15 Sep 2012

A Passage to India - E.M.Forster

*Firstly, just wanted to say that a book review may look a bit odd cropping up on my blog, and if you have no interest at all just skip this post and others in the future, because I'm sure it's not to everyone's taste! This is another facet to my personality that I would like to express through hellochloerose and hope some people find it vaguely interesting.*

Background: A Passage to India (1924) is a novel by E.M.Forster set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement in the 1920s. [Wikipedia]

First confession, I bought this book because I fell in love with the cover. Second confession, it took me a while to finish it and I will tell you why. As fantastic and rich as a novel like A Passage to India is, it will only give you this experience if you persevere with it. Actually, in my own personal experience the story is the same with many of the classics, the narrative and language is often so dense it's hard to capture the reason why they are 'classic'. But I find that once I've slogged through the first chapter or so, it is like I'm on a speeding train that I need to keep fuelling. Anyone interested in writing will love this work because the symbolism achieved through language is profound and moving. But equally Forster portrays the struggle (in every imaginable way) between two opposing cultures, that I think reflects our contemporary time. The fight between British rule and India in the 1920s may seem outdated but I saw elements of this novel every time I watched the news where cultural division in some way or another effects world events. So, read if you're up for a challenge, but a more lasting reward at the end. 
What is your impression of A Passage to India or my review in general? 


  1. Ooh, please do more book reviews, this one is great :)

    Pip x

    1. Thankyou, I'm so glad you like it, I was worried it was a bit off topic to the rest of the posts!