A Passage to India

A Passage to India

Book - 1992
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Adela Quested arrives in Chandrapore, prepared to meet and marry a city magistrate who exemplifies the narrow-minded, anti-Indian prejudices of the imperial bureaucracy, but an expedition, led by the charming Dr Aziz, ends in an incident which quickens the pulse of Anglo-Indian mistrust.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [1992]
Copyright Date: ©1952
ISBN: 9780679405498
Branch Call Number: FORST
Characteristics: xxxix, 293 pages ; 22 cm.


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Nov 08, 2020

I read Forster's most famous novel preparatory to seeing David Lean's film of it, which I shall request as soon as I'm finished with this brief and enthusiastic endorsement note. Besides being fundamentally concerned with race-based imperialism--very much a major issue still, nearly a century after its publication--A Passage to India is a comic novel of manners of the highest order. Forster spent a lot of time in India, and he apparently kept his ears open all the while, so that he could convey the speech and demeanors of upper-class Indians, Hindu and Muslim, vis-a-vis those of the English colonial ruling class. I wonder whether the title, lifted from one of Whitman's most famous poems, was meant by Forster to pique American interest in what he was saying. --Ray Olson

Oct 14, 2020

Set in Colonial India, A Passage to India is a story of trust and prejudice. Centered around a false sexual assault accusation, the novel explores what it means to be a good person. It also questions the very nature of imperialism considering the basis of it is the inherent superiority of British people. The novel is grim, but only because it is a reflection of the colonial horrors seen by people still living today. A Passage to India is a book people should read not just because of the story, but also to understand some of the causes to problems plaguing India to this day.

Sep 18, 2017

Wonderful writing. The book is set in 3 parts: first, The Mosque which is set in the cool dry season. It seems to be about Islam and there is a sense of harmony of things. Second, The Caves which is set in the hot season. There is a lot of tension and unrest and the story focuses on the British domination of India and Christianity. The third and final part, The Temple is set in the rainy season, a time of growth, and Hinduism is predominant.

Two of the characters, Mrs. Moore and Adela Quested, want to see and experience the real India but through the story Forster suggests that there is no one India but a clash of cultures and religions. The book points to a future time when maybe, possibly there is more harmony. It is a story of friendships and how difficult it is to establish friendships between peoples of different cultures and faiths.

A beautiful and yet eerie novel.

athompson10 Jan 26, 2017

A classic for a reason. Beautiful and thoughtful, with a cruel clash of cultures at the heart.

multcolib_central Jul 19, 2014

Civilized prose infused with raw emotions. The characters are multi-dimensional, as are their motives, which makes for a fascinating read

LMOH Sep 20, 2013

A terrific audiobook to listen to. Very funny.

Jun 19, 2010

Last week, a man sitting next to me on a plane asked me if this was the first time I had read this book - and I thought, hey I like you because you are as nosy as me checking out what everyone else is reading. I had already taken note of his book as well. Imagine how wonderful to have read all the great books and had time to go back and read the best over again. I love Forster, but don't think I'll revisit this book.

samdog123 Jun 17, 2010

A beautifully written account of British Imperialism in India in the 1920's. Forster's writing is wonderful, but I prefered his A Room with a View--much more humour there.


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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Miss Adela Quested, Mrs. Moore, and Cyril Fielding arrive in India and cross paths with Dr. Aziz.

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