“alvin r. c. said: 5 stars
My first EM Forster. It's a wonderful novel. I've seen the David Lean years back and I liked it very much. When I read the book I feel the need to watch the film again and I'm expecting to appreciate the film more.
Clash of classes in colonial India had never been sampled better than in this book.
Linda E said: 3 stars
First half of book is entertaining. Last half is anti-western and anti-Christianity dribble.
Shawna M said: 2 stars
Didn't even finish (only the second book this year I didn't finish). It was long, and slow. The discriptions of India and the characters were great and I can see why it is a classic, but the story is sad, the lead character is accused of molestation just because he is an Indian, in India. But it is dragged out too long.
Aga M. said: 3 stars
"A Passage to India” by E. M. Forster is the picture of colonial times in India. The picture painted by two artists, presenting two points of view on the same subject. We have a description created by the white men and by the natives.
The main story is that of the friendship between dr. Aziz and two British ladies: Mrs. Moore and Miss Quested and between dr. Aziz and college head master Mr Fielding. Both relationships are not going to end positively. The turning point of the story is the visit to the Marabar Caves, after which Miss Quested accuses dr. Aziz of a sexual assault. Ant this is like the catalyst for the whole story – the civility and politeness toward each other, shown by the British and the local people, vanishe and the true feelings and emotions are shown.
For me the main point of interest in this book is the fact that Forster is describing the Muslim society living then in India. Usually when we are reading about the colonial times in the history of this country the stories shown the Hinduism and its believers and here we have the unique possibility to find out something about the lives and believes of other religion group.”
“Dated in that the English no longer are in charge in India, but this book now seems predictable and maybe in its day and even now, showing the Indian caste system and the English who are there lack of knowledge of the culture or country.
Among the greatest novels of the twentieth century and the basis for director David Lean’s Academy Award-winning film, A Passage to India tells of the clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century. In exquisite prose, Forster reveals the menace that lurks just beneath the..surface.”
“Well, that was rather disappointing - a whole long book where nothing really happens. I suppose I can say I have one more classic under my belt, but I don't see me teaching this one any time soon.”Tia M wrote this review Thursday, January 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read this for a class on the Bloomsbury Group and enjoyed it a lot.”Joni Martin wrote this review Sunday, December 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“listening”judy w wrote this review Monday, November 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This novel has such a wonderful reputation that I approached it with great expectations. After struggling to read almost 75% of it, I'm putting it back on the shelf for another day . . .”Lady Dixie wrote this review Tuesday, September 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“tired race relations dog-and-pony tripe filled out with the most boring and intermittently flowery prose ever, wow, awesome, would read again. literally the first third or so of this book has no reason to exist”Alex Robertson wrote this review Tuesday, August 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“East is East and West is West,
And never the twain shall meet.”
“Not my favourite read but interesting for the characterization & the social scene.”Coalbanks wrote this review Monday, August 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5 STARS A great read - takes place a few decades before India's independence from the British. A English woman accuses an Indian man of rape. Even though she is not a racist and was friendly with this man when she befalls to violence she accuses one of them. I enjoyed both the movie and book and found it scary how misunderstandings can cause such turmoil.”Kris wrote this review Wednesday, November 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No