Our books for October feature two secluded communities (of sorts). The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell and The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy.
The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell
Based on the Siege of Lucknow, which occurred during the First War of Indian Independence, (also known as the Indian Mutiny) in 1857. Farrell's descriptions of the life inside the British Residency are simultaneously horrifying and blackly humorous. Beautifully written, unforgettable characters, and a cracking story, it won the Booker Prize in 1973.
The Woodlanders, Thomas Hardy. When country-girl Grace Melbury returns home from her middle-class school she feels she has risen above her suitor, the simple woodsman Giles Winterborne. Though marriage had been discussed between her and Giles, Grace finds herself captivated by Dr. Edred Fitzpiers, a sophisticated newcomer to the area - a relationship that is encouraged by her socially ambitious father. Hardy's novel of betrayal, disillusionment and moral compromise depicts a secluded community coming to terms with the disastrous impact of outside influences.