By Norma Ostrander

This novel places colonialism lower than the microscope and examines racism in India in the course of the interval of English colonization. Forster provides us a story of an extraordinary friendship and the fragile threads that continue it alive - or let it to disintegrate. This concise complement to E.M. Forster's A Passage to India is helping scholars comprehend the general constitution of the radical, activities and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural views of the writer.

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His descriptions of the landscape, however unattractive it may be, frequently have a poetic rhythm. He makes lavish use of both satire and irony, and the satire is especially biting in his treatment of the English colonials, particularly in the events before the trial in the “Caves” section. But he is also capable of gentle humor, notably in his depiction of the high-spirited and volatile Aziz. As has been noted earlier, there are numerous themes and symbols—such as the wasp, the echo, the “Come come” of Godbole’s song—which recur throughout the novel; these are not introduced in an obvious fashion, and it is not until the end of the book that their full significance is apparent.

With a combination of human and spiritual understanding, Fielding would certainly be the man “most likely to succeed” in promoting world understanding. Ronny Heaslop Ronny Heaslop is pictured as the “rubber-stamp” product of the Public School crowd for whom Forster had so much contempt. He is the typical follower, influenced by power, prestige, and a set pattern of behavior. These traits make it easy for him to be led into the Turton-Callendar-McBryde camp, for they represent to Ronny the peak of social and political prestige.

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