This is a reread and as I go along I remember how I enjoyed this book. I’ve read many books set in India but this is one of the very best – there’s something about the setting that draws me.
Adela Quested has come to Chandrapor, a small outpost in Eastern India, to meet her possible future husband, Ronny Heaslop, the very proper British city magistrate. Ronny’s mother, Mrs. Moore accompanies her.
In Chandrapor they meet Mr. Aziz, a kind but somewhat befuddled Indian doctor, Cecil Fielding, an independent thinking British school teacher as well as a handful of other English colonists and Indian natives – each is different – perhaps representative of “types” Forster found while he visited the area.
The story moves along rather slowly until something happens in the caves to which Dr. Aziz takes Mrs. Moore and Adele. But there is a lot of satire and irony in those pages and a build-up as to what happens later. And then after the trial the story slows to a snail’s pace again -revealing all the consequences of the event.
A Passage to India was written in 1924, shortly after his final trip to India.