A Passage To India
By E.M. Forster
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A Passage To India by E.M. Forster ranked # 25 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
A Passage to India (1924) is a novel by E. M. Forster about the tensions between natives of India and British colonials when a white woman, Adela Quested, accuses a native man, Dr. Aziz, of attempted rape.
The accusation takes place after Adela's unidentified traumatic experience while touring a local natural attraction, the Marabar Caves. The ensuing court trial increases the racial tension between the Indians and the British, threatening to tear apart the colonial society of Chandrapore, India.
Forster expands on his message in Howards End about the importance of people to "only connect" with each other by showing how hard it often is to do that. He also plays with views of religion and of the possibility of emptiness in the human state.
The novel won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction in 1924.
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