The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy
In BriefSoames Forsyte is a wealthy Victorian thwarted by his inability to win the love of his wife, Irene. The ramifications of their failed marriage touch every generation of the Forsyte family as its fortunes ebb with the coming of the twentieth century.
Why you should read itThis is the book that spawned an entire genre of fiction, the family saga. Its author was that rare breed, a bestselling writer who enjoyed critical acclaim, even winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Forsyte Saga tackles big themes: the place of women in society, the conflict between materialism and art, the tragedy of gradual decline. It is a major work in every sense.