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A Passage to India 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 masterful portrait of a society in the grip of imperialism, A Passage to India compellingly depicts the fate of individuals caught between the great political and cultural conflicts of the modern world In his introduction, Pankaj Mishra outlines Forster s complex engagement with Indian society and culture This edition reproduces the Abinger text and notes, and also includes four of Forster s essays on India, a chronology and further reading

10 thoughts on “A Passage to India

  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    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 cit

  2. Samadrita Samadrita says:

    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 nar

  3. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    In a rather ironic piece of narration, E.M Forster sums up my opinion of this book perfectlyMost 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 Indeed, this book was so terribly dull Ordinary, bland

  4. WILLIAM2 WILLIAM2 says:

    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 beautifu

  5. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    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 ca

  6. Warwick Warwick says:

    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

  7. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    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 Chandra

  8. Matthew Matthew says:

    I read A Passage To India for my Completist Book Club on Goodreads This is a book that I may have never even heard of if it was not for that group For those who are curious, it is a club that chooses books from must read lists to read each month Because of this club, I have been able to find some interesting, some challenging, and, sadly, even some bo

  9. Fionnuala Fionnuala says:

    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 mucheffective 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.

  10. Julie Julie says:

    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 meta

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