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Aug 10, 2021
| ISBN 9780593241561
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| ISBN 9781984899460
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| ISBN 9780593241578
Jan 07, 2020
| ISBN 9781984899477
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Aug 10, 2021 | ISBN 9780593241561
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Aug 10, 2021 | ISBN 9780593241578
Jan 07, 2020 | ISBN 9781984899477
The richest and most ambitious novel by one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, this masterpiece counts the human cost of British-occupied India, a society afflicted by imperialism and racism.“A Passage to India is both a challenge and an indictment. It is also a revelation.”—The New York Times Book ReviewWhen Adela Quested arrives in the city of Chandrapore in search of “the real India,” she quickly grows disillusioned with its prejudiced colonial community. Determined to escape the insular English enclave, she and her elderly companion, Mrs. Moore, seek the guidance of the charming and well-respected Dr. Aziz, a young Muslim physician. But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar Caves with Aziz, and the doctor finds himself at the center of a scandal that rocks Chandrapore to its core. E. M. Forster’s beautifully rendered characters illuminate the tensions of British-occupied India and make A Passage to India a masterpiece not only of historical impact but of deep humanity.
Among the greatest novels of the twentieth century, and the basis for director David Lean’s Academy Award-nominated film, A Passage to India turns on a tragic clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century, at the height of the Indian independence movement. Centering on an ambiguous incident between a young Englishwoman of uncertain stability and an Indian doctor eager to know his conquerors better, Forster’s book explores both the historical chasm between peoples and the eternal one between individuals struggling to ease their isolation and make sense of their humanity.
Britain’s three-hundred-year relationship with the Indian subcontinent produced much fiction of interest but only one indisputable masterpiece: E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India, published in 1924, at the height of the Indian independence movement. Centering on an ambiguous incident between a young Englishwoman of uncertain stability and an Indian doctor eager to know his conquerors better, Forster’s book explores, with unexampled profundity, both the historical chasm between races and the eternal one between individuals struggling to ease their isolation and make sense of their humanity.
E. M. Forster (1879–1970) was born Edward Morgan Forster in London. He attended Tonbridge School as a day boy and went on to King’s College, Cambridge, in 1897. With King’s he had a lifelong connection and was elected to an Honorary… More about E. M. Forster
“Forster’s undoubted masterpiece . . . probably the best novel ever written about [India] by an Englishman.”—The Hindu “Eerily prescient on the subject of empire . . . A Passage to India stands as a strangely timeless achievement.”—The Guardian
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