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

A Passage to India

What really happened to Miss Quested in the Marabar Caves? This tantalising question provides the intense drama of racial tension at the centre of Foster's last and greatest novel.
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What really happened to Miss Quested in the Marabar Caves? This tantalising question provides the intense drama of racial tension at the centre of Foster's last and greatest novel.

©2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Brenda FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States 09-22-13
    Brenda FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States 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 Algonquin, IL, United States 08-10-13
    KS Algonquin, IL, United States 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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    Elizabeth United States 02-15-13
    Elizabeth United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010

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    "A must read classic rendered very well"
    What made the experience of listening to A Passage to India the most enjoyable?

    Author's ability NOT to interfere with the writing if that makes sense. He has to do an Indian accent but if not perfect it isn't too bad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is great, lyrical writing; it is still topical in terms of colonialism /imperialism and race relations; part of it is a gripping legal thriller.


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

    No, it is the kind of book you want to draw out slowly to appreciate the writing.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorites written, well done by Audible.

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    CK Cole 06-02-12
    CK Cole 06-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Like watching paint dry."
    What would have made A Passage to India better?

    Something happen. Occasionally there was a subtlety described that was entertaining, but for the most part it was just endless conversations between irritating personalities.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sam Dastor?

    No idea, but I found all of the voices irritating and I was still confused about who was who. Good voices, very talented in that regard.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


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