Wonderful writing. The book is set in 3 parts: first, The Mosque which is set in the cool dry season. It seems to be about Islam and there is a sense of harmony of things. Second, The Caves which is set in the hot season. There is a lot of tension and unrest and the story focuses on the British domination of India and Christianity. The third and final part, The Temple is set in the rainy season, a time of growth, and Hinduism is predominant.
Two of the characters, Mrs. Moore and Adela Quested, want to see and experience the real India but through the story Forster suggests that there is no one India but a clash of cultures and religions. The book points to a future time when maybe, possibly there is more harmony. It is a story of friendships and how difficult it is to establish friendships between peoples of different cultures and faiths.
A beautiful and yet eerie novel.
A classic for a reason. Beautiful and thoughtful, with a cruel clash of cultures at the heart.
Civilized prose infused with raw emotions. The characters are multi-dimensional, as are their motives, which makes for a fascinating read
A terrific audiobook to listen to. Very funny.
Enjoyable read. The movie is worth watching too.
Last week, a man sitting next to me on a plane asked me if this was the first time I had read this book - and I thought, hey I like you because you are as nosy as me checking out what everyone else is reading. I had already taken note of his book as well. Imagine how wonderful to have read all the great books and had time to go back and read the best over again. I love Forster, but don't think I'll revisit this book.
A beautifully written account of British Imperialism in India in the 1920's. Forster's writing is wonderful, but I prefered his A Room with a View--much more humour there.
Miss Adela Quested, Mrs. Moore, and Cyril Fielding arrive in India and cross paths with Dr. Aziz.
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