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The Country House

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1907. English novelist and playwright, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932, Galsworthy became known for his portrayal of the British upper middle class and for his social satire. The novel begins: The year was 1891, the month October, the day Monday. In the dark outside the railway station at Worsted Skeynes Mr. Horace Pendyce's omnibus, his brougham, his ...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published 1907)
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Celia
Feb 17, 2013 Celia rated it really liked it
The only Galsworthy novels I had read before this were ALL NINE of the Forsyte Saga novels, and I guess I expected The Country House to be much the same. However, The Country House really surprised me. There is next to no action (The older son of a country squire loves a married woman and is named co-respondent in a divorce action brought by her husband, causing a great uproar.), and the novel actually focuses on the feelings of certain key members of "County" society: Squire Pendyce, his wife ...more
Peter
Oct 19, 2014 Peter rated it it was amazing
As a longtime devotee of Galsworthy in
general and The Forsyte Trilogies in particular, I was eager to read this and was not disappointed. It is prime, first rate Galsworthy written with supreme style and insight into his characters. Language and character are everything here. If you, like some reviewers, are looking for action and plot, there are other authors like Dickens and Trollope who will give you that. The Pendyces, like the Forsytes, are creatures of their society, struggling to keep th
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Todd
Jan 04, 2015 Todd rated it liked it
It seems to me that the title The Country House refers not just to the inherited property of the Pendyce family but to the Country House of England at the turn of the 20th century. A new age is approaching and the conservative land-owning class is under direct threat. In the Pendyce family, a divorce is threatened, and under the pressure of this threat it is possible to see where marriages, families, estates, and ways of life may be turned upside down. Galsworthy tells this story with great ...more
Nick
Aug 27, 2012 Nick rated it it was ok
I know that John Galsworthy was awarded the Nobel for literature in 1931. And I haven't read what people seem to consider his best work, the Forsyte Saga trilogy (only saw the movie). These being said, I found The Country House common. Neither brilliant, nor terribly bad. A bit simple, straight forward. I did not particularly regret reading it, but would not do it again, if given the choice.
Pete
Feb 25, 2012 Pete rated it really liked it
I liked the bit where Mrs Pendyce decided she had so little practice in saying bitter things that she could not think of any that were nice enough to put in her "bitter" letter.
Matthew Mainster
Jun 23, 2012 Matthew Mainster rated it it was ok
Wow. Wanted to like this so much because I loved the bbc's forsyte saga miniseries, but this was dullsville. Nothing happened! Only read a third of it.
Oana M.
Jun 13, 2012 Oana M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A simple story, with an ending which was not at all surprising. A bit boring, though, because the lack of action makes the reading a bit annoying.
Oliviajones
Sep 28, 2011 Oliviajones rated it it was amazing
Read this for delight of watching a master skewer the turn of the century British class system. Could be a quick read, but better read slowly for his exquisite choice of language and fine dry wit.
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John Galsworthy was an English novelist and playwright whose literary career spanned the Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian eras.

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
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