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 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.
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Sam Dastor's skill in narration & accents really made this story interesting. The story itself got better as it progressed. Very well done, so much so that I was anxious to know what was going to happen to the characters brought alive by Sam Dastor, so stayed with it until the end.
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.
Hold advanced degrees in psychology and psychoanalysis. President Clark Institute. Counseling Adults, Couples, and National Education Events
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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