Readerly Rambles: Two Books

readerly ramblesTo Let is the last installment of John Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga detailing the drama-filled life of the wealthy Forsyte family. Galsworthy would go on to write two more three-book episodes concerning this changing family through the generations. To Let is the story of Soame’s daughter, Fleur, and Irene’s son, Jon, falling in love and the stress it brings on those two hurting families. It is also about the trouble that arises when one keeps family secrets from the young and doesn’t encourage open communication.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler is narrated by struggling college student, Rosemary Cooke. Rosemary’s brother left home as a teenager and her sister, Fern, has been missing since she was Rosemary was five years-old. It is very difficult to write about this book without spoilers, but I can tell you that this book is also about the trouble that arises when one keeps family secrets from the young and doesn’t encourage open communication.

Yes. Wildly different plots and characters, but — oddly — similar Truths in these novels I adored them both, but I absolutely wept during the Fowler book. SO GOOD.

~~~ Stats ~~~

To Let by John Galsworthy

Started: 7 April 2015

Finished: 13 April 2015

Pages: 230

Challenges:

Owned/Borrowed/Library: owned

Stars: 4.5 out of 5 stars
~~~ Stats ~~~

We Are All Simply Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Started: 14 April 2015

Finished: 19 April 2015

Pages: 310

Challenges:

Owned/Borrowed/Library: library

Stars: 5 out of 5 stars

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One comment

  1. I keep seeing “buzz” about the Fowler book here and there. I’m going to add it to my ever-growing list. I have yet to settle on a Readathon stack. Partly because we’ve got interruptions during the day Saturday which have me a little frustrated. My stack changes daily…ah well, I’ll figure it out by Saturday. 🙂 Happy Reading!

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