John Galsworthy's nine novels created the inimitable Forsyte family, exploring their triumphs and tragedies over four tumultuous decades. First filmed in the 1960s, the books came to life again in these two sweeping miniseries in 2002 and 2003, featuring Damian Lewis as Soames Forsyte and Gina McKee as Irene, plus an excellent supporting cast: Rupert Graves, Ioan Gruffuld, Corin Redgrave, Emma Griffiths Malin, and Lee Williams.
Once started, I could not put this book down; it is that compelling. I fully understand why John Galsworthy was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932. For those who love novels about England, The Forsyte Saga is a must read.
John Galsworthy OM (14 Aug 1867–31 Jan 1933), English novelist and playwright. Notable works include The Forsyte Saga (1906–1921) and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter. Through his writings he campaigned for a variety of causes, including prison reform, women's rights, animal welfare, and the opposition of censorship. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932.