]

    2. Make no mistake This, to me, will always be Forster s magnum opus even though I am yet to even acquaint myself with the synopses of either Howards End or Maurice Maybe it is the handicap of my Indian sentimentality that I cannot remedy on whim to fine tune my capacity for objective assessment But strip away a colonial India from this layered narrative Peel away the British Raj too and the concomitant censure that its historical injustices invite And you will find this to be Forster s unambiguous [...]

    3. A Passage to India seems a bolder statement on Colonialism and racism than ever The Indians are thoughtful and droll, speaking about the trouble making friends with Englishmen, who become less personable the longer they are in India The British seem to a man all about keeping the Indian down, of holding the colony by force The writing is beautiful I just finished E.L Doctorow s The March, which errs on the purplish side at times There s no such overwriting here Even when one reads slowly the pr [...]

    4. Adela Quested, a plain looking, young , affable, and naive English school teacher, travels to distant India in the early 1920 s, accompanied by the elderly , kind, Mrs Moore, maybe her future mother in law a widow twice, and see the real country, important, to decide if she will marry Mrs Moore s son, the magistrate, of the unimportant city of Chandrapore, disillusioned Ronny Heaslop he dislikes Indians now Conditions are very uneasy in India, the natives hate the British rulers, and seek indep [...]

    5. In a novel with the line a perfectly adjusted organism would be silent it is no surprise that the centre of this cloud of writing is the idea of the difficulty, or the possible impossibility of communication and direct connection between people.Instead understanding has to be intuitive and incommunicable, Mrs Moore knows nothing has happened but can t convince her son, how she knows or how Professor Godbole knows about her and the wasp is unclear and if we don t like telepathy as an answer then [...]

    6. The past the infinite greatness of the past thrilled Walt Whitman in A Passage to India A quarter of a century later, Forster borrowed Whitman s title, but with a very different mood in mind In place of the American s wild eyed certainties, Forster gives us echoes and confusion instead of epic quests of the soul, there is only an eternal impasse of personal and cultural misunderstanding.Animals and birds are half seen, unidentified the landscape is a featureless blur motives are illogical and re [...]

    7. So easy going and then wham Quentin Tarantino could learn a lot from E M Forster He d learn that there s no need to pile on the menace in the early stages The shock, when it comes is much effective if the reader viewer has been led into thinking all is ordinary and relatively safe Forster is a master story teller, and a true philosopher as well.

    8. This is so far my favorite book by E.M Forster I tried A Room with a View first and gave that three stars This one, set in India probably about a decade or two before independence, mirrors British colonialism and the multicultural diversity of the land This one has much meat on its bones Religion, multi ethnicity, colonialism, imperialism, the dogged belief in the superiority of the rulers over the ruled and most specifically how very difficult it is to communicate over cultural barriers These [...]

    9. Written in 1924 this so called literary classic and 1001 book is set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the slow move towards Independence This book has been showered with awards I gave my copy of a good shake just to see if any of the awards had got stuck between the pages although personally the only award I would be inclined to hand out for E.M Forster s most famous novel would be the highly coveted shovelmonkey1 pillow award for producing an epic snooze fest I read this book while I [...]

    10. Can there ever be friendship between the colonizer and colonized Individuals from each group Can that trust last Can it flourish What happens when events put it under stress Forster has no easy answers in this book, as he dissects British colonial rule in India, and its impact on Indians and the British who have come there expressly to rule over India Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here [...]

    11. This tediously long 362 page story set in a 1924 British ruled India begins when an old twice married Mrs Moore brings a plain freckled faced Adela Quested on a visit to meet her son Ronny Heaslop, the City Magistrate, with hopes of marriage Mrs Moore soon befriends a local Indian and Surgeon, Dr Aziz view spoiler who is ultimately accused of attacking Adela while touring the Marabar Caves hide spoiler causing a political uproar.At this point in the novela little over 160 pages, I just could not [...]

    12. In some ways it s hard to believe that this was published in 1924, given the prescience Forster demonstrates in relation to the future of the British Raj Towards the end of the novel, one of the central characters, Dr Aziz, effectively predicts that Indians will throw out the British when England is is involved in another war in Europe and articulates albeit not in so many words the need for Indians to identify as Indians rather than as members of their individual religious communities in order [...]

    13. The I explore E.M Forster s books, the I come to realize that he was a man who held very unconventional views for his days In A Room with a View , he discussed the independence of spirit of women, in Howards End , the subtle ways the class division separates people and in A Passage to India , he expresses very anti colonialist views about what was once the jewel of the crown British occupied India.Racial tensions and prejudices turn a misunderstanding into quite a drama The portrait Forster pa [...]

    14. The sky settles everything not only climates and seasons but when the earth shall be beautiful By herself she can do little only feeble outbursts of flowers But when the sky chooses, glory can rain into the Chandrapore bazaars or a benediction pass from horizon to horizon The sky can do this because it is so strong and so enormous Strength comes from the sun, infused in it daily size from the prostrate earth No mountains infringe on the curve League after league the earth lies flat, heaves a lit [...]

    15. 4.5 India likes gods And Englishmen like posing as gods I first read this classic back when I was 18 and remember liking it The main plot had remained in my memory but not much else Re reading it now in my 40s, I m amazed how this text is so relevant to today s sociological and indeed political landscape Forster s novel, published in 1924, dealt with imperialism, showing the interactions between British and Indians in the fictional city of Chandrapore As you expect, most of the English behave in [...]

