Exploring issues of colonialism, faith and the limits of comprehension, E.M. Forster's "A Passage to India" is edited by Oliver Stallybrass, with an introduction by Pankaj Mishra. When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced 'Anglo-Indian' ...Read MoreExploring issues of colonialism, faith and the limits of comprehension, E.M. Forster's "A Passage to India" is edited by Oliver Stallybrass, with an introduction by Pankaj Mishra. When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced 'Anglo-Indian' community. Determined to escape the parochial English enclave and explore the 'real India', they seek the guidance of the charming and mercurial Dr Aziz, a cultivated Indian Muslim. But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar caves with Aziz, and the well-respected doctor soon finds himself at the centre of a scandal that rouses violent passions among both the British and their Indian subjects. A masterly portrait of a society in the grip of imperialism, "A Passage to India" compellingly depicts the fate of individuals caught between the great political and cultural conflicts of the modern world. In his introduction, Pankaj Mishra outlines Forster's complex engagement with Indian society and culture. This edition reproduces the Abinger text and notes, and also includes four of Forster's essays on India, a chronology and further reading. E. M. Forster (1879-1970) was a noted English author and critic and a member of the Bloomsbury group. His first novel, "Where Angels Fear To Tread" appeared in 1905. "The Longest Journey" appeared in 1907, followed by "A Room With A View" (1908), based partly on the material from extended holidays in Italy with his mother. "Howards End" (1910) was a story that centred on an English country house and dealt with the clash between two families, one interested in art and literature, the other only in business. Maurice was revised several times during his life, and finally published posthumously in 1971. If you enjoyed "A Passage to India", you might like Rudyard Kipling's "Kim", also available in "Penguin Classics". "His great book...masterly in its presence and its lucidity". (Anita Desai).Read Less
Fair. Book is in overall good condition. There is a light pink stain on the right edge of the book. Cover shows some edge wear and corners are lightly worn. Pages have a minimal to moderate amount of markings. FAST SHIPPING W/USPS TRACKING! ! !
Forster's novel about the British in India during the 1920's and what happens when Mrs. Moore & Miss Quested come for a visit. Made into a memorable film by David Lean (his last) which is a critical and popular hit with movie audiences. Nominated for many Oscars including Picture & director. The great actress Peggy Ashcroft won a well deserved Supporting Actress Oscar. This copy with a lovely George Salter cover is in near fine condition with the usual tonning to the cheap paper used. Near fine.
Fair. No Dustjacket. 1957. 336 pages. No dust jacket. Green boards with gilt. Ex-library with associated stamps, pages and text block lightly tanned with some foxing but otherwise clean. Moderate edge wear to boards with corner bumping, marks on boards and rubbing on spine.
Good. GOOD. Black and red illustrated paperback, bagged for protection with a stiff backing board, faded covers, spine lean/roll, creases to corners, rub wear to edges, browning and brittle pages, ink name fly page. Once Read Books, cover scan available-just ask, OnceReadBooks comOrders shipped via USPS.
Fine. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 317 pages. 'That Marabar Case' was an event which threw the city of Chandrapore. into a fever of racial feeling. Miss Quested, on a visit from England to the man she expected to marry, showed an interest in Indian ways of life which was frowned upon by the sun-baked British community. And the prejudice which most of them felt and expressed against any social contacts between the British and the Indians appeared, at first, to be justified when she returned, alone and distressed, from an excursion to the caves in the company of a young Indian doctor. He was arrested on a charge of attempted assault, but when the case came to trial Miss Quested withdrew her accusation and the doctor was set free. Was she the victim of an hallucination, a complex, an unidentified intruder, or what? In this dramatic story E. M. Forster depicts, with sympathy and discernment, the complicated Oriental reaction to British rule in India, and reveals the conflict of temperament and tradition involved in that relationship. The cover shows Indore, Central India, where, a stone bridge spans the river Soor, from a drawing by William Simpson in India, Ancient and Modern by permission of the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (photo Rodney Todd-White)
When two totally different cultures collide there is bound to be some fall-out and Dr. Aziz got it.
Feb 24, 2011
Must read classic
An exceptional early 20th century classic. Forster points out the prejudice and racial tension of British colonial India. The reader may find early on some difficulty with some of the Indian terms.A little research will make the rest of book easier to read.
Forster's novel was influential for support of India's independence from Britain,which finally happened in 1947.Now I want to see the Academy Award winning movie.
May 25, 2009
It's good. Chapter 7 is especally so. The audiobook reading by Kate Reading is the best of the available versions.
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