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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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.
"Amazing novel, good performance"
Loved it, an elegantly written account of human misunderstandings and intercultural exchange. Forster is again fantastic and this performance just lets it speak for itself
"A wonderfully crafted story, wrought in beautiful prose"
The last peaceful days of the British Raj is the pretext, but the language and imagery is what makes this book unforgettable.
The last 12 chapter endings all could easily have ended the book. Poignant, and emotive.
"Absolute classic still relevant"
I love books with a great sense of place and time. So this fulfilled that requirement completely.
It is a complex neuanced narrative with a strong political and social agenda.
I rather liked the David Lean film and had those characterizations in mind
On reflection the narrators remarkable performance was in closer keeping with the book.
Completely satisfying if uncomfortable read highly recommended.
"Good story, some poor quality recording"
Good story and performance, let down by some fuzzy recording quality here and there. Very noticeable through headphones. If you're listening on speakers it's less noticeable.
"Overall a very good read."
For a long while it seemed the story line was going no where and nearly gave up, however, the remainder I found compulsive listening listening wrapped up in the tension between India and the British at that time,
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