I'm a GoodReads user testing new waters after the serious website changes. I mostly read fiction, usually Anglophone classics/ modern classics; I like nonfiction (mostly social and cultural history), good fantasy and graphic novels. For guilty pleasure, I read advice and how-to books. I made at least two reading resolutions recently; 1. read less, live more; 2. read books which give me more pleasure. I have poor filters, and books I find stylistically pleasing tend to be depressing, so I need to do something about that; if you think you know a book that is very well written, but won't make me weep, please drop me a line.

A Passage To India

A Passage To India - E.M. Forster, Oliver Stallybrass context - from E. M. Forster's letter - his opinions may seem offensive, and I have yet to see whether and how they surface in the novel, so for the time being, I'll mark it as a "to his closest Indian friend Syed Ross Masood - almost certainly the main model for the character of Aziz in A Passage to India, and probably Forster's lover for a short period - explaining the difficulties he was having with the composition of the novel. The tone of the boook had become darker than he intended; he felt much more bitter towards the British after the Amritsar massacre, but he was also less enchanted with the Indians that he had once been:
When I began the book I thought of it as a little bridge of sympathy between East and West, but this conception has had to go, my sense of truth forbids anything so comfortable. I think that most Indians, like most English people, are shits, an I am not interested whether they sypathise with one another or not. Not interested as an artist; of course the journalistic side of me still gets roused ober these questions..." (330)
. Source: Jackson, Kevin. Constellation of Genius: 1922 - Modernism and All That Jazz. London: Windmill, 2013. Print.

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