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A Passage to India
A Passage to India | E. M. Forster
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A Passage to India is a novel by English author E. M. Forster set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement in the 1920s. It was selected as one of the 100 great works of English literature by the Modern Library and won the 1924 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. The novel is based on Forster's experiences in India. E.M. Forster borrowed the book's title from Walt Whitman's poem of the same name in Leaves of Grass. The story revolves around four characters: Dr. Aziz, his British friend Mr. Cyril Fielding, Mrs. Moore, and Miss Adela Quested. During a trip to the Marabar Caves (modeled on the Barabar Caves of Bihar), Adela accuses Aziz of attempting to assault her. Aziz's trial, and its run-up and aftermath, bring out all the racial tensions and prejudices between indigenous Indians and the British colonists who rule India.
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peanutnine
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Still catching up on September reviews... Read this with the #pemberlittens
It was an interesting depiction of the British and Indian relationship through colonisation but the characters weren't very likeable and the ending was disappointing. The daily discussions with the #hashtagbrigade were always enjoyable though

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dabbe
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The image above sums up my feelings about this book; they were all over the place. Forster's writing is gorgeous as usual, but I had a difficult time caring about any of these characters, British or Indian. The motives behind the characters' actions were vague and noncommittal. The so-called exotic atmosphere was tainted--similar in a way to Joyce's “Araby“. I walked away unenlightened and depressed. Thank goodness for @BarkingMadRead's hashtags!

BarkingMadRead I‘m glad you… finished it 🤣 this one was rough 8mo
dabbe @BarkingMadRead LOVING Tess, though! 🖤🧡🖤 8mo
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kwmg40
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I've always loved E. M. Forster's writing. I enjoyed rereading this novel and seeing the commentary from the #PemberLittens and #HashtagBrigade. @BarkingMadRead. It's sad that Forster's observations about racism, classism and sexism still seem so relevant today.

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BarkingMadRead @kwmg40 I know, you‘d think we would have figured this stuff out by now! 8mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 8mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏Another classic film. 8mo
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TheSpineView Awesome! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 8mo
kwmg40 @BarkingMadRead I thought that the book would feel dated, but sadly it didn't. 8mo
kwmg40 @DieAReader @TheSpineView @TheAromaofBooks Thanks for the encouragement! 8mo
kwmg40 @Andrew65 I loved this film. Peggy Ashcroft was so good as Mrs. Moore! 8mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 8mo
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Morr_Books
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I finished my 9th book of #SummerEndReadathon. I can honestly say that I didn't enjoy this one even remotely close to how much I enjoyed A Room With A View. I didn't like the characters and how women were portrayed. @TheSpineView
#hashtagbrigade @BarkingMadRead

BarkingMadRead This seems to be the general consensus for this one! 8mo
Bookwormjillk Yeah, I‘m with you 8mo
dabbe Totally agree! 💯 8mo
TheSpineView Agree also. Great job in pushing to the finish. 8mo
Bluebird Also agree! I loved Room with a View, but struggled with this one (though I loved the movie!) 8mo
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Librarybelle
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Forster‘s look at British occupied India in the 1920s certainly scratches the surface of culture & caste clauses, not to mention imperial rule and the desire to break free. The novel also examines friendship and betrayal and in a way redemption. Admittedly, I struggled through parts of this…I‘m not as well versed in my history of India, especially during British rule. However, I‘m glad I read this! #PemberLittens #HashtagBrigade #192025 #1924

SamAnne It was a so-so read. But it prompted me to put some India history on my TBR. 8mo
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jenniferw88
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Librarybelle Hooray! I was very excited to see that this is a great option for #192025 ! 8mo
Cinfhen You got a lot of mileage out of this book 🙌🏻😀💙 8mo
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Daisey
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I‘m so glad to have read this one with the #PemberLittens #HashtagBrigade because it just wasn‘t the classic for me. Without the group, I would have powered through this audio in a few days and missed a lot of the details that I did appreciate.

