Oh, what a discovery!
Initially, found the book so sluggish, especially of course as nothing much actually happens in these aristocratic circles. Then, out of the blue, the pace quickens, the characters evolve (oh my gosh, May!!) and the whole book comes vividly alive. Found myself marking passages with pencil in the borders, and gasping as events unfurl and the trap sets in indomitably.
Was sorry to reach the end of the book, and gawd those last few pages make me wince with anguish even now. The film is quite splendid and very faithful to the novel, but it would be a shame not to read the book even if you have seen the film because it is so exquisite. At the risk of repeating myself, oh, what a discovery!
Read : years ago.
Rating : a resounding 10/10 – A FAVOURITE READ
Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize