A Passage To India
What did happen to Miss Quested in the Marabar Caves? This tantalizing question provides the intense drama of racial tension at the centre of Forster's last and greatest novel. After a mysterious incident during their visit to the caves, the charming Dr Aziz is accused of assaulting Adela... show more
What did happen to Miss Quested in the Marabar Caves? This tantalizing question provides the intense drama of racial tension at the centre of Forster's last and greatest novel. After a mysterious incident during their visit to the caves, the charming Dr Aziz is accused of assaulting Adela Quested, a naive young Englishwoman new to India. As he is brought to trial, the fragile structure of Anglo-Indian relations collapses and the racism inherent in colonialism is exposed in all its ugliness - a theme which still has powerful, dangerous realities today.
Publish date: September 23rd 1999
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 20th Century
Forster’s 1924 classic, A Passage to India, is a bitingly caustic look at race relations in British India. Anyone with any knowledge of the British Empire will know that the average British attitude towards any indigenous person in the colonies was a blend of condescension, racism, and paternalism. ...
context - from E. M. Forster's letter - his opinions may seem offensive, and I have yet to see whether and how they surface in the novel, so for the time being, I'll mark it as a "to his closest Indian friend Syed Ross Masood - almost certainly the main model for the character of Aziz in A Passage t...
What a beautiful piece about the sad limitation of humanity when bridging cultures. It's uncomfortable, poignant, lovely, and human. I don't know how much more I can say, since there is actually little plot to the work itself, the pages being driven by description, be it of places, of people and t...
SPOILERSSo well done. I was so deeply invested in all the story people, especially Dr. Aziz, that when he finds himself in great trouble (at end of Part One), I could not continue reading. I even went to Wikipedia to read the synopsis to make sure he survived, but I still couldn't make myself go on ...
I really struggled through this one. The star rating is as objective as I can make it under the circumstances. The writing is beautiful, the characters vivid and engaging, and the story is poignant. However, my reading experience was heavily colored by current events (i.e. Ferguson and all the abhor...