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A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
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Aug 14, 2008

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I enjoyed the fact that there are few heroes in this novel, and that no character escapes the novelist's critical examination of their conduct and prejudices. I thought the first part, up to the trial and immediate aftermath, better than the rest, which became less story-telling and more half-baked sermonizing lightly disguised as conversation/plot. I sympathize with Forster's ideas, but the problem with a story without heroes is that it becomes difficult to sympathize with people when they're just sitting around chatting as opposed to doing or having done to them. I honestly couldn't see why this book is considered a classic. It is decently written and is unafraid to tackle serious moral issues, but it did not much engage me beyond the intellectual level.

Note: I own the 1952 version, with cover design by Roseanne Litzinger.

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