#audiobook #1001books

BarkingMadRead I probably would have thrown it and walked away 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
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BarkingMadRead
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Bookwormjillk Nice writing and I guess a nice change from British manor houses, but not my favorite. Thanks @BarkingMadRead and the rest of the #HashtagBrigade you make these books fun. 8mo
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mcctrish I‘m really struggling with finishing this 🤦🏻‍♀️ this week has been awful in teaching land and this has not been the book I can handle at the end of the day 😞 hopefully I knock it off in the car to Toronto this morning. Thank you so much for keeping us on track and focussed with the ##### 8mo
BarkingMadRead @mcctrish safe travels!! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks I feel like this book had some good things to say, but I didn't connect with the story or the characters at all. Instead of coming away feeling like I should give people who “aren't like me“ the benefit of the doubt because they're probably good people, I feel like I shouldn't trust them OR the people who “are like me“ because everyone sucks 😂 8mo
BarkingMadRead @TheAromaofBooks #everybodysucks was basically my takeaway 🤣 8mo
AnnR Beautiful prose but a frustrating story. I agree with prior comments, the ending was meh. I'm glad to have finally read it though. Thank you @BarkingMadRead for leading the discussion. The daily posts and entertaining hashtags definitely helps keep my reading on track. 🙂 (edited) 8mo
Librarybelle Yeah…the ending was a bit lackluster. Thanks, @BarkingMadRead for another great reading month! 8mo
Morr_Books I too agree with what everyone is saying. What was up with all the comments of women being ugly or beautiful? It was so frustrating. I liked A Room with a View and its characters much better. 8mo
Bklover I ended up really loving this book overall. I think mainly because I learned a lot. I knew next to nothing about this place and time in history. The characters all drove me nuts though, and in the end were pretty much unlikeable. @jenniferw88 thank you for all your insights- you were very helpful! 8mo
Bklover Thank you to @BarkingMadRead for again guiding us through another classic. You are probably the only reason I make it through! 8mo
BarkingMadRead It‘s always a pleasure!!! 8mo
Ruthiella Thank you for leading us @BarkingMadRead ! I enjoyed it more than you did, but agree that the end is less than heartwarming. @jenniferw88 I will send you you #Ihateadela card membership soon! 😂 8mo
dabbe I agree with ALL of you! I never would have finished if it wasn't for the always-hilarious #hashtagqueen @BarkingMadRead and the notes from @jenniferw88. I would have BAILED. The word I kept thinking while reading was “awkward.“ Everyone seemed awkward with each other, but I appreciate Forster making both sides have unlikable characters (though colonizing is bad!). Give me ROOM WITH A VIEW over this. Glad I made it through with all of you! 🤗 8mo
willaful I found the book pretty confusing overall, and depressing, but the very end spoke to me. It's sadly still so relevant. 8mo
mcctrish I finished it #yayme please consider this my entreaty to join the #ihateadela club #brosbeforehosforever 8mo
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Bklover
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What an exquisite book. I think I‘d like to start over and read it again. I learned a lot!!
#hashtagbrigade hasn‘t discussed this one yet, so that‘s it for now.
#pemberlittens

BarkingMadRead Posting now!! 8mo
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BarkingMadRead
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TheAromaofBooks Love your Rajah portrait 😂 8mo
BarkingMadRead @TheAromaofBooks I couldn‘t resist 🤣 it came up in the google search 🤣 8mo
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Bookwormjillk I guess it‘s refreshing to not have everything come out all neat and tidy, but I guess we still have two chapters for everyone to make up. 8mo
AnnR Great pic for today! 🙂 I hope Aziz and Fielding don't end up being frenemies. 8mo
willaful Sad chapters. Especially sad seeing someone who can't change his mind when learning his facts are wrong. 8mo
Bklover I hope Aziz realizes he‘s being an ass and makes up with Fielding!🙄 8mo
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BarkingMadRead
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Bookwormjillk Aziz reminds me of my co-worker that decides what‘s going to happen in her head then tries to get me mad about it before it occurs. 8mo
BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk seriously though! He was mad before he even knew if he had something to be mad about 8mo
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peanutnine @Bookwormjillk omg lol that's perfect 8mo
peanutnine I hate that Adela pulled Fielding away right after everything happened and caused this breach between him and Aziz 8mo
AnnR I think Aziz is just mentally damaged by the whole situation and jaded now. In his shoes, it would be hard to know who to trust. 8mo
BarkingMadRead @AnnR so true! 8mo
Bklover @AnnR That‘s for sure! 8mo
Morr_Books @AnnR Agree! 8mo
Morr_Books I do not think this story is going to have a happy ending. 8mo
dabbe It seems that the rift between Aziz and Fielding is the embodiment of the rift between the English and the people of India. And now I'm afraid that Aziz is going to hate all the English because of what he had to go through. 8mo
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BarkingMadRead
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Ruthiella I have to say Adela got on my last nerve from the start. 8mo
Morr_Books Am I the only one surprised that they didn't ship Adela back to England immediately? Maybe that was the first available boat? 8mo
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Bookwormjillk @Morr_Books yes that was weird. Must have been the weather. 8mo
jenniferw88 @Ruthiella I knew what was coming from the start as it's a re-read - I so wanted my first hashtag about Adela to be #ihateadela, but wanted everyone to discover her toxicity for themselves. 8mo
willaful Adela is kind of a perfect Nice White Lady stereotype isn't she. Not because she's malicious, but way too much in her fee fees without noticing what she's doing to others. (edited) 8mo
dabbe @jenniferw88 And I might be dense here, but WHY oh WHY did she blame Aziz in the first place? What was her motive? Will we ever know? I'm having a difficult time understanding her and pretty much everyone else's actions in the story. An awkward read for me at best. 8mo
Daisey @dabbe I completely get the confusion here. When she‘s talking about the incident at one point she can‘t even clearly say whether anything really happened at all, so why blame someone? I really want more specific answers than the British are colonizers and therefore horrible people. 8mo
Ruthiella @jenniferw88 Now we can start a club! #Ihateadela 😂 8mo
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BarkingMadRead
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Ch 27…. Because y‘all. I‘m so sorry, I read chapter 26 last night! The chapter heading was at the very top of a page, and it just sort of ran together 🙄 #anyway #fieldingasksaziznottoaskadelafortoomuchmoney #azizandibothsayhellno #fieldingworriesitwillruinher #umdude #azizisruined #azizwantsanapology #fieldingtellsazizaboutmrsmoore #azizdoesntbelievehim #staytuned #pemberlittens #hashtagbrigade

Bookwormjillk I feel sorry for Aziz and agree he should get paid, but I hate his she‘s too ugly to attack in a cave defense. 8mo
AnnR After a little bit of hopefulness, things sound complicated again. Will Aziz be okay? Will Adela? Should Fielding get in the middle of everything? Hmmm.... I'm not sure. Hopefully Ronny will be out of the picture now. They aren't a good match. 8mo
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BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk that frustrated me as well! I get that he‘s upset, but that‘s awful! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks I do feel somewhat bad for Adela because I don't think she exactly realized what she was setting off/she was getting so much peer pressure to continue the prosecution even when she tentatively tried to voice doubts. But it also doesn't seem fair for her to just get off without paying anything when Aziz's life has been sent into complete disarray and complications! 8mo
Daisey @Bookwormjillk Yes, that excuse was awful and brought him down in my opinion. Yet, she should still have to at least pay his court fees. 8mo
willaful Definitely less of a fan of Aziz that I was. :-( But I do agree she owes him for what he's been through. 8mo
Morr_Books I agree with what everyone is saying about Aziz. I also really don't know my overall feelings for the Mrs. Moore character. I am not sure I like how upset everyone in the story is about her death when she up and left India, abandoning Aziz, Adela, etc. 8mo
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BarkingMadRead
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AnnR @BarkingMadRead - I think you said it all. Wow! Just wow! I was just relieved Adela got rid of her echo, just in the knick of time for Dr. Aziz. 8mo
willaful I truly wasn't expecting that! Still have kind of a feeling of dread. The whole situation is so volatile. 8mo
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Bklover You have definitely outdone yourself with today‘s ### 🩵 8mo
jenniferw88 I'm just glad that the song I chose to go with this book for #dramaqueen #titlesandtunes makes sense, as Fielding is called a renegade in ch.24! @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Seriously head-spinning. Honestly, I was the most shocked about Mrs. Moore! 8mo
BarkingMadRead @Bklover I almost ran out of space! 8mo
BarkingMadRead @TheAromaofBooks it felt so out of left field! 8mo
Cinfhen @jenniferw88 🫶🏼🎶🎉 8mo
dabbe @TheAromaofBooks That cave really messed with her; it's like she completely lost the will to live after that. I wish Forster would tell us more about why the heck that was such a complete life-altering-to-death experience for her. 8mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Spot on 🙌🏽 8mo
TheAromaofBooks @dabbe - It just seemed so strange! I understood her having this sort of internal/spiritual shake up, but it seemed a little bizarre that hearing some echoing voices was enough to make her reject all of her religious beliefs and descend into complete apathy!? I felt so bad for her - she didn't have anyone to talk it out with, to offer her reassurances or alternate views. 😕 8mo
dabbe @TheAromaofBooks This has been a strange book for me on the whole: I mean, what was even the point of having her in the book and then killing her offstage? And what the heck is the big deal about an echo? Caves echo; get used to it, people.

The wording has been bizarre in places, too, plus how people talk to each other. But, maybe that's the point. We're supposed to feel weird because they feel weird relating to one another. 🤷‍♀️
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TheAromaofBooks @dabbe - This book has done a great job capturing a general sense of unease and uncertainty, the fragility of a system that assumes everyone “knows their place“ and can't handle anyone deciding they don't like that place. But as a story... it's been somewhat lacking for me 😂 8mo
dabbe @TheAromaofBooks Much better said than what I wrote. Agree 💯! I 😍 A ROOM WITH A VIEW, but this one not so much. 🤣 8mo
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jenniferw88
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

Finish A Passage to India
Continue Golden Hill
Start ???

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Ruthiella
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#Weekendreads

🇮🇳Still plugging away at A Passage to India for #Pemberlittens #Hashtagbrigade

🇺🇸 The Turquoise Shop must be finished by Sunday morning for the #GoldenAgeCrimeClub pick.

🇷🇺 I hope to at least get a chapter or two in from City of Thieves in between.

ChaoticMissAdventures I have tried to read Passage to India many times and have never gotten through it. I hope you make it! 8mo
Ruthiella I will! Reading in a group on Litsy makes it easier. 😀 8mo
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jenniferw88
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#bookreport @Cinfhen

Continued A Passage to India
Finished The Medici Murders, The Poet X, The Seven Ages of Death, and Binti
Started Golden Hill

Cinfhen Wow!!! Great week 🤩 8mo
Santie I‘ve just started reading The Seven Ages of Death. Very excited 8mo
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BarkingMadRead
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Ch 23: another short chapter! Tomorrow we start reading two a day. #mrsmooreispeacingout ✌️ #sheisjealousofadela 🙄 #shegetstoseemoreofindiaassheleaves #asirgarhispictured #hashtagbrigade #pemberlittens

Bookwormjillk I am so disappointed in these people. I know, different time. But they‘re so self centered. 8mo
BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk we have had the worst luck with our literary friends lately! 8mo
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Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRead fingers crossed 🤞 it ends reasonably 8mo
mcctrish Woo Hoo I am caught up 👏🏻👏🏻 those were 4 intense chapters of #hesaidshesaidwhosaid so much dithering and blathering and round about speak ( getting Macbeth vibes “a tale told by an idiot ….. signifying nothing “) but I do get a serious echo vibe in how it‘s written 8mo
AnnR I think Ronny just wanted to make certain his mother couldn't testify and Mrs. Moore wasn't feeling well enough (mentally or physically) to argue. Otherwise, I totally get everyone's comments above. Self-absorbed characters and a lot of unproductive blah, blah, blah. 8mo
Bklover Poor Mrs. Moore has just finally reached her limit, hasn‘t she! She‘s just got nothing left to give. For some reason I almost find her a bit funny. 😬😉 (edited) 8mo
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#HashtagBrigade I wanted to love this, since I loved the first three books by Forster that I‘ve read. And sometimes I did love it. The language is lush and beautiful. The descriptions of the Hindu and Muslim faiths were entrancing. The prejudices of the different races and religions were very apparent. Except I‘ve never understood racism and religionism. The exchange between Aziz and Mrs. Moore in the mosque and the exchange between (cont)⬇️

