2010: 91.  A Passage to India

“Except for the Marabar Caves - and they are twenty miles off - the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary.”

A Passage to India, E.M. Forster

           I re-read all the Forster on the Modern Library list in one fell swoop, and found myself remembering just how much I love his work.  But, that having been said, I cannot say that I love A Passage to India the way I love A Room With a View and Howards End.  I appreciate A Passage to India - I think it is a very well written and insightful book, and I like how honest it is, and how it manages to capture the relationships between Indians and English without making either side into villains - or heros.  Both sides are just imperfect humans, flawed and with grace.  But the story itself is about too sad a subject - the inability of the English to treat the conquered Indians with dignity, for me to really love it.  It’s depressing, that’s what.  So I appreciate but do not love.

         Another funny thing about India, is that I read this book in college, and evidently wrote a paper about the gender roles therein, because my copy has every possible comment about women underlined, with little !! in some points. I don’t know what my paper was about - I sort of remember getting an A-, but it seems from my margin comments that it was nasty at Forster’s expense, and thus, I think, completely missed the point of the novel.  Ah, youth! `

Categories:  Re-Read, Fiction, Modern Library Top 100

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