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The Resource A Passage to India

A Passage to India

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A Passage to India
Title
A Passage to India
Statement of responsibility
E.M. Forster
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eng
Summary
E. M. Forster's 1924 masterpiece, A Passage to India, is a novel that tackles the thorny notions of preconceptions and misconceptions through characters' desire to overcome the barrier that divides East and West in colonial India. Here we see the limits of liberal tolerance, good intentions, and good will as we try to sort through the common problems that exist between two very different cultures. But Forster's India is a country where the English and Indians stare at each other across a cultural divide and a history of imbalanced power relations, mutual suspicion, and ill will. A fresh reader must wonder whether connection is possible at all.A Passage to India begins simply enough: with people genuinely desiring to connect and to overcome the stereotypes and biases that have divided the two cultures. Mrs. Moore accompanies her future daughter-in-law, Adela Quested, to India where both are to meet Mrs. Moore's son Ronny, the City Magistrate. From the outset, Adela makes it clear that she wishes to see the "real India" and Mrs. Moore soon befriends and Indian doctor named Aziz. Cyril Fielding, an Englishman and the principal of a local government college, soon becomes acquainted with everyone and it is his tenuous friendship with the Indian Dr. Aziz that really constitutes the backbone of this novel.While it is true that the primary characters take great pains to accept and embrace difference, their misunderstanding, fear and ignorance made that connection far more difficult than they expected. Getting to know the "real" India proves to be a daunting and challenging task. The bulk of this perhaps falls to Dr. Aziz, who soon learns that the indignities of life under British rule and the insults—unintentional and intentional—of his English acquaintances make him suspect that although genuine friendship may be desired, the two cultures are not yet ready
Summary
Two women come to Chandrapore, India, and their lack of understanding of the culture causes one of them to make an unjust accusation
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Award
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, 1924.
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002535
Cataloging source
DLC
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1879-1970
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forster, E. M
Dewey number
823.912
Index
no index present
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950
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
A Passage to India
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:8cdf7441-0885-4392-817c-b5637f4a3544
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780795311550
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
A Passage to India
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:8cdf7441-0885-4392-817c-b5637f4a3544
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780795311550
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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