CatLass007 Aziz and Mrs. Moore‘s son, Ralph, were almost dreamlike. And I still want to bash everyone‘s heads together for their stupid behavior. Maybe I don‘t understand the mindset of any character in this book. Maybe that‘s what made it so difficult for me to make it through. But it‘s been so many years since I read anything by Forster that I‘m considering re-reading it to see how my perspective has changed. And I‘d try reading more Forster also. 8mo
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BarkingMadRead
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willaful This was a complicated chapter. Adela is so confused and suggestible -- perhaps normal after being traumatized like this. There's nothing that explains why she ever thought it was Aziz to begin with. She's definitely a very unreliable witness. That's probably not going to help poor Aziz though. :-( 8mo
Bklover Loved todays hashtags! You‘re right- Mrs. Moore is definitely crabby. @willaful Yes- no one has said “what makes you think it was Aziz in the first place?”!! 8mo
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Bookwormjillk Did she ever accuse Aziz or did Ronny just assume? What‘s up with Mrs. Moore? Is she still mad about the cave?? 8mo
BarkingMadRead @willaful so true! And they never really say why she thought it was him or who she told! I hope they do! @Bookwormjillk as far as I know, we don‘t know who she told or what she said! I hope that info comes out! 8mo
jenniferw88 I think we're meant to assume that she told Miss Derek at the car, and Miss Derek drives her straight to the station. 8mo
Morr_Books @jenniferw88 I agree. I also got the impression from this chapter that Adela thought it was Dr Aziz because she assumed he followed her into the cave, so it had to be him. 8mo
jenniferw88 @Bookwormjillk Mrs Moore has lost her faith in religion and God and this is draining her emotions. 8mo
dabbe @Bookwormjillk Ever since Mrs. Moore experienced the echo, she seems to have adopted an almost existential “why care?“ kind of way of living. 8mo
Morr_Books At this point, I feel that Mrs. Moore is partly crabby, because she thinks all this is ridiculous. I'm frustrated because it seems she believes in Dr Aziz's innocence but won't speak won't go public....maybe cuz everyone views her as a crabby old woman...? 8mo
jenniferw88 @dabbe exactly! 8mo
AnnR This was a difficult chapter to read. Not in the literary sense but on an emotional level. 8mo
Bklover @dabbe Yes- well said! 8mo
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BarkingMadRead
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Morr_Books I appreciate this chapter solely because it allowed me to catch up on the reading. 😆 8mo
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dabbe @Morr_Books 🤣🤣🤣 I never was so excited to see such a short chapter! 🤩 8mo
Bklover Yawn 🥱. See you tomorrow!😆 8mo
willaful I didn't want to stop -- next chapter looks very exciting! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks I have found it so interesting that these random short “nothing really happened“ chapters have been scattered throughout! Such an intriguing writing method. 8mo
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Bookwormjillk This chapter was upsetting...but really people still do the same thing. It reminded me of a school board meeting in my city actually. 8mo
AnnR Ronny is such a jerk. He only cares about his own reputation. 8mo
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Ruthiella @Bookwormjillk Yes. The behavior is very familiar, very human, just in a different time period and context. 8mo
peanutnine Poor Fielding. He simply wants justice in an unjust world 😞 8mo
jenniferw88 This chapter references the Indian Mutiny of 1857 (2nd paragraph) 8mo
dabbe And I just don't know how to feel about Adela at this point. 8mo
Bookwormjillk @dabbe Right??? We need to hear from Adela. 8mo
Bklover I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! @bookwormjillk I felt really agitated after reading this chapter, and this very minute I don‘t like anyone but Fielding. I know it was a different time but I didn‘t like some of the language either. People can be real assholes. Oh, and @BarkingMadRead this is Chapter 20, correct? Just want to make sure I‘m reading the right stuff. 8mo
BarkingMadRead @Bklover yea! Good catch, I‘ll edit that! 8mo
Bklover @BarkingMadRead ❤️❤️❤️ I have no idea how you do all that you do and still have time to read at all! 8mo
BarkingMadRead @Bklover I‘m retired 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8mo
Bklover @BarkingMadRead I am too!! You are just seriously amazing. (I think I‘m also lazy). 8mo
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“The had started speaking of 'women and children'--that phrase the exempts the male from sanity when it has been repeated a few times.“

Part of the fascination of reading older books is seeing how little human nature actually change over time.

