E.M. Forster

A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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“A Passage to India” is a novel written by British author E.M. Forster, published in 1924. The novel is set in British-occupied India during the early 20th century and explores themes of cultural clash, colonialism, friendship, and the complexities of human relationships.

The story follows the experiences of several characters, both British and Indian, as they interact in the fictional city of Chandrapore. The main characters include Dr. Aziz, an Indian Muslim physician; Cyril Fielding, the school principal; Adela Quested, a young Englishwoman; and Ronny Heaslop, Adela’s fiancé and a British magistrate.

The novel delves into the cultural and racial tensions that arise in the colonial context. One of the central incidents of the story is Adela Quested’s accusation of Dr. Aziz of sexual assault during a trip to the Marabar Caves. This event has far-reaching consequences for the characters and the relationships between the British and Indian communities.

“A Passage to India” is often regarded as a classic of modernist literature and is acclaimed for its nuanced portrayal of the complexities of colonialism and the difficulty of establishing genuine connections between people of different backgrounds and cultures. E.M. Forster’s novel is known for its insightful exploration of the human psyche, particularly the inner thoughts and emotions of its characters, as well as its social and political commentary. It remains an important work in the study of colonial literature and postcolonial studies. The novel has also been adapted into a successful film directed by David Lean in 1984.

11 reviews for A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

  1. Siddhartha Lodh (Verified Purchase)

    Surprisingly Good quality of pages for second hand book. Language is easily understandable.

  2. Fahad Sayed (Verified Purchase)

    Beautifully written and thoroughly enjoyable. Gives a glimpse of early 20th century India and its complex dealings with the Raj. Not so much a British colonial document but a human story nonetheless.

  3. Dipak Patel (Verified Purchase)

    Forster is so honest in his description of Colonial India, its people and the English attitudes towards them both. Great read!

  4. Sreekanth velkuru (Verified Purchase)

    I like that it’s a British print. The font size is just right….. cos I’m getting on in years and reading fine print is a real effort now…… There are also notes which are extremely helpful. For me, a gr8 buy…..

  5. Ashwin Kumar (Verified Purchase)

    Will discuss only about the quality of book i received… The cover is good…the paper quality is good….and the binding is good. Overall a nice purchase.

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