    16. A Passage to India is most of all a story of a fragile friendship which carefully treads the cultural differences It s a story of tiny misunderstandings and silly errors and their dramatic consequences Adela Quested who arrives in colonial India with the best and purest intentions ends up causing irreparable damage to the reputation of an Indian doctor Dr Aziz, and in consequence ruins his friendship with Cyril Fielding, an English teacher Adela is not so much a heroine but a catalyst of the eve [...]

    17. This book is a classic peace of literature It describes the differences in the western mindset and the eastern way of thought It shows how there are similarities in the two cultures of England and India There are marked differences in the religeons of Hindoism, Budism, Islam, Christianity and intellectualism I recommend this book highly to all.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

    18. 3.5 stars rounded up because I recognize the importance of this work as part of the literary canon I just didn t love it This is my 3rd book by E.M Forster and my least favorite I had a hard time getting into this To be honest I found the beginning to be a bit of a slog and if I hadn t been reading this as part of a challenge I may not have finished it BUT, I m really glad I did because it all comes together nicely in the end I listened to the audio which was a good choice for me It pulled me th [...]

    19. The India of Forster s imagination is a vast, incoherent land of hostile earth and oppressive air the weather, inhospitable to human life the sun, a burning, penetrating force that crushes the soul in the distance, sand, fields, bushes, sand, bushes, all indecipherable, all impenetrable to human reason The mind boggles at the immensity and confusion of India, at the distant mountains, at the strange religions, at the endless tracts of land blending with the gray and threatening sky This is a l [...]

    20. Most of life is so dull that there is nothing to be said about it, and the books and talk that would describe it as interesting are obliged to exaggerate, in the hope of justifying their own existence I ve spent a lot of time thinking about what the novel is, exactly It s an exceedingly flexible and fluid form The novel can accommodate historical behemoths like War and Peace, philosophical exercises like The Brothers Karamazov, wacky experiments like Ulysses, and mythical adventures like The Lor [...]

    21. When I first picked up this book, I was 13, and expecting to be insulted by some white guys going on about how barbaric my culture and history were and how the magnanimous British civilized us all I was, thankfully, wrong.It follows Mr Fielding, Miss Adela, and Mrs Moor as they come to tour India They are shown about by Dr Aziz, a poor Muslim, and Adela s fiance Mr Moor The basic storyline is one of Adela and Mrs Moor touring India, but then Adela eventually convicts Dr Aziz of sexual harassment [...]

    22. Chandrapore, India during the British Raj in the 1920s This is about a British young woman, Adela Quested falsely accusing an Indian doctor, Dr Aziz of attempted rape During the trial, Adela withdrew her lawsuit and admitted her mistake The false accusation, the trial and the retraction further divided the nation between the white colonizers and the dark skinned natives Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet wrote Rudyard Kipling in his 1889 first published poem, The [...]

    23. With everything going on this week, I can t help but think that this novel is still timely and relevant after all these years The book had a bit of a slow start for me However, it was important for the author to fully describe exactly what life was like in British controlled India, from where they lived to how they lived to who they interacted with and under what circumstances they were allowed to do so Rampant racism and religious intolerance didn t only occur between the British and the Indian [...]

    24. I read this book right after my first trip to India, and it offered both a moving story and an engaging historical account of the country s history It tells the story of British and Indian people who meet in Chandrapore Something happens or does it and their friendship is thrown into disarray to put it mildly If you have ever seen The Jewel in the Crown, this story will definitely remind you of that one, though the latter was published about forty years after this one I found Forster s style ver [...]

    25. A Passage to India is E.M Forster s magnum opus, the novel which combined his febrile artistic vision and fascination with India Some of Forster s depictions of India are wonderful and he is able to capture the humidity, the maleficent mugginess of the Indian atmosphere to outsiders She watched the moon, whose radiance stained with primrose the purple of the surrounding sky In England the moon had seemed dead and alien here she was caught in the shawl of the night together with the earth and all [...]

    26. I thoroughly enjoyed A Passage to India and am now officially a Forster fan Frankly, I m not certain how I made it this far through my education without ever picking him up I can t add much to what s already been written about this book, but I ll mention a few impressions anyway.Forster tells a great story with enviable economy and style Like a work of impressionist art, A Passage to India is superficially enjoyable, but the real treasure is found in what s not there Rich, beautiful detail lies [...]

    27. It s a Saturday evening, and you and your significant other have just arrived at an outdoor barbecue, hosted by your sweetheart s employer As you step out on to the patio, you do a quick visual sweep of the social atmosphere At first glance, it looks as though the party is dominated by your partner s coworkers, which is unfortunate, as they are all metallurgists That s right They re all metallurgists, and you re well, you re you.You ve got your fingers crossed that someone s significant other wi [...]

    28. A Passage to India is a character study of people with biases, beliefs and prejudices The setting just happens to be before independence when the book was actually written And for me, it was really surprising that the book had taken a pro indian stance without villifying the British Dr.Aziz is a moderate who toes the line with the British while embracing his faith and held in esteem by the society His world changes when he encounters Mrs.Moore, the mother of the collector who treats him with di [...]

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