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Bklover Poor Aziz is falling apart! Fielding is definitely going out on a limb for him. 8mo
Bookwormjillk I wish Fielding could get in touch with Miss Quested! Very frustrating 😖 8mo
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AnnR It's interesting how much of the focus in the book switches to Fielding. In a way, he's like the glue that holds the whole story together. 8mo
BarkingMadRead @AnnR I totally agree. And @Bookwormjillk I was thinking the same. If one hand knew what the other hand was doing, all of this could be resolved quickly! 8mo
dabbe @AnnR If it were a detective story, he'd be our Sherlock Holmes! #sherlocked 😃 8mo
mcctrish Everyone just talks in circles #wherestheguywithbluntheadtrauma 8mo
TheAromaofBooks I think it's interesting how everyone just seems resigned to the situation - all of the Indians don't seem to care if Aziz is innocent or guilty, it's just time to “rally the team“ - and the same with the English. It's so much more about us vs. them than it is about justice or whether or not Aziz did anything! 8mo
BarkingMadRead @TheAromaofBooks yes! Nobody seems to want to find the truth, they just want to do battle! 8mo
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Ch 18: Fielding is trying to investigate what he thinks is the truth #pooradela #soscary #ithinkitwastheservant #thatheadtilt #maybetocoveramark #staytuned #pemberlittens #hashtagbrigade
Also, ladies, so that we can finish in time, we will start reading two chapters a day on the 24th. I‘ll post a heads up again in a few days

Bookwormjillk Poor Adela. Poor Aziz. (edited) 8mo
BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk I feel like it‘s a huge confusion that somebody better clear up. The real criminal ran away. 8mo
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Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRead yes, and could do it again while Aziz is in jail for no reason 8mo
BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk yes! Ugh! They will get this straightened out 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 8mo
jenniferw88 It's very hard for me not to say anyhing but 🤐 8mo
Bklover I oop‘sed and read ahead (the chapter breaks in the middle of the page!😳) so I‘m with @jenniferw88 🫢🤐 8mo
dabbe @Bklover @jenniferw88 I read ahead, too. You get to a point where you just can't stop! 🤫🤐🤩 8mo
willaful I'm very scared for Aziz. He has one friend on his side but I doubt anyone else has any interest in discovering the truth. 8mo
Daisey I got a little ahead in this section but not enough for any real answers yet. I‘m not sure I‘ll be able to stop listening when I pick it up again. 8mo
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Bookwormjillk This is so confusing. How did everything happen so fast? 8mo
AnnR I think Adela is confused and Dr Aziz is paying the price for it. 8mo
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BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk right?! Too fast! And @AnnR I totally agree! 8mo
Ruthiella We saw earlier with Mrs. Moore that the caves are disorienting. With all Adela‘s worry about Ronnie and her engagement, who knows what she “thinks” happened vs what really happened…🤔 8mo
dabbe Just like the song from Urban Cowboy: Adela was “Looking for love in all the wrong places.“ She and Aziz were talking about marriage right before Aziz went into a cave. Then she's thinking all about Ronny and how she doesn't love him and goes into a cave. Throughout the whole book, she's always 👀 for something better. Heat (it was hot) can bring about hallucinations, too. And there's the guide with his head to the side until he runs away. 🤔 (edited) 8mo
jenniferw88 And this is why I chose this book for #titlesandtunes #dramaqueen @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 8mo
willaful This is so distressing. I can't bear to think about what's going to happen to Aziz. 8mo
BarbaraBB Perfect choice 😀 @jenniferw88 (edited) 8mo
CatLass007 As a proudly woke woman, I have the urge to reach through the book and slap everyone until they come to their senses. Sadly, they are products of their time. But I‘ve read other books by Forster and enjoyed them immensely. His prose is lovely, for one thing. And he renders each character so well. 8mo
Cinfhen I love all the buddy readers comments! I‘ve never read Forster 8mo
Cinfhen Well played @jenniferw88 8mo
Bklover Poor Aziz! @dabbe Do you think the guard has his head turned to the side because he did think something was going on? I think Adela is mistaken! 8mo
dabbe @Bklover Ooh, that's a great thought! I totally think Adela was mistaken, too! I feel like she's trying to grab the spotlight for some reason. 8mo
Bklover @dabbe I think so too! 8mo
mcctrish I feel like I‘m in the cave because I have no idea what the hell happened 8mo
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#bookreport @Cinfhen

Continued Passage and Medici
Finished The Paper Chase
Started & finished People Love Dead Jews

