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Make no mistake This, to me, will always be Forster s magnum opus even though I am yet to even acquaint myself with the synopses of either Howards End or Maurice Maybe it is the handicap of my Indian sentimentality that I cannot remedy on whim to fine tune my capacity for objective assessment But strip away a colonial India from this layered narrative Peel away the British Raj too and the concomitant censure that its historical injustices invite And you will find this to be Forster s unambi Make no mistake This, to me, will always be Forster s magnum opus even though I am yet to even acquaint myself with the synopses of either Howards End or Maurice Maybe it is the handicap of my Indian sentimentality that I cannot remedy on whim to fine tune my capacity for objective assessment But strip away a colonial India from this layered narrative Peel away the British Raj too and the concomitant censure that its historical injustices invite And you will find this to be Forster s unambiguous, lucid vision of humanity languishing in a zone of resentful sociocultural synthesis, his unhesitant condemnation not merely of racism, casteism, religion ism and what other noxious, vindictive ism s we have had throughout the history of our collective existence but of the fatalistic human tendency of rejecting a simple truth in favour of self justifying contrivances.Yes there s the much hyped crime analyzed in the broader context of presupposed guilt and innocence There s the issue of race, class and privilege factoring into the ensuing judicial process The ripples of the eventual fallout of this mishap disrupt the frail status quo that all parties on either side of the race divide were tacitly maintaining so far and pose crucial existential questions before people of all communities Then there are hypocritical Englishmen who cannot choose between preserving the sanctity of the Empire s administrative machinery and upholding their own prejudices And hypocritical Indians who righteously accuse the Englishmen of institutionalized hatred while stringently maintaining their own brand of intolerance But greater than the sum of all these thematic veins is the connecting thread of Forster s sure footed, measured prose which explores not only the inner lives of the central characters but tries to penetrate the heart of a nation state in the making.The India depicted here is a foreign country to me a time and a place yet to be demarcated irreversibly along lines of communal identities that are presently dominating our political rhetoric It is of little appeal to the newly arrived umpteenth Englishman but, nonetheless, presents itself as an amalgamation of unrealized possibilities Not once did my brows knit together in frustration on the discovery of any passage or line even casting a whiff of Forster s bias against the people or the land My senses were stretched taut all the time in an effort to detect any Sure, Dr Aziz is a little infantilized and his importance is sometimes reduced to that of a plot device used for manufacturing the central conflict while Adela Quested, Mrs Moore and Mr Fielding appear before a reader as upright individuals who stand for the truth The other Indian characters seem to be defined by their general pettiness But these imperfect characterizations can bethan forgiven in the light of what Forster does accomplishThe song of the future must transcend creed There are times when the narrator s voice dissects the drama unfolding against unfamiliar Indian landscapes with a kind of fond exasperation and times when it dissolves into a withering regret for the way the engines of civilization continue to trundle along towards some catastrophic destiny without ever pausing for the purpose of self assessment And it is the profound clarity of Forster s worldviews and his sensitivity and forthrightness in deconstructing the enigma of the Orient that elevates his writing even furtherPerhaps life is a mystery, not a muddle they could not tell Perhaps the hundred Indias which fuss and squabble so tiresomely are one, and the universe they mirror is one It s not the handicap of my Indian sentimentality after all Forster sought to extract the kernel of truth buried underneath layers of artifice and his craft could successfully flesh out the blank spaces between that which can be expressed with ease Those are always worthy enough literary achievements in my eyes In a novel with the line a perfectly adjusted organism would be silent it is no surprise that the centre of this cloud of writing is the idea of the difficulty, or the possible impossibility of communication and direct connection between people.Instead understanding has to be intuitive and incommunicable, Mrs Moore knows nothing has happened but can t convince her son, how she knows or how Professor Godbole knows about her and the wasp is unclear and if we don t like telepathy as an answer the In a novel with the line a perfectly adjusted organism would be silent it is no surprise that the centre of this cloud of writing is the idea of the difficulty, or the possible impossibility of communication and direct connection between people.Instead understanding has to be intuitive and incommunicable, Mrs Moore knows nothing has happened but can t convince her son, how she knows or how Professor Godbole knows about her and the wasp is unclear and if we don t like telepathy as an answer then we are best off not asking the question, just as we are best off not asking what, if