A Passage to India

A Passage to India

Large Print - 2005
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In this Readers' Guide, Betty Jay considers the establishment of Forster's reputation and the various attempts of critics to decipher the complex codes that are a feature of his novel. Successive chapters focus on debates around Forster's liberal-humanism, with essays from F. R. Leavis, Lionel Trilling and Malcolm Bradbury; on the indeterminacy and ambiguity of the text, with extracts from essays by Gillian Beer, Robert Barratt, Wendy Moffat and Jo-Ann Hoeppner Moran; and on the sexual politics of Forster's work, with writings from Elaine Showalter, Frances L. Restuccia and Eve Dawkins Poll. The Guide concludes with essays from Jeffrey Meyers and Jenny Sharpe, who read A Passage to India in terms of its engagement with British imperialism.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2005
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780786277810
0786277815
Branch Call Number: LP F For

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traceyrb
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.

dragonsnakes Mar 17, 2011

Enjoyable read. The movie is worth watching too.

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macierules
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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