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There's a reason why books are classics. To quote Wikipedia, "A Passage to India" "was selected as [25th] of the 100 great works of English literature by the Modern Library and ...Time magazine included the novel in its...100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005." It's a novel inextricably bound up in the time and place of colonial India, yet absolutely timeless in its compassionate insights into the human character. The meaning of the title may be understood on many different levels. The skillful narration enriches the listening experience. I would give this book 10 stars if I could--it stands in a category by itself. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
As with all EM Forsters works, the language and descriptions took me to another time and place. Whilst some of the reading was a little too heavily accented to be pleasant listening the reading style in general was perfect, languid where necessary, excited as needed to convey this wonderful novel. The underlying political message was not lost.
This audio book has lived up to my expectation for it. I had found it a difficult book to read so have enjoyed the experience of having it read to me. Sam Dastor does an amazing job of reading all the different characters.
E. M. Forster's haunting masterpiece is given a poor performance here.
The passages of narration are fine, but character voices are exaggerated to the point of caricature. It is impossible to take them seriously. Yet this is the antithesis of the wonderfully "round" characterization at which Forster so excelled.
Find another performance or read the book in print rather than listening to this version.
The narrator's heavy Indian accent that he applied to the various characters was VERY hard to understand. For that reason I didn't finish the book
Quintessential modernist text--Forester deals artfully with British colonialism in India, managing to paint both the Indians and the English sympathetically. Most of the characters are full and dynamic. Anchoring the story in the friendship of Mrs. Moore (an elderly woman) and Dr. Aziz (a widower) begins the story's exploration of the power of relationships and the difficulty of forming and sustaining "intimate" relationships. A Passage to India is a moving story the lure of power and about the difficulty of knowing another.
Howard's End--just another excellent Forster text, dealing with some of the same issues of disconnectedness.
When Aziz first met Mrs. Moore.
A quest for identity set in the heat and beauty of India...
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's a mysterious quality to A Passage to India, an atmosphere that, even today, is unique to India.
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.
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.
No, it is the kind of book you want to draw out slowly to appreciate the writing.
One of my favorites written, well done by Audible.
Something happen. Occasionally there was a subtlety described that was entertaining, but for the most part it was just endless conversations between irritating personalities.
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.
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