Κυριακή, 20 Νοεμβρίου 2011

a passage to india


I haven't blogged lately because my teacher of english gave me a book to read. It is called the passage to india by Forster.

The book is set in India and it tries to explain the relations between the Indians and British colonists. Two British ladies visit India and one Indian doctor suggests a trip to some caves. However, an unfortunate event destroys the excursion and friendship between the Indian doctor and the British ladies is destroyed.

Here is the summary of the novel taken by http://classiclit.about.com/od/passagetoindia/fr/aa_passage.htm


The main incident of the novel is the accusation by an English woman that an Indian doctor followed her into a cave and attempted to rape her. Doctor Aziz (the accused man) is a respected member of the Muslim community in India. Like many people of his social class, his relationship with the British administration is somewhat ambivalent. He sees most of the British as enormously rude, so he is pleased and flattered when an English woman, Mrs. Moore, attempts to befriend him.

Fielding also becomes a friend, and he is the only English person who attempts to help him--after the accusation is made. Despite Fielding's help, Aziz is constantly worried that Fielding will somehow betray him). The two part ways and then meet many years later. Forster suggests that the two can never really be friends until the English withdraw from India.



In total I have to say that it was an interesting book. One can clearly see the feelings of the indians who were conquered by the British. Indians loathe the discipline and cold heart of the British and the British colonists hate the emotions which rule the lives of the Indians. The end is quite sad and as the writer suggests there is no future in the relations between the two nations unless the British leave India.

It took me a lot of time to read it and I can't say that it was very enjoyable but it helped me a lot with my english and it was something different.

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