Cinfhen I really was WOWed by the Horn - she‘s such a good writer 8mo
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I am taking some time today to catch up on this read with the #pemberlittens ! I got a bit behind this week. @BarkingMadRead
#SummerEndReadathon @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Great plan! 8mo
BarkingMadRead Love this pic! 8mo
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CatLass007 Hey, I‘ve caught up with y‘all! 8mo
Bookwormjillk What the heck was that?? 8mo
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dabbe And what the heck does this mean? Right after Aziz left his cave (after spending only 1 minute in it), comes this line: “When he returned, he found the guard, alone, with HIS HEAD ON ONE SIDE.“ Eh? What? Why? 🤔 8mo
willaful I'm scared to read on. 😳 8mo
Bklover @dabbe How can your head be on one side?! @BarkingMadRead I thought he just assumed she was in that car- made it easier than assuming she is lost? 8mo
Bklover @CatLass007 Yay!! 😊😘 8mo
CatLass007 @Bklover I just started listening to the audiobook a couple of days ago. I find it difficult to listen to more than one book at a time. 8mo
BarkingMadRead @Bklover that‘s what I was thinking! @dabbe I have no clue, so weird 8mo
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jenniferw88 Deleted that post - but please keep tagging me ! 8mo
Bookwormjillk She‘s right to stress! 8mo
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Bklover She should stress! What a mistake that will be!! 8mo
willaful I feel like this can not end well. And I'm worried about Mrs. Moore. 8mo
AnnR It seems like both ladies are having mental breakdowns but for different reasons. What a time for it though, especially since Dr. Aziz will certainly get blamed for something as he's #caughtinthemiddle of all this. 8mo
dabbe So Aziz gets angry at her so-called-are-you-a-polygamist comment and goes into a cave. She follows in a meandering fashion and also goes into “A“ cave, not “THE“ cave. She's alone perhaps? Where's the guide? #ruhroh all over this chapter's ending. 😱 8mo
mcctrish This is a hot mess 8mo
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TheAromaofBooks My feelings towards this book are all over the place 😂 8mo
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BarkingMadRead @TheAromaofBooks omg mine too 🤣 8mo
dabbe @BarkingMadRead Same here! It's hard to pinpoint true personalities when all of them say and do weird things. Is that how we're supposed to feel? 🤔 8mo
Bklover Me too with all of you! Did anyone feel completely depressed after reading the last two paragraphs about Mrs. Moore??? Poor thing! 8mo
mcctrish #foraninstantshewentmad I feel like this sums up people pleasers aka women 😫 no matter what happens, just suck it up and pretend it‘s fine #imfineitsfineeverythingisfine 8mo
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Bookwormjillk So they‘re only going for what? A half day? 9mo
TheBookHippie Can you post the schedule again for the next reads 😵‍💫🤦🏻‍♀️🫣🙃😘 9mo
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Bklover Made me laugh that poor Aziz spent the night at the station so he wouldn‘t be late. Can‘t wait to see how he handles this on his own ! 9mo
dabbe Aziz on his own? This can't be good. #ruhroh 9mo
julieclair Uh oh… the #whatcouldgowrong hashtag has appeared. It strikes fear into my heart! 😱😰 8mo
BarkingMadRead @julieclair 9 times out of 10 I‘m totally on the ball with that one 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
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Ch 12: the Marabar Caves that @jenniferw88 is so excited about 🤣 #letthedramabegin #beautifullydescriptive #pemberlittens #hashtagbrigade

AnnR Well, no people drama yet and surely there will be #drama. The caves sound majestic but dark and ominous. Maybe this chapter is a foreshadowing of things to come. Ahhh, Dr Aziz. What did you get yourself into? 9mo
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CatLass007 That is a gorgeous photograph. Looks like someplace I‘d to visit in my next life. I hopefully will get started on A Passage to India today. I had to press the pause button to listening to two books set in India which, coincidentally, have the same narrator. 9mo
willaful Very beautiful writing. I'm really curious about these caves now. 9mo
dabbe The “descent into darkness“ stage of The Hero's Quest is about to commence. da-da-da-dum ... #channelingthejawssong 9mo
BarkingMadRead @dabbe 🦈🦈🤣🤣 9mo
Bklover Well that was a very long but beautiful description. Can‘t wait to explore the caves! 9mo
mcctrish I feel like people are about to get lost and won‘t know if they had a good time or not #soundslikehell 😆 9mo
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

Continue A Passage to India
Finish Medici Murders and The Paper Chase

Cinfhen Is that a photo you took?? It has all the fall vibes!!! 9mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen no, it's a background from my collage app. I'm no where near as good as this! 9mo
Cinfhen It‘s such a striking image 😍 9mo
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AnnR Woohoo! Heat Miser! I love The Year Without a Santa Claus. 9mo
BarkingMadRead @AnnR me toooooo!! 9mo
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Bookwormjillk I would read a book that was just about what squirrels are doing around the world right now. 9mo
Librarybelle It was like it‘s so hot Forster does not have the energy to say more 😂 9mo
BarkingMadRead @Librarybelle I‘m kind of impressed that he spent a page and a half just to say it‘s hot 🤣🤣🤣 9mo
Librarybelle Right??? 9mo
mcctrish Chapter 10: and it was hot…… (edited) 9mo
dabbe Hot is right up my Phoenix alley! 🔥 113 yesterday, supposed to be 111 today.

“He's Mr. Green Christmas; he's Mr. Sun. He's Mr. Heat Blister. He's Mr. Hundred and One. (That's all? That ain't nothin'! 🤣) I need the Snow Miser!
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willaful @BarkingMadRead That's what we read these old books for. 😁 9mo
Bklover It‘s hot and everyone went home. 🔥☀️🔥 9mo
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Today's weather in India, as today's chapter is a good one to talk about it.

The heat makes things quite unbearable & influences behaviour of those who live there.

The British don't appreciate the sun.

#theweatherisacharacter #mentionsof #thunderstorms #hotweather #coldweather #rain #sun #rereadingthisshowsme #thatsomeofthesechaptersareunnecessary #likethisone #andtheweirdones #justgettothecavesforster! #hashtagbrigade @BarkingMadRead @dabbe

dabbe The Brits probably don't appreciate it because they hardly ever get to see it! 🤣 9mo
jenniferw88 @dabbe we have in the last week 😂 9mo
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#bookreport @Cinfhen

Continued Passage, Medici & Paper Chase.
Started & finished The Key to Rebecca.

