A Passage to India
by E M Forster
Its description of India – not only of the landscape but of the relations between Indians and Europeans – makes it one of the great colonial novels
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“One of the novel’s strengths is that it’s not polemical. It’s very clear that Forster disapproved of colonial rule, but he doesn’t paint a caricature of brutal Brits and Indian victims. It’s much more subtle than that. The character of Cyril Fielding, the young Englishman full of goodwill, is true to life in that a lot of British people in India at the time did a lot of good – but in the end it was the system that was the problem.” Read more...
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