Book :: A Passage to India

A Passage to India
By: E. M. Forster
Pages: 376
Published: 1924
Genre(s): India
Historical Fiction
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E. M. Forster’s 1924 masterpiece, A Passage to India, is a novel that tackles the thorny notions of preconceptions and misconceptions through characters’ desire to overcome the barrier that divides East and West in colonial India. Here we see the limits of liberal tolerance, good intentions, and good will as we try to sort through the common problems that exist between two very different...

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Trappalapp Trappalapp

The concepts in this book were very interesting. I felt they weren't portrayed in a way that they could be easily followed.

Nov 5th, 2022

Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

I enjoyed this book on which I'm sure made it easier to stay with the story. I enjoy historical fiction and this book is partly that, although more focused on the stresses of a few particular relationships. Although E.M. Forster set his novel in the time of British colonization of India, and the subservience of that nation's people, he also made it a more personal story by drawing the reader into the lives of a few key people.

Apr 15th, 2018

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Mar 5th, 2018

forline forline

Dec 31st, 2017

Murfville Murfville

So interesting

Aug 27th, 2017

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Jun 5th, 2015

Caro60 Caro60

The challenge of this wonderful novel is between the hardened cynicism and racism of the anglo indians and those who just view people as people.. These two very different views of the indian people is in stark contrast to the views of the indian people of both themselves and the 'english.'. The events at the Malabar Cave expose these prejudices and the corrupting effects it has on what we would call natural justice. The scene where the anglo indians join the judge on the dais to sit in judgement is chilling. That things do not turn out as badly as they perhaps may have is thanks to those who resist the temptation to stereotype and condemn someone as being of an inferior social and moral code to themselves. A very telling tale of the dark side of empire.

Mar 10th, 2015

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Dec 12th, 2014

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39th on Books of the Century by Waterstone

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