I came to this one with no prior exposure to Galsworthy. Had never seen the BBC version or read it. I expected a Merchant & Ivory experience. I was so..Show More » intrigued to find that, instead of being melodramatic or stuffy, it's a wickedly funny satire. I grinned from start to finish. The narrator is perfect. This type of humor has to be delivered deadpan. It is a family saga with all the tragedies and connections that entails, and the plot is wonderful. I'm surprised, however, that nobody had ever told me it's funny. Oh well. As James Forsyte would say, "I don't know. Can't tell. Nobody tells me ANYTHING."
... for this masterpiece of writing and narration. Galsworthy's tender, wicked irony is perfectly captured and conveyed by David Case, who is THE mas..Show More »ter among book readers. Each character has his or her distinctive voice which perfectly expresses the personality Galsworthy intended. The richness of the relationships, the vivid social commentary, the HUMOR, are indeed Nobel Prize material.
I'm now listening to the whole series of nine novels for the third time, and the experience is as rich this time as it was the first. It's more than just fiction. It's a poem, an opera, a feast.
I've just finished the second volume and the story keeps getting better! One note about the recording: in the last hour of the recording there is som..Show More »e repetition of material just read and there seems to be a short section that's out-of-order. Might be best to have the book in hand for the last 10-15 pages.