Book Notes: "A Passage to India" by E.M. Forster

A Passage to IndiaA Passage to India by E.M. Forster

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novel pre-dates Orwell's Burmese Days, so it is one of the earlier works that self-consciously examines Orientalism. However, unlike Burmese Days, I found it hard to get into. It must be Forster's near-Victorian style - it seems more like Joyce than it does Ford. Along with detailed notes to every chapter, it felt more like a work of non-fiction than a story based on Forster's travel experiences. Obviously important, but somehow shallow. Maybe this was an attempt to minimise the political backlash that was more likely to occur in the pre-Hitler period than it was in Orwell's time? Regrettably, this one goes down as "having read a classic" rather than a great literary experience for me.

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