anything, happened in the Marabar caves Miss Quested experienced something, but even E.M Forster screwed up the draft versions that attempted to give her point of view as that something occurred A clear statement would run counter to the intuitive direction of this novel Nothing can make sense in the unreality of our group think, some alternative means of perception, somethingview spoiler or Moore, then again the name could be meant to suggest Moor as though, admittedly through marriage, she has a non British outlook to start with hide spoiler is required to understand.Miss Quested speaks of wanting to experience the real India, but because she lives, as almost all the characters do, in the world of illusion, her quest will be concluded but the object missed A failed seeker after the Holy Grail view spoiler I wondered if Fieldings name was also meaningful or playful given the references to taking sides hide spoiler In the beginning they were discussing as to whether or no it is possible to be friends with an Englishman p33 view spoiler the answer is no There is the entente cordiale, there is the special relationship and there is the oldest ally No friends hide spoiler As evidence of the potential of intimacy he has shown me his stamp collection p34 I wasn t expecting Forster to have a sense of humour view spoiler I m still smiling and cringing with social embarrassment over Mrs Turton s words of welcome in Urdu She had learned the lingo, but only to speak to servants, so she knew none of the politer forms, and of the verbs only the imperative mood p62 hide spoiler , nor quite the brutality implicit in Dr Aziz showing the picture of wife to Fielding only for the chest of drawers to be later forced open and that photograph presented in court as evidence of his immoral and degenerate character.The characters exist very firmly in their environments The English, at the slightest suggestion that something is not right flip back to 1857, the dominance signalled in 1757 so provisional that everybody has to be continually on watch view spoiler ah, there s no great correspondence between the two events, but the temptation of aligning two 57s was too great for me hide spoiler There are no innocent conversations No exchange of views Every gesture has its own sub text of resistance and opposition, if one chooses to live on the verge of a nervous breakdown But this is also unreal or at least only an aspect of reality Change the air and of a sudden there are problems so totally different from those of Chandrapore For here the cleavage was between Brahman and non Brahman Moslems and English were quite out of the running, and sometimes not mentioned for days p289 The novel doesn t claim to completeness only to offer up a few shards to work upon the imagination view spoiler one could for instance look at how women stand between the men and prevent contact, seeing this in the context of Forster s unwillingly platonic relationship with Syed Ross Masood and eventual physical relationship with Mohammed el Adl in Egypt, which gives a different texture to God si Love p283 one of the Empire as providing the means for people to have the opportunities, sexual or otherwise, to do what they could not do at home In the novel we see the English having an unBritish equality of privilege paid for by the denigration of everybody else This is such an extreme, and generally unfamiliar, degree of privilege that it is unsurprising to see with what insane tightness it is clasped and with what mad eyes the hint of a violation is regarded view spoiler this reminds of my paternal grandparents who were in their own small way grand people in the far east, return to London meant going down from the Herrenvolk back into the working class, noservants or a bungalow with a veranda for them view spoiler I m not sure if paternal Grandmother never really recovered or if she was already of unsound mind before going out, no doubt it was six of one and half a dozen of the other, along the lines of those desiring power being the worse qualified to wield it empire was not for most an endeavour to encourage generosity of thought and broadness of understanding hide spoiler hide spoiler hide spoiler Apparently the last two Viceroys of India read this novel Pushed in conversation Dr Aziz at first looks to the Afghans, for the Mughal Empire to strike back and replace the British, only then to imagine an Indian community as a viable future view spoiler as in, good grief, impossible to contemplate, everybody India shall be a nation No foreigners of any sort Hindu and Moslem and Sikh and all shall be one Hurrah p315 so we see Dr Aziz shift from a pan Muslim and frequently Mughal past to a very different future Such feats fiction can accomplish hide spoiler Nodding to Benedict Anderson then there is no divide between the realm of the imagination and the realm of tangible reality The one flows into the other The boats collide and overturn Despite the different directions and tools the experience is one In a rather ironic piece of narration, E.M Forster sums up my opinion of this book perfectlyMost of life is so dull that there is nothing to be said about it, and the books and talk that would describe it as interesting are obliged to exaggerate, in the hope of justifying their own existence Indeed, this book was so terribly dull Ordinary, bland and mundane are all words that spring to mind Nothing happened other than a single piece of melodrama that somehow managed to dominate the b In a rather ironic piece of narration, E.M