A Passage to India (Paperback)

Author: Forster, E. M.

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Publisher Transaction Pub Large Print
Mfg Part# 9781412812917
SKU 211699773
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1412812917
Release Date 8/5/2009
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E. M. Forster
E. M. Forster's father died when he was a baby, and he was raised in an English country village by his mother and various female relatives. At Kings College, Cambridge, he discovered his homosexuality and became a member of the Apostles, in which he met Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes, and Roger Fry--the foundations of what is known as the Bloomsbury Group, of which Forster also became a member. Thanks to a legacy from a great-aunt, Forster was able to support himself and also to travel widely in Italy, Austria, and Greece--places that would become useful to him as a writer. Between 1903 and 1910 he wrote his four "Edwardian" works--the novels that have gained him wide acclaim as a delineator of English upper-middle-class lives and manners. His 1912 trip to India inspired his masterpiece, A PASSAGE TO INDIA. He stopped writing fiction after World War II (in which he was a prominent pacifist), except for MAURICE, his posthumously published novel that dealt overtly with homosexuality. In addition to his fiction and essays, Forster is also the author of the influential ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL, in which he emphasized the novel's value as a mirror of human experience. Forster became a fellow of King's College and lived there until just before his death of a massive stroke at the age of 81.
"Mr. E. M. Forster is indubitably one of the finest novelists living in England today, and 'A Passage to India' is one of the saddest, keenest, most beautifully written ironic novels of the time. Saying so much one is forced to say much more, for Mr. Forster's quality is unique....Certain obvious words suggest themselves as descriptive of this book and among them are 'subtle' and 'acute.' But they are not exact enough to describe that peculiar cool, clarified exposition that seems to miss nothing and that is so impregnated with unexplainable implications....Certainly 'A Passage to India' should greatly widen that rather small audience that has relished his novels in the past. And that rather small audience should congratulate itself on its acumen."
"The novel is a triumph of the humanistic spirit....It is also a work of art exquisite rather than profound. Last of all, it is a peculiarly valuable picture of the state of India seen through a very...courageous intelligence."
"An exceptional novel...in which nothing, absolutely nothing, is said as anyone else would say it....This novel is one of the great literary victories over the inherent commonplaceness of words--a triumphant escape from the stereotyped."
From the Publisher
First Line Except for the Marabar Caves--and they are twenty miles off--the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary.
Editors Note This ironic and compassionate novel addresses the difficulties of friendship between the races in British-ruled India. A Passage to India is a complex, beautifully rendered story of how a young Englishwoman's hallucination that she has been assaulted by a friendly young Indian doctor in an ancient cave gives rise to racial hysteria. This subtle and affecting novel is noted for its strong mystical overtones; it was Forster's last and greatest work and remains a guide to understanding Indian civiliation.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0377
Publisher Transaction Large Print

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