A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

A Passage to India (1924) concerns the ‘disconnects’ between Indian natives and British colonials played out around Chandrapore and the Marabar Caves in the days of the Raj. Forster (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._M._Forster) delicately but resolutely sticks the knife into the whole idea of colonial presence in India. The narrative is engaging and the characters memorable, particularly perhaps Miss Adela Quested and her future mother-in-law Mrs Moore. Forster, also, shows himself to be an adroit anatomist of human emotion. A pleasure to read.

To set  A Passage to India in context reach for Concerning E.M. Forster (2010) by Frank Kermode (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Concerning-E-M-Forster-Frank-Kermode/dp/0753823365/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389019165&sr=8-1&keywords=concerning+e+m+forster)

Still informative is E.M. Forster: The Critical Heritage (1973) edited by Philip Gardner(http://www.amazon.co.uk/E-M-Forster-critical-heritage-Philip-Gardner/dp/0415159261/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389019529&sr=8-2&keywords=e+m+forster+critical+heritage)

For a fuller treatment by means of commissioned essays reach for The Cambridge Companion to E.M. Forster (2007) edited by David Bradshaw (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cambridge-Companion-Forster-Companions-Literature/dp/0521834759/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1389019621&sr=8-1)

Brought to the screen in a sublime adaptation of 1984 by David Lean (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087892/?ref_=sr_2). Starring Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, Alec Guinness, Nigel Havers, Richard Wilson, Art Malik and James Fox. Available on DVD at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Passage-India-DVD-Judy-Davis/dp/B000089AUE/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1373662632&sr=1-1&keywords=passage+to+india

416 pages in Penguin Classics paperback edition

First published 1924

ISBN 978-0141441160

E.M. Forster

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