Monday, August 17, 2009

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

I finished this book while we were in Colorado, but I've just now figured out what I want to say about it. I found it to be an interesting, but somewhat disappointing, book. A British woman goes to India to decide whether to marry a governmental official. She journeys with the official's mother. Her desire is to get to know the real India. She meets an Indian man who takes her and her party to the Marabar Caves, where she is accosted in one of the caves. She believes her guide is guilty of the offense and has him arrested. The parts dealing with the British attitudes towards the Indian people were excellent, and the middle section about the incident at the caves and the aftermath were very interesting, but the first section (setting the scene) I found to be very slow, and I was disappointed in the final section, set a few years later. Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 5.

1 comment:

dshreve said...

Thanks for the review. I'm destined to read this book as it is one of The Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century. Having a love affair with the English, will help.