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The concept of an island conjures up ideas of isolation, loneliness, and the rhythm of the sea lapping on the land; in both Forster’s and Orwell’s novels the Club functions as a habitat where the Anglo-Indian community gathers in isolation, apart from the rhythm of India or Burma which ebbs and flows around it. “Islandness,” as John Gillis and David Lowenthal (2007: iii) remind us, “is no longer associated only with waterbound places”. According to Stephen Royle (2001: 11), the “Two factors that make islands special are isolation and boundedness”…

-Ralph Crane, Reading the Club as Colonial Island in E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India and George Orwell’s Burmese Days


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