- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classic (August 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780141441160
- ISBN-13: 978-0141441160
- ASIN: 014144116X
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 360 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Novel by E.M. Forster published in 1924. Considered one of the author's finest works, the novel examines racism and colonialism as well as the need to maintain both ties to the earth and a cerebral life of the imagination. The book portrays the relationship between the British and the Indians in India and the tensions that arise when a visiting Englishwoman, Adela Quested, accuses a well-respected Indian man, Dr. Aziz, of attacking her during an outing. Aziz has many defenders, including the compassionate Cecil Fielding, the principal of the local college. During the trial Adela hesitates on the witness stand and then withdraws the charges. Aziz and Fielding go their separate ways, but two years later they have a tentative reunion. As they ride through the jungles, an outcrop of rocks forces them to separate paths, symbolizing the racial politics that caused a breach in their friendship. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
What really happened in the Marabar caves? This is the mystery at the heart of E.M. Forster's 1924 novel, A Passage to India, the puzzle that sets in motion events highlighting an even larger question: Can an Englishman and an Indian be friends?
"It is impossible here," an Indian character tells his friend, Dr. Aziz, early in the novel. "They come out intending to be gentlemen, and are told it will not do.... Why, I remember when Turton came out first. It was in another part of the Province. You fellows will not believe me, but I have driven with Turton in his carriage--Turton! Oh yes, we were once quite intimate. He has shown me his stamp collection.
"He would expect you to steal it now. Turton! But red-nosed boy will be far worse than Turton!
"I do not think so. They all become exactly the same, not worse, not better. I give any Englishman two years, be he Turton or Burton. It is only the difference of a letter. And I give any Englishwoman six months. All are exactly alike."Written while England was still firmly in control of India, Forster's novel follows the fortunes of three English newcomers to India--Miss Adela Quested, Mrs. Moore, and Cyril Fielding --Wilbur.
About the Author
Pankaj Mishra is the author of From the Ruins of Empire and several other books. He is a columnist at Bloomberg View and the New York Times Book Review, and writes regularly for The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and The New Yorker. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in London.
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Unfortunately, this scanned digital edition contains dozens of OCR typographical errors that even a cursory proofreading could have corrected. "The" is repeatedly rendered as "tile" and many other issues, and the effect is very distracting. Hopefully the publishers will see fit to correct the transcription errors in this outstanding novel.
A Passage to India
YES, this book has significant problems in it’s digitalized form, but if it is the ONLY way you can read it….skip the intro and read the story in a spirit of forgiveness for the poor format.
By all means if you can find a better copy, do so;
But do not miss Forster’s insightful story-telling that gives so much understanding to the human experience of colonialism (both from the English side and the Indian side).
Fascinating insight into colonialism and English-Indian relationships through very personal encounters. The microcosm of the story will give you layer after layer of understanding into this period in history. If you watched the movie Ghandi and think you ‘know’ enough about colonial India, you have cheated yourself. Getting to know the characters Dr Aziz, Cyril Fielding, Mrs. Moore, Ronny Heaslop and Narayan Godbole gives clarity to the “muddle” that is colonialism.
And BTW, if you have seen the movie you have not experienced ‘A Passage to India’. Yes, the events follow very closely the book, but it is missing the soul of the STORY.
I read this book many years ago in school and really liked it. Then I happened across it on a list of books for the Kindle just recently. I wasn't sure if it would hold up to a re-read, if I'd like it as much as I had back then, but I got it anyway.
The era of Colonialism is over, but what with invasions and temporary governments and the fraught nature of international relations, this book is absolutely timely. The characters are fully fleshed out, the story makes sense, and the writing is brilliant.