The Forsyte Saga (The Forsyte Chronicles #1-3)
This monumental trilogy by the Nobel Prize-winning author chronicles the lives of three generations of an upper-middle-class London family obsessed with money and respectability. The Forsyte Saga enormously influenced views held by Americans and Europeans of Victorian and Edwardian life and it remains an excellent contribution to social history and literary art.
We may not agree, but the statement reminds me of how powerful these names are in our culture, how we identify with th ...more
The Man of Property is the first book in what would eventually turn out to be the nine volume Forsyte Saga, the work for which Galsworthy is chiefly remembered. It was made into a TV series not so long ago, which is how I'd heard of it, but I hadn't read it until I picked it up to read in an airport recently in order to pass the time thanks to interminable flight delays. It really did quite nicely.
The writing is very much of its time - 1906 - and for those who are not used to ...more
There you have it. Nine hundred pages of delicious soap opera wrapped around sly commentary on the acquisitiveness and striving of the British upper-middle classes around the turn of the twentieth century. ...more
I found The Forsyte Saga on the shelf of my local library a couple of years ago and it has been a decided favorite of mine ever since. While “saga” is not the first word to come to mind when thinking about the British upper middle class in the later days of Victoria, it is apt. The story is a multigenerational examination of family and tradition in a time of transition, and it examines the various institutions and ideas that were under the most pressure to change as the British Empire declined f ...more
The book covers the period between 1886 and 1920 and tells the story of the Forsyte's and their struggle to have the most successful life at that time.
This volume is composed by three books: The Man of Property, In Chancery and To Let.
The first book describes the life of Soames Forsyte and his wife Irene. However, this marriage will have a lot of troublesome issues along the whole narrative. This will led to dramatic consequences for all For ...more
The solicitor Soames considers his wife Irene as his property, the way you do with beautiful paintings that you parade in front of others. The couple's marriage suffers from Irene's indifference, which Soames of course doesn't understand, because he doesn't se ...more
Because of the ridiculously small font in my copy of this I actually read it on my Kindle in the three separate volumes (The Man of Property, In Chancery & The Forsyte Saga: To Let) it was originally published in. For me, the sum of the three books taken together adds up to way more than if you consider each book individually. I would definitely recommend reading them as one book.
The book tells the tale of several generations of Forsytes; their failures, their successes, their families, their relationships, their thoughts, their worries and dreams. The saga contains multiple love relationships, some doom ...more
I do enjoy sprawling family sagas, and I really enjoyed this one too, but did not love it. John Galsworthy creates a main character, Soames Forsyte, that is just disagreeable to me. I did not think m ...more
Nothing so poignantly marks lame ass change as following a stuffy family through generations of trying to stuff away scandal. This was a more vivid and shocking read than, say, Middlemarch was. But the "study" of a family, and even of a people in a certain time, is still rock solid. It's enjoyable and strange, with all kinds of shocking little twists and weirdness.
From the late 1800's into the 1900's, I mean hot damn. CARS. SHORT HAIR. WEIRD ART. SCIENCE?! This poor author had nosta ...more
Chronicling three generations of an upper middle class British family it presents a lustrous portrait of the Victorian era bookended by personal restraint and societal constraints. At the center of it all is the hapless Soames Forsyth with his formidable commitment to the creation and perpetuation of familial wealth and position. Ultimately, this is an 850 page treatise on respectability set in quicksand.
Soames’ unreciprocated passion fo ...more
Well said, committee, and I’d agree with your judgment. Accordingly, I’m fascinated by the fact that hardly anyone has read this book. Or by the fact that no one reall ...more
The Beginning: Those privileged to be present at a family festival of the Forsytes have seen that charming and instructive sight – an upper middle-class family in full plumage.
The Forsyte Saga was an amazing journey. At first I found it a bit confusing because of the many characters, and there were parts I found a bit dull. But somewhere during the first part, it really got interesting. ...more
What an awesome novel! The 'interlude' "An Indian Summer of a Forsyte" starts some years after "The Man of Property" and is basically about Old Jolyon, his last months of life, how he has changed, how he now is baffled (and enjoying) the beauty of life and nature. I really liked this character... I don't know, it was very... enchanting.
But in "In Chancery", that takes place twelve years after the events in the first novel of the saga, Galsworthy is back again with his acute – and ver ...more
"Feminist!" repeated Soames [....] "Does that mean that you're against me?"
"Bluntly," said Jolyon, "I'm against any woman living with any man whom she definitely dislikes" (513).
Oh, Jolyon Forsyte, how could any modern reader resist you? Your definition of a feminist is, perhaps, a little simplistic ...more
I became very impatient with various characters at various points and vacillated between revulsion at one of the main characters ( ...more
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In addition to his prolific literary status, Galsworthy was also a renowned social activist. He was an outspoken advocate for the women's suffrage movement, prison reform and animal rights. Galsworthy was the president of PEN, an organization that sought to promote intern ...more