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by E.M. Forster
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Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
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. ...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it 3 years ago
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...
The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 3 years ago
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...
So.... Nicky?
So.... Nicky? rated it 5 years ago
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 ...
Darth Pedant
Darth Pedant rated it 5 years ago
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...
Read All The Things! Reviews
Read All The Things! Reviews rated it 5 years ago
Set during the years that England ruled India, A Passage to India explores the tensions created when different religious and ethnic groups share a country.For the most part, I was extremely bored with this book. The social conflicts between the British and the Indians were interesting for a little w...
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink rated it 5 years ago
This is one of those books where I enjoyed the writing far more than I enjoyed the story. There were passages that were so well written, so lovely, and so astute. At the same time I found myself feeling like this book would have been called Much Ado About Nothing if the title hadn't been already tak...
sologdin
sologdin rated it 6 years ago
Nutshell: racism temporarily defeated by means of more or less permanent sexism. Novel promises to be an exercise in inverting baudrillardian dissimulation: “The streets are mean, the temples ineffective, and though a few fine houses exist they are hidden away in gardens or down alleys whose filt...
Peregrinations
Peregrinations rated it 6 years ago
Beautiful written. Deeply moving. A novel about bigotry and racism. If this is the way it was, you can understand why India sought its freedom from British domination and why other regions in turn broke away from India--and then there were all the political issues that this story barely touches on.
Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings
Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings rated it 6 years ago
I locked myself up in my room to read this today, not because I was particularly eager to, but rather because I had to. Yup, summer reading is a bitch. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this one. It was startlingly readable and quick, keeping my attention easily. One of my few drawbacks to it, however,...
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