Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Beginning: The Rich are Different by Susan Howatch


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I was in London when I first heard of Dinah Slade. She was broke and looking for a millionaire, while I was rich and looking for a mistress. From the start we were deeply compatible.

-- The Rich are Different by Susan Howatch. This is one of those sprawling, intergenerational sagas that were so popular in the 1970s. I ate them up in Junior High, including this one, although I don't remember anything about the plot now.

Howatch knows how to weave a yarn. This one starts in the 1920s, when the heroine -- a 21-year-old, precocious, bluestocking with a Cambridge degree and a moldering Norfolk mansion -- charms a New York banker into her bed and out of a loan sufficient to pay the debt on her mansion and launch her cosmetics company. I love these big, shaggy stories.


  1. I can see how they would fit.

  2. I love these kinds of stories too. It would be interesting to read a story written in the 1970s and compare it to what's out there today. I'll look for this book.

  3. I was never able to get into the sweeping epic style stories I'm afraid. I seem to prefer compact and intricate for some reason.

  4. lol that's quite an interesting opening! Happy reading :)

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  5. I like this beginning. Funny. Truthful. Short and to the point. This sounds like a narrator who can be trusted.

  6. That is quite a beginning! Also, how fortuitous that they knew about each other! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a good weekend!
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  7. I just love sagas. Don't know how I missed this one when it was first published. Have to add it to my TBR list.

  8. Wow what a beginning! I'm not broke but am always on the lookout for a millionaire! Thanks for hosting, I love book beginnings.


  9. I love that beginning! It's so romantic :) Here is my Book Beginning!


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