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A Passage to India | [E. M. Forster]

A Passage to India

Dr Aziz is a young Muslim physician in the British Indian town of Chandrapore. One evening he comes across an English woman, Mrs Moore, in the courtyard of a local mosque; she and her younger travelling companion Adela are disappointed by claustrophobic British colonial culture and wish to see something of the 'real' India. But when Aziz kindly offers to take them on a tour of the Marabar caves, the trip results in a shocking accusation that throws Chandrapore into a fever of racial tension.
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Dr Aziz is a young Muslim physician in the British Indian town of Chandrapore. One evening he comes across an English woman, Mrs Moore, in the courtyard of a local mosque; she and her younger travelling companion Adela are disappointed by claustrophobic British colonial culture and wish to see something of the 'real' India. But when Aziz kindly offers to take them on a tour of the Marabar caves with his close friend Cyril Fielding, the trip results in a shocking accusation that throws Chandrapore into a fever of racial tension.

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    Caroline D. Hayes Columbia, SC USA 04-10-15
    Caroline D. Hayes Columbia, SC USA 04-10-15 Member Since 2013

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    "No words can describe how good this piece is..."

    Read and judge for yourself. A classic. A must read. So culturally relevant even today. It has filled my heart with joy. Must look into more books by Forster.

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    Barbara Clark 03-28-15
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    "Well done."

    Excellent narrator. Wide-ranging cultural exploration. Wish it could be assigned at high school and again at college level for study and discussion.

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    Matthew 03-10-15
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    "Excellently read...story leaves much to be desired"

    Even though it's a classic, this story is weak in my opinion. Perhaps it's too old to relate to today.

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    Derek Reinbold 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic"

    The book is a classic and I enjoyed the narration overall, but Dastor's women can have a very annoying tone to them. Small quibble but nonetheless.

    As for the writing, I found Forster's imagery particularly compelling; he writes long discursive passages that are really quite beautiful. The story does have a strange sort of racial tone to the modern ear but I'm sure it was progressive for its age.

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    HomeIsARetreat Mom 01-13-15
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    "Beautiful story of India"

    Enjoyed this book immensely! We listened to it together as a family as part of our son's Classical Conversations Challenge 2 curriculum...

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    Stephen 05-26-14
    Stephen 05-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    I recommend this production.

    Story: This is a classic so I will not comment on style. I enjoyed this slice of history, Anglo-India prior to WWII. Although the actual story was merely a short period overall, it was an intersection drama; the intersection of peoples' life in time. For this two items, I enjoyed the story.

    Production: The reader was excellent. I found his females and non-English males very convincing.

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    Reid's Reads New York City 09-23-13
    Reid's Reads New York City 09-23-13 Member Since 2015

    Retired librarian, avid reader.

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    "Echoes of India and the British Empire"
    Where does A Passage to India rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Despite a technical snafu in an early chapter, this ranks high among my many listens, quite enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Passage to India?

    The trial, the whole of the proceedings before, during, and after, the injustice and prejudice, the internal thoughts of each of the principals -- all of that section was quite unforgettable.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Dastor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Although I have two other books with Mr. Dastor's narrations in my library, this is my first listen. His characterizations, especially of the Indian voices, are first rate.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship between Dr. Aziz and Mrs Moore, starting with their meeting in the temple, and the extensive and thoughtful preparations Dr. Aziz made for the excursion to the caves, were very touching moments that explored the internal aspects of these two main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I'm quite fond of Howard's End, this comes in a close second among Forster's works.

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    Carol 09-22-13
    Carol 09-22-13
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    "Engrossing story and very well-narrated."
    Where does A Passage to India rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the very top


    What did you like best about this story?

    It captured a time in India in a timeless way -- aspects of the story resonate today.


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He captured the "voices" of the characters in a very believable and entertaining way.


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    KS 08-10-13
    KS 08-10-13
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    "Perfect Rendition"
    What did you love best about A Passage to India?

    Forster's sensitive and profound penetration into early 20th century India with both the ironical detachment of the modern and the emotional engagement of the subject Indian. Fully considerate of several perspectives of civilization, history, religion, and sex, it is perfectly rendered by Sam Dastor's narration, which with its dynamics, multiple Indian characterizations, male and female intonations, and varying British accents, brings it to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't really have a favorite character since the author compels me to appreciate every character in his or her own psychological space and limitation. A perfectly contrasting couple are the two main characters, Aziz and Fielding. Mrs. Moore is a unique and mysterious spiritual character, an English old lady with an older and wiser soul than the rational English could understand-and who becomes a spiritual figurehead for the Indians.


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a variety of English and Indian voices in his stock, some old and feeble, some dry and sober, some young, some ingratiating and servile,some mean and domineering, some snobbish--as good as an excellent movie.His soft, even-tempered voicing of Forster's narration (when not in dialogue)allows the listener to consider the author's social and religious commentaryas well as hear some wonderous passages of descriptive poetry.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I wanted to savor it in its several parts and let the meaning of every scene sink in well enough before moving on to the next.


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    Joan Melbourne, Australia 03-04-13
    Joan Melbourne, Australia 03-04-13
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    "Value for money - a classic to enjoy over again"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    E.M. Forster's famous novel is a fascinating and alluring drama of race relations in India under the Raj. It depicts the power and prejudice of the ruling white class, and what happens when Adela Quested, fresh from England, seeks to experience the 'real India' and socialise with Hindu and Muslim men and women. It's an unforgettable portrait of India under the Raj and the political tensions which ultimately led to Indian independence.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I personally liked the open minded school teacher, Fielding, who was an outcast from the British Club because of his unorthodox attitudes. He stood by his Indian friend, Aziz - who was accused of rape - despite misunderstandings in their relationship.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Dastor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm currently listening to Sam Dastor's reading of The Raj Quartet. Sam does a wonderful job of all the characters in the Raj Quartet, even better than in the A Passage to India.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I watched the film A Passage to India immediately after listening to Sam Dastor' reading, and it was fun seeing the story come to life on the screen. The film was a Merchant Ivory production, and of very high quality. I enjoyed spotting the differences between the two versions.


    Any additional comments?

    There's a mysterious quality to A Passage to India, an atmosphere that, even today, is unique to India.

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