Forster sums up my opinion of this book perfectlyMost of life is so dull that there is nothing to be said about it, and the books and talk that would describe it as interesting are obliged to exaggerate, in the hope of justifying their own existence Indeed, this book was so terribly dull Ordinary, bland and mundane are all words that spring to mind Nothing happened other than a single piece of melodrama that somehow managed to dominate the book I understand why this book is so widely read and studied From a critical postcolonial perspective, there are lots of juicy bits in here to dissect There s a lot to talk about, and I could easily write an essay on it because it raises so many important debates about race and national identity in the wake of colonialism Seeing the true face of India becomes a difficult task because it has become so obscured with foreign influence and prejudices.Indeed, the book is fiercely anti imperialist and presents a compelling case for the benefits of an independent India It also highlights the injustices the Indian native faced Colonial rule is never good, and the coloniser always thinks his ways are better to the detriment of local culture, education and employment He takes over and ruins everything despite how much he naively believes that he is improving the life of those he is oppressing Despite all this the plot has no energy There were perhaps a few chapters, nothat forty pages or so, where the narrative managed to gain some momentum The protagonist was imprisoned for a crime he didn t do and the bits leading up to his trial were quite engaging When the verdict was eventually reached the rest of the novel dribbled on There was no story left Yet it continued for another hundred pages This meant that for a relatively short book, this felt like a really, really, long book This is a book I SHOULD have liked I was really surprised at my reaction to this This is a book that appeals directly to my interests yet, it just seemed so painfully convoluted and dull I did, however, really appreciate E.M Forster s prose He is a very skilful writer and a wordsmith, his sentences and paragraphs roll into each other perfectly This seems like a generic point, though I only make it because the surface level of his writing is so eloquent in places It s just a shame the plot did not carry the same level of mastery It just needed to be tighter andfocused to be effective Like Heart of Darkness it occupies an uncertain place in the cannon of English literature it s not quite radical enough and prejudice free to be fully anti colonial yet is still demonstrates the need for change It s a book I could study, but never one I could enjoy Although I didn t like this, I will still be trying another one of E.M Forster s novels in the future A Passage to India seems a bolder statement on Colonialism and racism than ever The Indians are thoughtful and droll, speaking about the trouble making friends with Englishmen, who become less personable the longer they are in India The British seem to a man all about keeping the Indian down, of holding the colony by force The writing is beautiful I just finished E.L Doctorow s The March, which errs on the purplish side at times There s no such overwriting here Even when one readssl A Passage to India seems a bolder statement on Colonialism and racism than ever The Indians are thoughtful and droll, speaking about the trouble making friends with Englishmen, who become less personable the longer they are in India The British seem to a man all about keeping the Indian down, of holding the colony by force The writing is beautiful I just finished E.L Doctorow s The March, which errs on the purplish side at times There s no such overwriting here Even when one readsslowly the prose constantly surprises And this is my second or third reading, too Few books I have found can sustain such interest over the years Lolita, Madame Bovary, Germinal, they are rare This time through I find myself astonished by Forster s skill at under describing his characters This technique adds to the fleeting, lighter than air aspect of the writing He d much rather talk about a gesture, say, or the layout of a house But the characters are left very flat, if not without description altogether We must go by their voices Under description of this sort was highly recommended by El Leonard, too, in his day He was another master of it Part Two opens with the story of the developing geology the India Venturing into the Marabar Caves, whose substance is hundreds of millions of years old, is to enter the primordial It is to be shown something ancient, far outside the mental and emotional scope of homo sapiens, who are no older than 100,000 years, and probably closer to 50,000 Forster s fascination here is with the numinous Adela and Mrs Moore have since their arrival talked of nothingthan seeing the real India In her quest for this passage to India, Adela enters the caves with little knowledge of their history, and there finds herself face to face with the numinous But in its most primitive essence, which of course includes the erotic, and just like that her heretofore admirable open mindedness is overwhelmed by the true otherness of India Overwhelmed by fear, she makes an egregious category mistake a reductio ad absurdum that upends the lives of all the main characters An unwarranted charge of attempted rape is lodged against Dr Aziz.Aziz s arrest reminded of the U.S s current epidemic of frightened white cops shooting unarmed black men These events are equitable