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Reviews about historical, literary, classic, and other fiction.  Miscellaneous book things.

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Complete Short Stories (Virago Modern Classics)
Joanna Kingham, Elizabeth Taylor

In Chancery by John Forsyte

The Forsyte Saga - John Galsworthy, Geoffrey Harvey

A continuation of the Forsyte Chronicles, I think I liked this one a little bit less than The Man of Property, but it was still enjoyable.  I missed some of the characters from the previous book, but there was still plenty of drama to keep things interesting.  I do wish there were more of Irene's perspective, rather than treating her as a thing of beauty and not a whole person (which I think was one of Virginia Woolf's criticisms of these books).

This series continues to be a bit of a guilty pleasure, as it's a rather richly done -- and engrossing -- soap opera.  The historical tidbits interspersed throughout make it more interesting and help make the time period more vivid.