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    A Passage to India

    Since this is the general discussion place and there is no Literature site here, I thought I'd ask my question here. Have any of you here read the novel "A Passage to India" by E.M. Forster and if so, what did you guys think about it? How do you feel he portrayed the Indian characters, in particular the Indian Muslim characters?

    Thanks in advance. This is pretty important for this essay I'm writing so I'd be grateful if any of you can help - just give your opinions.

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    Nilofer

    #2
    I read that novel 7-8 years back. I remember only the mystifying effects in caves and didn't remember if muslims were targeted or not. Would read again. There is a movie adapted on the novel.

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      #3
      The book was my setwork in school 2 years ago. I really enjoyed it but surprisingly I was the only one out of 60 students who actually did! I read the book twice!

      Okay, I'll try and remember as much as I can, I do remember quite a bit because we studied it in great detail. Ask me any questions you might have.

      According to my teacher, Hinduism is glorified in the book and considered much better than Islam - that kind of pissed me off because I didn't see that reflection. I think the main character (I forget his name) and the English dude had a thing for each other, the author of the book was gay so you see a reflection in the relationships between men.

      As for the caves, Adela Quested was probably hallucinating, the whole mystifying atmosphere kind of got to her!

      I don't know if this helps, but if you have any questions ask away!!
      A samurai bares no sign of weakness, even when dying of hunger.

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        #4
        I personally enjoyed the book. I think it was more of an idea into inter-racial friendship (however radical at the time of British India) that Forster dealt with. I think all the characters, Ms. Quested?? Dr. Aziz etc were fairly introvert yet open to trying on meaningful association and social intimacy. One should not forget when the book was written, looking for anti-or pro-Islamic solicit should not be a reason to read good writings.

        What I find annoying is that in every city of the west, one can find a restaurant named after the book. It belittles literary denotation.

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          #5
          This has moved to the Arts & Culture Section.
          Literature does fall under that category.
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            #6
            Thanks for the replies! Cat-woman, I know, I love the book as well and am the only one in my entire class who does! It's just a fascinating read, I luv it every time I read it. Thanks for your input - I read this really interesting article which holds the view that Forster preferred Islam to Hinduasm and shows this in his novel and the author has interesting quotes to support this but this sure is a debatable topic. Basically it's the way you look at the main Hindu character in the novel, Godbole!

            Anyway, I'm getting away from the topic. To NYAhmadi, the reason I'm asking the question has absolutely nothing to do with what I believe is true or that the book should not be read because maybe of some pro or anti Islamic comments. In fact this is the very comment I mean to make in the conclusion of my essay - that in the end it doesn't matter what Forster's personal opinions were but that 'A Passage to India' is a fascinating, well written book which made some great points. My essay however is based on two books (one of which is this one) and it is about the portrayal of characters of one culture by an author of another . . an analysis, but I did feel maybe I could add some personal bit into it so I could get a feel of what the general people felt (esp. those of the culture being discussed) about the portrayal.

            Anyway, I'm in a hurry so I hope I did make sense up there! Thanks for your help!

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            Nilofer

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