A Passage to India (Paperback)
|Author: E. M. Forster|
From the Publisher:
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.
"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." - Herbert S. Gorman 08/17/1924 Nation
"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." - Edwin Muir 10/08/1924 North American Review
"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." - C. H. Gaines December 1924