Set during the years that England ruled India, A Passage to India
explores the tensions created when different religious and ethnic groups share a country.
For the most part, I was extremely bored with this book. The social conflicts between the British and the Indians were interesting for a little while, but then it just started feeling tedious and repetitive. Nothing truly interesting happened until more than halfway through the book. I couldn't get into the story, and my mind wandered a lot while I was reading. I also had some trouble following the dialogue. The characters change subjects quickly, and the author rarely uses dialogue tags in a way that's actually helpful.
I do understand why this book won so many awards and why it's on the "Books To Read Before You Die" list. I think it's an accurate portrayal of human behavior. The Indians aren't vilified, and the British aren't heroes. It captures the complexity of India. There also aren't many books set in India during this time period, so it's a unique story. However, I was bored out of my mind while trying to get through it.