I recently joined the The Classics Club. Each month there is a meme – a question to answer and this is my first one.
Tell us about the classic book(s) you’re reading this month. You can post about what you’re looking forward to reading in May, or post thoughts-in-progress on your current read(s).
I’ve just started to read A Man of Property the first book in the Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy, a book I’ve been meaning to read for some years. My copy contains this first novel plus Indian Summer of a Forsyte. It begins in June 1886 with an ‘at home’ at the house of old Jolyon Forsyte to celebrate the engagement of Miss June Forsyte, old Jolyon’s granddaughter, to Mr Philip Bosinney, an architect. The rest of the family all attend and are introduced to the reader, explaining their relationships. There is a family tree at the beginning of the book that helps me to understand who they all are.
I watched the first TV dramatisation of The Forsyte Saga way back in 1967 and the later production in 2002, so I know the story – or at least I remember the gist of it and can visualise Damien Lewis as Soames Forsyte and Gina McKee as Irene (I even remember Nyree Dawn Porter as Irene!)
I think the sequence of books in the Saga is a little confusing, so I’ve listed the books to clarify the sequence for myself:
The first trilogy, comprising:
- A Man of Property published in 1906 followed by Indian Summer of a Forsyte: a short interlude, published in 1918 (I have this book, which is the version shown above).
- In Chancery published in 1920 and another short interlude: Awakening (1920) – I don’t have this.
- To Let published in 1921 – I don’t have this.
A Modern Comedy, written between 1924 and 1928. I have these books in one volume, called The Forsyte Saga Volume Two comprising:
- The White Monkey (1924)
- The Sliver Spoon (1926)
- Swan Song (1928)
But there are also Two Forsyte Interludes: A Silent Wooing / Passers By (1928)
On Forsyte Change (1930), which I don’t own.
And a further trilogy called End of the Chapter (I don’t own this), comprising:
- Maid in Waiting (1932)
- Flowering Wilderness (1933)
- Over the River (1933)
I think I’ve got that sorted out now!