This is a masterfully crafted novel by a magnificent writer, as I have said in my last two reviews. The writing is perfect. For myself, and it is just me, the story just began slow; I couldn't get into it until the last half when Aziz is charged with sexual assault by Miss Quested. That's when the suspense churned and I found traction. But looking back this is a really a fine novel. Not a spy novel suspense level novel or a mystery or a crime novel but a well written classic novel. One will come away improved by it.
Loved the narration, with all the accents and easily identifiable characters. Unfortunately, the story was slow and did not pull me in.
This is a very good book but it's not Atlas Shrugged, The Great Gatsby, Sons and Lovers, To Kill a Mockingbird...etc.
It was on my bucket listening list. Check, Done
I really enjoyed the portrayal of different cultures-- English vs. Indian-- and the character development throughout the story. A great novel about cultures, friendships and relationships.
Forster, in A Passage to India, has that rare grasp of language that catches one's breath. It is beauty and pathos and longing. His precise choice of metaphor, of adjective leaves one with the sense that yes, that was just the right word. It captures the thing exactly. His style is an echo from beyond. Pity that he never personally found its Source. Exquisitely read by Dastor.
Although this book is considered a classic, I find there are too many characters and details, and it is drawn out longer than necessary. The story was not as engaging as I had hoped. Those who appreciate slow and nuanced character development may appreciate it more than I did.
Boston to Basel
Yes. The lyrical quality of Forster's prose combined with the skills of Mr Dastor make this book a real treat.
I read and enjoyed this book many years ago, but Mr Dastor's narration made the book new for me. He perfectly captured the various characters and the clash of cultures. Mr Dostal's ability to give pitch perfect voices to male and female English and Indian characters was impressive.
"I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way." - Jane Austen
I love E.M. Forster's writing style--clear, distinct, and powerful. He has an amazing way of writing about an extremely complex situation in an understandable way.
I found the narrator's character voices to be clear and easy to understand. This is a good recording.