only to the extent that both are examples of raw racism run amok Aziz, however, will get a trial and be acquitted Our shooting victims will never get that, even posthumously, as we have seen The novel is a big nail in the coffin of the Old India Hands My God, how Forster must have been hated for writing it How dare he besmirch their generations of service in keeping the Indian down It s a very brave book Forster indicts his nation in 1924, twenty three years before Partition All the insipid reasons for being in India are trotted out and shown to be lies Britain was not in India to pass down a legacy of democratic administration, that was an unexpected and lucky outcome It doesn t matter what Niall Ferguson says about the benevolence of the so called Raj in Empire The Rise and Demise of the British World Order This was commercial exploitation at its basest That the British left slightly fewer corpses in their wake than King Leopold of Belgium did in the Congo is not an argument in their favor.One final note on this Folio Society edition It s a beautiful book on acid free paper with sewn signatures, wonderful to handle Even turning the pages is a joy But the illustrations by Glynn Boyd Harte are wretched and annoying The book is best unadorned When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced Anglo Indian community Determined to escape the parochial English enclave and explore the real India , they seek the guidance of the charming and mercurial Dr Aziz, a cultivated Indian Muslim But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar caves with Aziz, and the well respected doctor soon finds himself at the centre of a scandal that rouses violent passions among both the British and their Indian subjects A masterful portrait of a society in the grip of imperialism, A Passage to India compellingly depicts the fate of individuals caught between the great political and cultural conflicts of the modern world In his introduction, Pankaj Mishra outlines Forster s complex engagement with Indian society and culture This edition reproduces the Abinger text and notes, and also includes four of Forster s essays on India, a chronology and further reading [Reading] ➷ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By 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introduction [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb – Lavons.co.uk Pankaj Mishra outlines Forster s complex engagement with Indian society and culture This edition reproduces the Abinger text and notes [BOOKS] ⚦ Secrecy By Rupert Thomson – Lavons.co.uk and also includes four of Forster s essays on India ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ The Silence and the Roar ⚣ Author Nihad Sirees – Lavons.co.uk a chronology and further reading The past the infinite greatness of the past thrilled Walt Whitman in A Passage to India A quarter of a century later, Forster borrowed Whitman s title, but with a very different mood in mind In place of the American s wild eyed certainties, Forster gives us echoes and confusion instead of epic quests of the soul, there is only an eternal impasse of personal and cultural misunderstanding.Animals and birds are half seen, unidentified the landscape is a featureless blur motives are illog The past the infinite greatness of the past thrilled Walt Whitman in A Passage to India A quarter of a century later, Forster borrowed Whitman s title, but with a very different mood in mind In place of the American s wild eyed certainties, Forster gives us echoes and confusion instead of epic quests of the soul, there is only an eternal impasse of personal and cultural misunderstanding.Animals and birds are half seen, unidentified the landscape is a featureless blur motives are illogical and rest on miscommunication All human language, in the final analysis, amounts to nothingthan the dull ou boum thrown back from the Malabar caves during the fateful expedition at the heart of the novel If one had spoken vileness in that place, or quoted lofty poetry, the comment would have been the same ou boum Will Self once recommend as an exercise reducing a novel to a single word he suggested in the case of The Naked Lunch, for instance, that it would be insect For A Passage to India, that keyword would be muddle a term that recurs, gradually shedding its cosiness and accreting a sense of existential indistinctness, a kind of cosmic flou that renders good intentions, indeed all human endeavour, futile I like mysteries, says Mrs Moore, the novel s moral core, but I rather dislike muddles Elsewhere, Forster talks with something like dread of a spiritual muddledom for which no high sounding words can be found.The plot of this book is, at times, heart poundingly dramatic, but Forster is careful to make sure that even this is founded on doubt and indecision In fact, what one thinks of as the plot of A Passage to India is a storyline that arises, reaches its climax, and is resolved entirely within the second of the book s three acts What then, you might ask, is the point of parts one and three Well, among other things they prevent the plot from seeming too tidy there is always something before the beginning, something after the end, to frustrate neat conclusions Adventures do occur, he says, but not punctually Life isn t tidy it s a muddle.British India is a perfect setting for this kind of exploration not only does it play host to numerous individual confusions, it is itself, as it were, the political embodiment of such a confusion One of the wonderful things about