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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 masterful 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


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    “Adventures do occur but not punctually Life rarely gives us what we want at the moment we consider appropriate” Illustrations from the Folio Edition by Ian RibbonsAdela Quested and Mrs Moore have journeyed to India with the intention of arranging a marriage between Adela and Mrs Moore’s son Ronny Heaslop He is the British magistrate of the city of Chandrapore He is imperial much so than when Adela knew him in England ”India had developed sides of his character that she had never admired His self complacency his censoriousness his lack of subtlety all grew vivid beneath a tropic sky he seemed indifferent than of old to what was passing in the minds of his fellows certain that he was right about them or that if he was wrong it didn’t matter” My impression is that Heaslop may have been elevated rather quickly and had no time to develop his own ideas of the way things were in India but simply borrowed the established views of the senior British officials in India In this new role he was required to play he is a very different person than the young lad that Adela knew in England She had decided to break off the engagement and then fate intercedes with a near death experience that allows her to see Heaslop in a different light The engagement is back on “Sometimes I think too much fuss is made about marriage Century after century of carnal embracement and we're still no nearer to understanding one another” It is always interesting to listen to people talk about marriage Sometimes people can be too cerebral and talk themselves out of a perfectly acceptable relationship Others give the commitment of marriage the same amount of thought as they do to deciding what they want for lunch Arranged marriages used to work perfectly well simply because they were an alliance usually involving money and future offspring We decided at some point that romance was the elixir that we must desire the most in a relationship Divorce rates have skyrocketed and most people are not any happier than when marriages were arranged for them by their relatives but free will has given people the idea that happiness can be achieved if they can just find that right person It is always better to own your unhappiness or happiness instead of having it decided for you Adela is not very pretty but she does have some money Heaslop seems rather indifferent about the whole arrangement Yes he wants the marriage but for fulfilling a necessary obligation The sooner it is settled the sooner he can move on to other things of importance Adela is trying to decide whether to accept this situation or wait to see if their is a better one on the horizon Dr Aziz meets Mrs Moore by chance in a mosque and though their meeting is rocky in the beginning a friendship quickly blossoms Adela wants to see the real India by well interacting with real Indians A meeting is arranged with Dr Aziz and in the course of their conversations with one another Aziz extends an invitation to take them on a journey to see the Marabar Caves This is one of those invitations that are extended as a courtesy during a party that are never expected to be fulfilled To his horror he discovers a few days later through an intermediary that the women fully expect him to take them to the caves At great expense to himself he arranges this outing Aziz has always been a friend of the British in fact one of his best friends is a British teacher named Cyril Fielding He had arranged for Fielding and another friend to go with them on this journey to provide the much needed cultural bridge between him and the ladies His friends miss the train Disaster looms Aziz is accused of physically assaulting Adela in one of the caves Ridiculous Fielding says Of course he attacked her the British community insists All these brutes desire our women As events unfold it becomes and unclear as to what really happened but even as doubt is raised the Colonialists continue to believe that Aziz is guilty He must be guiltyThis is considered E M Forster’s masterpiece and lands on most top 100 books of all time lists I personally did not enjoy this book as much as I have some of his other books but because of the subject matter of this book and when it was published I fully understand why people look on this novel as his most significant book He was poking a finger in the eye of his own government and their insistence on continuing to try to rule the world with brutality laced with blatant racism I can see the men who returned triumphantly from their postings abroad sitting around their clubs back in London angrily discussing this book I won’t tell you what happened to Adela or what happened to Aziz but tragically there was a realignment of thought for both of them Adela never wanted to see India again Aziz never wanted to see an Englishmanwoman again In fact for the first time he feels at peace with who he is”I am an Indian at last”If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook 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