Penguin Classics Passage To India

Paperback | August 30, 2005

byE M ForsterForeword byPankaj MishraEditorOliver Stallybrass

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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' 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

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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 'Ang...

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When Adela and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced British community. Determined to 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...

Pankaj Mishra is the author of From the Ruins of Empire and several other books. He is a columnist at Bloomberg View and the New York Times Book Review, and writes regularly for The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and The New Yorker. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:August 30, 2005Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing book Considered Forster's best novel, "Passage.." is best read with a little background reading about the British Raj and racial relations between colonial Brits and the Indian population. It is a rich book and worth a close reading. The author's style is sometimes difficult as there are many cross-references to previous conversations. The list of characters is also long. I found this disconcerting at first but did get the rhythmn. "Passage to India" deals with social relationships and cultural norms. Its subject matter is like that of Jane Austen in that both novelists are masterly at their craft and there is nuanced humour in both. I had "Passage to India" years ago and I 'm glad I recently made its reacquaintenance.
Date published: 2010-06-09