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A Passage to India. Penguin No. 48 (original: 1924; edição: 1960)

de E M Forster

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In this hard-hitting novel, first published in 1924, the murky personal relationship between an Englishwoman and an Indian doctor mirrors the troubled politics of colonialism. Adela Quested and her fellow British travelers, eager to experience the "real" India, develop a friendship with the urbane Dr. Aziz. While on a group outing, Adela and Dr. Aziz visit the Marabar caves together. As they emerge, Adela accuses the doctor of assaulting her. While Adela never actually claims she was raped, the decisions she makes ostracize her from both her countrymen and the natives, setting off a complex chain of events that forever changes the lives of all involved. This intense and moving story asks the listener serious questions about preconceptions regarding race, sex, religion, and truth. A political and philosophical masterpiece.… (mais)
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Título:A Passage to India. Penguin No. 48
Autores:E M Forster
Informação:Penguin (1960), Paperback
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"A Passage to India" is a novel though largely based on Forster’s personal experience of travels through India and his deep, enduring, unrequited love of a man of Indian descent. Written in 1924, it is the story of a young woman’s journey to meet her potential fiancé- a British government worker stationed in India. It is a simple tale set within a very culturally complex society.

Between 1858 and 1947 India was under British rule and the Indian Nationalist movement was just getting started. There was a lot of tension between the British conquerers and the Indian civilians. Those on either side did not intermingle socially and barely tolerated each other in business and government matters. The country was rife with prejudice and racial tension. In addition to the British vs. Indian political dissension, there was religious conflict as well. The British Christians scorned most Indians and the Muslims looked down upon the Hindus. Forster does a wonderful job of using fictional characters to demonstrate the diversity. For this achievement alone, the book is a classic and listed as Number 25 on Modern Library’s list of the best 100 novels of all time.

The primary characters of A "Passage to India" include the young British woman Adele, her fiancé and his British mother, a Muslim Dr. Aziz, a Hindu Professor Mr. Godbole, and a British atheist Professor Cyril Fielding.

The plot: while all relevant characters are trying to maintain a fine balance socially with superficial but polite and courteous interaction, one disastrous incident sets off a chain of events that sparks civil unrest and near riots.

This “incident” which takes place in a dark haunting cave is the focal point of the entire novel, yet the details are vague and therefore weaken the plot. One is never to discover if Adele is really assaulted or not. And that’s okay, but what is difficult to understand are the numerous academic interpretations of the plot which offer “opinionated” but unsubstantiated details. No-where in the book- even after 2 readings- did I discern Adele’s slightest attraction to Dr. Aziz. Perhaps if she had been attracted to him and rejected, it would help explain her actions. And Adele is not a very likable character. Forster clearly paints her as ugly, unwomanly, unsophisticated, rude, and uncouth. Therefore many of the events are predictable, but absurd.

Nevertheless, the suspense is palpable leading up to the incident. The pages reek with forthcoming disaster. And descriptions of India’s culture and geography are bold and dynamic. Forster touches on mysticism, rituals and festivities, primitive customs, ancient monuments, and the stark inhabitable landscape.

It’s a worthy read, but in my opinion, overrated, outdated, and somewhat elementary.

Rated 3 Stars ( )
  LadyLo | Aug 18, 2021 |
I loved Forster so much in high school that it is disappointing to return to find him so smug and sour. ( )
  linepainter | Aug 15, 2021 |
Forster is one of my favorite authors. Many of his characters are drawn in the round. Those we sympathize with are flawed, few are fully unsympathetic. In this book, Ronny Heaslop, for instance, is one of the latter. It’s clear that even those who sincerely want to understand, to “connect,” to use the key term from another of Forster’s novels, Howards End, never will.
This one basic theme, the failure of British middle and upper classes to connect, plays out in all his novels, whether set in India, Egypt, Italy, or back home in England. In each locale, he is attentive to the scenery and weather, which he describes in precise, fresh, evocative terms without being flowery. He constructs interesting plots. In the case of Passage, the turning point—an accusation and arrest—comes almost exactly at mid-point. The last of three sections, Temple, is shorter than the other two, Mosque and Caves; it functions as an epilogue, set two years after the main events. As in the other two sections, misunderstanding abounds. Ironically, their clarification also signals the end of friendship between two men, one Indian, one English, even while it permits them to part on heartfelt, affectionate terms.
Finally, each of his books is replete with sentences so well-crafted they could stand on their own as aphorisms. For instance, this: “Ronny approved of religion as long as it endorsed the National Anthem, but he objected when it attempted to influence his life.”
A sad book, highly recommended. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster (1965)
  arosoff | Jul 10, 2021 |
When I read the book years ago, I was filled with self-righteous indignation. How could the British behave in the way that they did? This was my reaction then.

I picked this book up again, after reading E.M. Forster's "Aspects of the Novel", and I realized that he took us back in time to the days when writing was elegant.

The main incident revolves around a picnic at the Marabar Caves and a false allegation of molestation.

While relating the incidents up to the fateful picnic, subsequent events, and the courtroom drama (which, is the climax), there is an extended epilogue.
This is a tale of the British Raj - about the hypocrisy of the British in India, as well as the hypocritical and self-serving behavior of Indians as well.

It's also a tale of loss - of the loss of connections, and the superficial view that people take of them.

It's brilliant, a masterpiece. ( )
  RajivC | Jul 7, 2021 |
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Except for the Marabar caves--and they are twenty miles off--the city of Chrandrapore presents nothing extraordinary.
Towards the end of 1906 Theodore Morison, who until recently had been Principal of the Anglo-Oriental College at Aligarh and now lived ay Weybridge, Surrey, was looking for a tutor in Latin for his Indian ward Syed Ross Masood, a young Moslem of good, indeed distinguished, family who was destined for Oxford. (Editor's Introduction)
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Perhaps it is chance, more than any peculiar devotion, that determines a man in his choice of medium, when he finds himself possessed by an obscure impulse towards creation. (Introduction)
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In this hard-hitting novel, first published in 1924, the murky personal relationship between an Englishwoman and an Indian doctor mirrors the troubled politics of colonialism. Adela Quested and her fellow British travelers, eager to experience the "real" India, develop a friendship with the urbane Dr. Aziz. While on a group outing, Adela and Dr. Aziz visit the Marabar caves together. As they emerge, Adela accuses the doctor of assaulting her. While Adela never actually claims she was raped, the decisions she makes ostracize her from both her countrymen and the natives, setting off a complex chain of events that forever changes the lives of all involved. This intense and moving story asks the listener serious questions about preconceptions regarding race, sex, religion, and truth. A political and philosophical masterpiece.

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