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Passage to India
     

Passage to India

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by E. M. Forster, Frederick Davidson (Read by)
 

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Just below the surface of everyday life crouches the menace of misunderstanding. A common one springs up, then explodes into a destructive affair as cultures clash in turn-of-the-century British India.

Delicate crafting, delicious prose and a biting irony help tell this classic tale, ranked among the greatest novels of the century.

"The crystal clear portraiture,

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Just below the surface of everyday life crouches the menace of misunderstanding. A common one springs up, then explodes into a destructive affair as cultures clash in turn-of-the-century British India.

Delicate crafting, delicious prose and a biting irony help tell this classic tale, ranked among the greatest novels of the century.

"The crystal clear portraiture, the delicate conveying of nuances of thought and life, and the astonishing command of the medium show Mr. Forster at the height of his powers." (The New York Times)

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Herbert S. Gorman
A single reading of A Passage to India settles the question. Mr. E. M. Forster is indubitably one of the finest novelists living in England today, and A Passage to India is one of the saddest, keenest, most beautifully written ironic novels of the time. . . . [It] is both a challenge and an indictment. It is also a revelation. -- Books of the Century; New York Times review, August 1924
Library Journal
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From the Publisher
A Passage to India is one of the great books of the twentieth century and has had enormous influence. We need its message of tolerance and understanding now more than ever. Forster was years ahead of his time, and we ought to try to catch up with him.” –Margaret Drabble

“The crystal clear portraiture, the delicate conveying of nuances of thought and life, and the astonishing command of his medium show Forster at the height of his powers.” –The New York Times

“[Forster is] a supreme storyteller . . . The novel seems to me more completely ‘achieved’ than anything else he wrote.” –from the new Introduction by P. N. Furbank

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786181612
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.61(d)

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Margaret Drabble
A Passage to India is one of the great books of the twentieth century and has had enormous influence. We need its message of tolerance and understanding now more than ever. Forster was years ahead of his time, and we ought to try to catch up with him.

Meet the Author

Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879, 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 Fellowship in 1946. He declared that his life as a whole had not been dramatic, and he was unfailingly modest about his achievements. Interviewed by the BBC on his eightieth birthday, he said: ‘I have not written as much as I’d like to . . . I write for two reasons: partly to make money and partly to win the respect of people whom I respect . . . I had better add that I am quite sure I am not a great novelist.’ Eminent critics and the general public have judged otherwise and in his obituary The Times called him ‘one of the most esteemed English novelists of his time’.He wrote six novels, four of which appeared before the First World War, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), and Howard’s End (1910). An interval of fourteen years elapsed before he published A Passage to India. It won both the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Maurice, his novel on a homosexual theme, finished in 1914, was published posthumously in 1971. He also published two volumes of short stories; two collections of essays; a critical work, Aspects of the Novel; The Hill of Devi, a fascinating record of two visits Forster made to the Indian State of Dewas Senior; two biographies; two books about Alexandria (where he worked for the Red Cross in the First World War); and, with Eric Crozier, the libretto for Britten’s opera Billy Budd. He died in June 1970.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 1, 1879
Date of Death:
June 7, 1970
Place of Birth:
London
Place of Death:
Coventry, England
Education:
B. A. in classics, King's College, Cambridge, 1900; B. A. in history, 1901; M.A., 1910

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A Passage to India 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is just a bad port from the original book. It has many punctuation and grammer issues from start to finish. Good content though.
Anchoress More than 1 year ago
A Passage To India, is one of the reasons I enjoy reading classical literature. Edmund Morgan Forster gives the reader a glimpse into British imperialism at its finest in this great work of art. Go deep into the Indian and British-Indian cultures, in A Passage To India, and find out how a simple daytime outing turns into an event that pits the Indian culture and the British-Indian culture strongly against each other. In this exciting, detailed, classic adventure, find out what happens in the Marabar caves that causes such a tense cultural upheaval in Chandrapore, that pits the Indians against the British.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Passage to India, but it was a difficult read. Many different cultures, religions and attitudes are constantly clashing against each other. At first it seems like interwoven random thoughts, but I began to realize this was a brilliant way to reflect the conditions in India during that time. Luckily, I was able to read this on the Nook, with a great dictionary and internet access to help me with all the foreign words and history background. Need a grasp of Hindu and Buddaism to really appreciate this book. Stays with you a long time after you finish the last page.
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Bjpiam More than 1 year ago
Although this book may have been a literary classic, I found it very diffucult to follow. I would not recommend it!
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