Cinfhen Is that a new Follett?? Is it part of any of his series??? 9mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen No, it's not new (1980!) and it's a stand-alone. 9mo
Cinfhen Did you like it? Was it a chunkster? 9mo
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perfectsinner That Follett is on my want to reads list 🙂 9mo
Bklover I remember The Key to Rebecca! I loved all his stand-alone books. Most weren‘t chunksters and had more of a thriller vibe if I recall correctly (which means I definitely could be wrong!). I loved The Third Twin, Eye of the Needle, and Whiteout. @Cinfhen 9mo
Cinfhen Hahahaha thanks @Bklover I remember Eye of the needle which was definitely a suspenseful read! I have a feeling that his books might feel dated now🤷🏼‍♀️ is it reading that way, Jenny?? 9mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen definitely a thriller! I wouldn't know if it was dated, I'm afraid. It might not be for you though - dual pov (hero & villain) - villains are anti-semitic - they're spies trying to help Romnel win WW2 in Egypt. 9mo
Cinfhen Hmmm, I think I‘ll pass - thanks, Jenny ♥️ 9mo
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Bookwormjillk HA! Perfect picture!!! 9mo
jenniferw88 I don't have anything to add! 9mo
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BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk I have my shiny moments 🤣 9mo
mabell 🤣🤣 9mo
AnnR I'll just add #flies . 9mo
BarkingMadRead Omg @AnnR yes!! 9mo
dabbe Is it just me, or are all of these chapters just, well, weird? I'm looking for some character to like, but I ain't finding one yet. And I snorted out loud at today's image, @BarkingMadRead! 🤣🤣🤣 9mo
mcctrish @AnnR 🤢 would somebody please deal with them 🙏🏻 9mo
jenniferw88 @dabbe Mrs Moore is likeable! And Fielding. @AnnR the flies are a symbol of danger @mcctrish @BarkingMadRead 9mo
dabbe @jenniferw88 You know more than me. I‘ll give them a fair pass! 🤩 9mo
Bklover Today the hashtags were waaay more fun than the chapter. 9mo
Bklover Oh, and the photo is perfect!!! 9mo
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AnnR That was a weird chapter. 9mo
peanutnine I hate that Adela changed her mind back so quickly and didn't even discuss her misgivings with Ronny before jumping into their engagement 9mo
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willaful @peanutnine as I read it, she didn't actually mean to become engaged, just to take back her definite no, but it got away from her.

Impulsivity seems to be a common point amongst many of the main characters.
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peanutnine @willaful that's true. She did seem a bit regretful about it at least. Yes impulsivity is a huge theme already 9mo
dabbe @peanutnine That brings up the #IdiomInsight from a couple days ago: “Haste makes waste.“ 🤩 9mo
dabbe I can't help but see such a parallel between Adela&Ronny and Lucy&Cecil. Not the most compatible of couples, and Ronny/Cecil are revolting. 9mo
BarkingMadRead @dabbe omg yes!! 9mo
peanutnine @dabbe 💯 perfect comparison! 9mo
mcctrish How did this change happen?! #adelawhatsreyoudoing ? #buffalovshyena 🤔 Ronnie being bitchy about Aziz missing a collar pin 😡 9mo
Bklover @dabbe I do believe you are right!! They are both asses! 9mo
Bookwormjillk @dabbe good one! 9mo
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#hashtagbrigade @BarkingMadRead @dabbe

Up to the semi-colon represents India before the British occupation, it only got confused once we invaded.

Other thoughts:
The accident awakens their feelings of love, or at least lust. #theywillmarryafterall

Aziz - believing in superstition & evil is a defect of the East. The West has advanced because they believe in reason & logic.

dabbe “[O]nce we invaded“ ... yeah, we're great at that, aren't we? 😞

We're engaged; no, we're not; yes, we are. 🤩🤣🤗
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AnnCrystal 😥😩❤️‍🩹. 9mo
Bklover I think Ronny seemed human for just a second, and that was long enough for Adela to soften. (I‘m late commenting- sorry!) 9mo
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Question for @jenniferw88 and anyone else who‘s read this before… #Hashtagbrigaide is about 1/4 of the way through now and I‘m excited about reading something written in ‘24 that was already exploring race relations and colonialism, and there are passages of exquisite writing that pop up occasionally and make me happy, BUT most of the time this just makes me angry,⬇️⬇️⬇️

IndoorDame both cause most of our expat characters are so detestable that listening to them talk is painful, and cause it‘s grating to see the ways this is clearly a white foreigner‘s perspective … I‘m wondering if this is going to turn into a story I‘m likely to get lost in, or just continue on explicating life there in the same fashion? 9mo
jenniferw88 I'd suggest trying to get to just after the caves (chapter 17), as I'm not sure. If it helps I can post a comment with spoilers. 9mo
IndoorDame @jenniferw88 thank you!! that definitely helps. I was feeling a bit unmoored in this one and I think that‘s the structure I need to figure out if this is for me 9mo
dabbe Something climatic is going to happen in those caves; I just know it! 😃 9mo
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'He had discovered that it is possible to keep in with Indians and Englishmen...' - Fielding contends that English women can never be friends with Indian men, as disasters happen.

#yesimshippingfieldingandazizagain

Fielding & Aziz forge an instant friendship despite racial differences.

