Books We’re Thankful For: The Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy

Posted by Suzanne Wallace
The Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy. This colossal tome is my touchstone.
I read it first in high school, and I still go back to particular passages from time to time. This was the first book that utterly floored me, that I filled with colored tags and notes in the margins. Whenever I reread it, I'm in high school again, melodramatically in love with a story. 

The Forsyte Saga is ridiculously long; it follows three generations of an upper-middle class London family, and even through their shallow worldview, Galsworthy manages to capture universal experiences. The biggest emotion in this book is the very relatable fear of never being able to measure up to your forebears.

Dang, this book! This was my first big lesson in grief, love, and the way people think, and I'm still learning from it.

Suzanne Wallace

Suzanne Wallace

Suzanne is cursed with the ability to spell almost any word. When she’s not churning out press releases, Suzanne enjoys fairy tales, Welsh Corgis, and baking pastries at 3AM. She has spent her entire life searching for an entrance to Narnia. If you've seen any mysterious wardrobes, please let her know. You can email her at [email protected].