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My first was Room with a View. My fave is A Passage to India, marginally ahead of The Longest Journey.
BrokenTune 5 months ago
I have a feeling I'll be reading or re-reading Forster's other books soon, too.

I barely remember Room with a View but I did really like Passage to India, too, tho "like" is probably not the word. I haven't read The Longest Journey, yet.
It's way more stylistically experimental than any of the others.
BrokenTune 5 months ago
Ooh, that sounds really good. I've been curious what it would look like when EMF experiments with style.
Haven't read Aspects of the Novel, yet, either....nor Maurice.
I hardly remember Maurice. Aspects of the Novel was the first book of criticism I ever read.
"Howards End" is definitely "personal canon" to me as well. I was bowled over by "Passage to India" and kind of like "Room With a View", but neither comes close to "Howards End". Have yet to read "Where Angels Fear to Tread", "Maurice", and the whole of "Aspects of the Novel" -- I've read individual passages of the latter, though.
BrokenTune 5 months ago
Howards End really is one of the few books that I can read over and over and still be blown away by it. It also usually takes me a couple of days on finishing to "step out" of Forster's world again. Such a great read.
Needless to say, Forster ruined a lot of other books for me by setting such a high standard with this one. I first read this one in my teens, so a lot of other books that were "hip" at the time or even followed after that exposure to Forster just didn't even pass the first chapter test...
The very definition of personal canon! :D

I was in my 20s when I first read it, but yeah, my reaction was pretty much the same. Well, that and thinking "finally I've discovered a book that's up to the standards of Jane Austen and 'Jane Eyre'" ...