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Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century (38)

The epigraph to the novel states "Only connect..." and the story is about how folks from different strata of society seem unable to connect & seem especially unable to make the connection between the morality of their class & that of other classes.

That said, it is an excrutiating read.  The characters are universally unlikeable, the story drags along and the lesson--about folks not obeying the morality they insist on for others--is obvious & not terribly important.


Grade: (D)


E.M. Forster Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: E. M. Forster
    -ESSAY: ‘Recorded and honoured’: New light on E. M. Forster’s last love (Peter J. Conradi, June 2023, TLS)
    -ESSAY: “A Passage to India” on Its 100th Birthday (Sameer Pandya, March 27, 2024, LA Review of Books)

Book-related and General Links:
-E. M. FORSTER 1879-1970 (A future entry in Beachams' Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)
    -only connect (a web site dedicated to EM Forster)
    -A Passage through Forster: EM Forster: his life and works
    -ESSAY: Connecting with EM Forster (Sidney Perkowitz, The American Prospect)
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