this book is that the obvious hypocrisy and conflict between the English and the Indians is not left to stand alone, as a heavy handed message, but is echoed by similar divisions between Muslim and Hindu, man and woman, young and old, devotee and atheist Still, it is the gulf of understanding between the British rulers and their Indian subjects that provides the most interesting material for Forster s bitter social comedy Most of the Brits are deliciously dislikable, couching their racism in patriotic slogans, droning through the national anthem every evening at the Club, and like one of the wives learning only enough of the language to speak to the servants so she knew none of the politer forms, and of the verbs only the imperative mood.The heroes of this book are those that try to reach across this divide, or to challenge the assumptions of their own side Your sentiments are those of a god, she said quietly, but it was his manner rather than his sentiments that annoyed her.Trying to recover his temper, he said, India likes gods And Englishmen like posing as gods These attempts don t work, and the reason they don t work is that cultural or racial divides are the book suggests only a special case of that spiritual muddledom that is a universal constant Still, the worldview isn t as bleak as it might seem That famous not yet in the book s closing lines is a lothopeful than a no , and if we re prevented from coming together by our tangled and violent past, that also raises the possibility that a better future can be laid down by the present we choose to enact now, every day, with each other For what is the present, after all, as Walt Whitman asked, but a growth out of the past Adela Quested, a plain looking, young , affable, and naive English school teacher, travels to distant India in the early 1920 s, accompanied by the elderly , kind, Mrs Moore, maybe her future mother in law a widow twice, and see the real country,important, to decide if she will marry Mrs Moore s son, the magistrate, of the unimportant city of Chandrapore, disillusioned Ronny Heaslop he dislikes Indians now Conditions are very uneasy in India, the natives hate the British rulers, a Adela Quested, a plain looking, young , affable, and naive English school teacher, travels to distant India in the early 1920 s, accompanied by the elderly , kind, Mrs Moore, maybe her future mother in law a widow twice, and see the real country,important, to decide if she will marry Mrs Moore s son, the magistrate, of the unimportant city of Chandrapore, disillusioned Ronny Heaslop he dislikes Indians now Conditions are very uneasy in India, the natives hate the British rulers, and seek independence, and in turn the conquerors, despise what they perceive as an inferior, local race, besides the Hindu and Muslim populations are always ready to riot against their enemies, foreign and domestic, the tense, volatile situation needs the strong hand of the British army to keep peace, but for how long Mrs Moore, like her female companion, Adela, wants to see and feel India, experience its atmosphere, no matter how alien, breathe in the romantic flavors, customs and particularly, the strange, exotic, mysterious and nevertheless engaging people, of this dangerous but fascinating nation Warned not to go alone , the old lady, does, visits a mosque, and hears a voice in the dark, telling her to take off her shoes, she had, by Dr Aziz, a young Indian, Muslim physician, ignorant foreigners, in the past, had shown disrespect, unexpectedly, they later become great friends, the two so completely different Cyril Fielding, the head of the modest local college, is the only British man to show any sympathy for the poor, native people, he hates how they are treated, the Indians, especially the English women, who do not hide their contempt Yet can friendships develop and last, between the Indian and the British, in the colonial era, such as the emotional Dr Aziz and the calm Mr.Fielding There is not much to see in the unattractive, dirty city, no spectacular monuments, or building, nothing, the Ganges River flows leisurely by, not causing any impact, mostly ignored by the population, it isn t sacred here, occasionally a dead body is spotted, not devoured by the crocodiles, as it floats down to the oceanIn the local British Club, no Indian members of course, they gossip, drink, play cards and the highlight, tennis, when the notorious weather permits, scorching heat waves that crush the spirit, and monsoon rains pouring ceaselessly down, causing widespread, devastating flooding Still twenty miles away , in the Marabar Hills, are countless caves to explore, nobody knows what makes them exciting though, the areas only attraction, a tour is organized and led by Dr.Aziz, composed also of Mrs.Moore, Miss Quested, Mr.Fielding, and prominent Indians, both Hindu and Muslims, but plans are not facts, they do not go accordingly, a disaster ensues which will effect many people, lives are changedA very interesting exploration of India, during an unique period in its history, that even today is still relevant, to her destination as a rising superpower, both economically and militarilyYes things change I read A Passage To India for my Completist Book Club on Goodreads This is a book that I may have never even heard of if it was not for that group For those who are curious, it is a club that chooses books from must read lists to read each month Because of this club, I have been able to find some interesting, some challenging, and, sadly, even some