A Passage to India

A Passage to India es una novela del ingles E. M. Forster en la época de la India bajo el poder británico y los movimientos independentistas en la década de 1920. La historia se basa en las experiencias de Forster en la India y el autor toma el título de uno de los poemas de Whitman “Leaves of Grass”…

… Abandoning his bicycle, which fell before a servant could catch it, the young man sprang up on to the verandah. He was all animation. "Hamidullah, Hamidullah! Am I late?" he cried.
"Do not apologize," said his host. "You are always late."
"Kindly answer my question. Am I late? Has Mahmoud Ali eaten all the food? If so I go elsewhere. Mr. Mahmoud Ali, how are you?"
"Thank you, Dr. Aziz, I am dying."
"Dying before your dinner? Oh, poor Malimoud Ali!"
"Hamidullah here is actually dead. He passed away just as you rode up on your bike."
"Yes, that is so," said the other. "Imagine us both as addressing you from another and a happier world."
"Does there happen to be such a thing as a hookah in that happier world of yours?"
"Aziz, don't chatter. We are having a very sad talk."

The hookah had been packed too tight, as was usual in his friend's house, and moved with difficulty. He manipulated it. Yielding at last, the tobacco progressed up into his lungs and nostrils, driving out the smoke of burning cow manure that had filled them as he rode through the bazaar. It was delicious. He lay in a trance, sensuous but healthy, through which the talk of the two others did not seem particularly sad—they were discussing as to whether or not it is possible to be friends with an Englishman. Mahmoud Ali argued that it was not, Hamidullah disagreed, but with so many reservations that there was no friction between them. Delicious indeed to lie on the broad verandah with the moon rising in front and the servants preparing dinner behind, and no trouble happening.
a hookah
Smoking a hookah

"Well, look at my own experience this morning."
"I only contend that it is possible in England," replied Hamidullah, who had been to that country long ago, before the big rush, and had received a cordial welcome at Cambridge.
"It is impossible here. Aziz! The red-nosed boy has again insulted me in Court. I do not blame him. He was told that he ought to insult me. Until lately he was quite a nice boy, but the others have got hold of him."
"Yes, they have no chance here, that is my point. They come out intending to be gentlemen… (Chapter 2, A Passage to India, by E. M. Forster)

About the book
A Passage to India se centra alrededor de Aziz, Cyril, Mrs Moore y Adela. Durante un viaje a unas cuevas Adela se queda sola con Aziz, entra en pánico y escapa. Se da por hecho que Aziz había intentado abusar de Adela y se sucede un juicio.

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