Adela's not going to marry Ronny - 'I'm afraid I can't do that'.

#herecomethecaves!

#hashtagbrigade @BarkingMadRead @dabbe

dabbe #ruhroh 😱 9mo
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jenniferw88 @BookwormAHN I hope you don't mind me posting too 😂 9mo
BarkingMadRead @jenniferw88 I‘m so confused 🤣🤣 these are my posts….. 9mo
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AnnR Things were going okay until party pooper Ronny barged in to check up his mom. Aziz doesn't help any by inflaming the situation. He is just too impulsive and seems a bit full of himself. 9mo
BarkingMadRead @AnnR #everypartyneedsapooper 🤣🤣 Ronny is so rude and so clueless 9mo
jenniferw88 @AnnR I think he's checking up on Adela more than his Mum - he's thinking she's going to be his wife, whilst his Mum is old - Mrs Moore is basically there to chaperone Adela. 9mo
AnnR @jenniferw88 Good point. 9mo
Bookwormjillk I have to watch the movie. The images you post are cracking me up. They all just look…confused. 9mo
BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk I know 🤣🤣 9mo
julieclair Those facial expressions! Such a hoot! It was amazing how the whole vibe of the party just deflated the moment Ronny showed up. And Aziz... I can't decide whether he is naive or sly. 🤔 9mo
Bklover @Bookwormjillk I‘m with you- I‘m going to have to see this movie! 😂 9mo
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Bookwormjillk I'm not a fan either. 9mo
Morr_Books I am reserving my feelings on Aziz. I like the fact that he is kinda rebellious and doing his own thing, but also that may mean that he is feeling a bit too self-important. 9mo
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dabbe I can't tell if I like him yet or not either. Serious foreboding to me, though, when Ronny says he doesn't like that Adela was alone with two men. That's a #ruhroh if I ever saw one! 😃

Also, is Adela telling Aziz that she's not staying in India an unconscious way of saying she doesn't want to marry Ronny? 🤔
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BarkingMadRead Ok now I feel like I read the wrong chapter or something, Adela met Aziz?!? 9mo
julieclair I think Aziz is ruled too much by emotions and whims, and I fear it will get him into trouble. 9mo
jenniferw88 @BarkingMadRead Adela didn't meet Aziz! @julieclair you're 100% correct with your thoughts, and the fear (I'd say) is 95% right - what happens is rather ambiguous so this isn't a spoiler 😂! 9mo
julieclair @jenniferw88 Ooohhh.... can't wait to see what happens!! 9mo
mcctrish Aziz feels like he makes up rules as he goes and he might piss everyone off but interesting that despite the Colander ( I am making up names for these stupid English people ) being fed up with Aziz, Mrs Graystone would have faired better with Aziz as a surgeon in Colander‘s opinion 9mo
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dabbe Thanks! 🤗 9mo
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#hashtagbrigade @BarkingMadRead @dabbe

Pic is from the film's scene of the Bridge Party.

Mrs Moore & Adela are sad that there is no interaction between British & Indians.

'European costume had lighted like a leprosy' - British impact on Indian culture (first modern curry house in UK 1915).

'He's - hullo!' Panna Lal - Indian politician who sat in the lower house in the Parliament of India as a member of the Indian National Congress. ⬇️

jenniferw88 The Collector (Turton) isn't genuine ⬇️ 9mo
jenniferw88 The description of the hills give them a living force, they're scary and creepy too! ⬇️ 9mo
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jenniferw88 The treatment of Indians by the British and Anglo-Indians is NOT a side-issue Ronny! 😡😡😡 #wellsaidmrsmoore ⬇️ 9mo
jenniferw88 Ronny doesn't like his mum's relogious strain, but associates it with her age and ill-health, when in fact it's been with her her whole life. She tells him it's the British people's job to be pleasant to the Indians, as this is the Christian thing to do. #quiterighttoo #weinvadedthem #iftheydinvadeduswedwanttobetreatedkindlytoo 9mo
dabbe Thanks for the insight! 🤗 9mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig Y'all I'm gonna Bail on this one. I'm struggling to get into it. I have a very limited amount of time to read this month. So going to concentrate on things I really want to read. I do want to join in with Nov read 9mo
julieclair I continue to be disappointed with the way the English people behave. Adela and Mrs. Moore are the only women being friendly. They are good role models, if only the other women would follow their example. 9mo
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Ruthiella With so many unspoken rules on both sides which neither side fully understands, it was bound to fail. 😕 9mo
Morr_Books I like Mrs. Moore & Adela right now more than any other characters. Also - the comment about using religion when it suits their purpose was interesting and relevant in most of history. 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh hey, I am reading this one but think I may have fallen off the tag list!! 9mo
dabbe My husband is currently reading a book entitled AMERICAN COLONIES. Getting the exact same vibes with this one. Let the white man dominate and “civilize“ those darker-skinned people. Yikes. 😬 9mo
Bklover @Morr_Books Yes!!! 9mo
TheBookHippie GADS I feel behind- it's a little nutty here. I will catch up soon! This is a reread for me thank goodness just have to refresh my old brain!! 9mo
mcctrish Here I am slowly getting caught up, back to school is kicking my butt. I loved that Mrs Turdball‘s English is actually understood #sheisdispicable and Adela and Mrs Moore are making acquaintances 👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
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