boring books that I cannot figure out why they are must reads But, whatever the case, I am always glad to be a part of the group because it has r I read A Passage To India for my Completist Book Club on Goodreads This is a book that I may have never even heard of if it was not for that group For those who are curious, it is a club that chooses books from must read lists to read each month Because of this club, I have been able to find some interesting, some challenging, and, sadly, even some boring books that I cannot figure out why they are must reads But, whatever the case, I am always glad to be a part of the group because it has really expanded my reading horizons.In the case of A Passage To India, I can see why it is a classic It is a tale of British Imperial rule in India and how people on both sides British and Indian handle all the tensions and issues this causes Also, the main Indian character is not Hindu but Muslim and there is a lot about being Muslim in a country where that is not the main religion It is all very relatable to modern day issues.I have been going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars Some of the parts were very riveting, but others left me wanting I think it was about 50 50 But, I am going to go with 4 stars because the message and the historical significance of this story solidify it as a classic.Funny thing, I was planning to go 3 stars when I started writing this review, but I talked myself into 4 stars So easy going and then wham Quentin Tarantino could learn a lot from E M Forster He d learn that there s no need to pile on the menace in the early stages The shock, when it comes is mucheffective if the reader viewer has been led into thinking all is ordinary and relatively safe Forster is a master story teller, and a true philosopher as well. It s a Saturday evening, and you and your significant other have just arrived at an outdoor barbecue, hosted by your sweetheart s employer As you step out on to the patio, you do a quick visual sweep of the social atmosphere At first glance, it looks as though the party is dominated by your partner s coworkers, which is unfortunate, as they are all metallurgists That s right They re all metallurgists, and you re well, you re you.You ve got your fingers crossed that someone s significant It s a Saturday evening, and you and your significant other have just arrived at an outdoor barbecue, hosted by your sweetheart s employer As you step out on to the patio, you do a quick visual sweep of the social atmosphere At first glance, it looks as though the party is dominated by your partner s coworkers, which is unfortunate, as they are all metallurgists That s right They re all metallurgists, and you re well, you re you.You ve got your fingers crossed that someone s significant other will turn out to be a pole dancer or a comedian, but as you approach the first pockets of people, you realize that, as usual, you re dreaming.You dash off to find alcohol to sustain you, only to discover that the host is a recovering alcoholic and the only beverage that will be served on this night is a cucumber infused water What in the hell Soldiering on, you bravely break into one or two of these small social packs, trying to crack a joke, entertaining yourself by balancing the sliced cucumbers on your eyes, pretending they are pennies and you are blessedly dead.No such luck You re alive, but you re invisible, and you are stone cold sober and this may be the most boring evening of your life Your partner has abandoned you to some work related issue, and you are completely hopeless until you stumble upon a group of three people, standing off to the side You hear something about a Dr Aziz and some accusations that are damning, that apparently have been made by a female coworker Two of the people reveal in the conversation that they are HR employees, and they are investigating the claim You are suddenly a fly on the paper plate You can t hover closely enough You are riveted You hate to admit it, but you ve always loved a good scandal as long as it doesn t involve you.You listen for as long as possible, until the small group breaks apart and walks away Your partner startles you, returning to you, pulling you out of the trance of the story, and indicates to you that it s time to leave Time to leave But it just FINALLY got interesting A Passage to India


About the Author: E.M. Forster

Edward Morgan Forster, generally published as E.M Forster, was an novelist, essayist, and short story writer He is known best for his ironic and well plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th century British society His humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End Only connect.He had five novels published in his lifetime, achieving his greatest success with A Passage to India 1924 which takes as its subject the relationship between East and West, seen through the lens of India in the later days of the British Raj Forster s views as a secular humanist are at the heart of his work, which often depicts the pursuit of personal connections in spite of the restrictions of contemporary society He is noted for his use of symbolism as a technique in his novels, and he has been criticised for his attachment to mysticism His other works include Where Angels Fear to Tread 1905 , The Longest Journey 1907 , A Room with a View 1908 and Maurice 1971 , his posthumously published novel which tells of the coming of age of an explicitly gay male character.


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