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A Good Place To Start

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A Room With A View 3
Howard's End 2

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A Passage to India 1

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alexismacnab March 2nd, 2010 07:35 PM PST

I have to go with A Room With A View as the best place to start, even though I started with Howard's End. One has to be in a certain mood to plunge into Howard's End, as it begins with a very effusively feminine letter and a seemingly unrelated description about a house. I started it a few times before I got hooked. Room, on the other hand, gets to the point more quickly and is easier to fall for. They are both excellent books, but Room I feel is slightly lighter weight because of its fairy tale structure. Howard's has an excellent plot twist that left me literally gasping in the subway as I read, which is always fun. Both are satisfying in the way gourmet meals are - upon finishing one feels nourished and luxurious at the same time.

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