The Silver Spoon is an easy introduction to one of the most durable writers of the 20th century.
There’s no need to have read earlier books in John Galsworthy’s three-trilogy Forsyte Chronicles (Spoon is the fifth book of the nine) to follow the story.
The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy
Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926. 320 p. 1926 bestseller #6. My grade: A-.
When Fleur’s father overhears a woman make disparaging remarks about Fleur at one of her parties, he makes a scene. Instead of protecting Fleur, his defense makes her social group snub her as ridiculously old-fashioned and hypocritical.
Fleur is determined not to be thwarted in her social ambitions as she was thwarted in love.
Michael knows Fleur is merely fond of him. He has thrown himself into politics in hopes of influencing England’s future since he cannot win his wife’s love.
Although usually described as a social satirist, Galsworthy writes with both realism and compassion.
He likes his characters, even though he sees their faults. He loves his country, too, though he sees its flaws.
Like Fleur, England has a silver spoon it’s unwilling to give up.
Contemporary readers may wonder if the same might be said of America.
©2016 Linda Gorton Aragoni