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Flowering Wilderness (The Forsyte Chronicles #8)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The nine novels which make up The Forsyte Chronicles - one of the most popular and enduring works of 20th century literature - chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family between 1886 and 1920. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 23rd 2004 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published 1932)
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Sara Giacalone
Beautifully written and deeply moving, this is Galsworthy at his absolute best. I do hesitate to read the next one - the final one in the series. It feels as if Galsworthy became more pessimistic about love, and its ability to endure trauma (or testing) over time. I love the family and the characters (except for that selfish Wilfred), and want them to be happy in the end. But will they?
Judith Klinghoffer
This is a book written by a mature man wishing to use the Forsyte popularity to express his view of the British lower aristocracy. Amazingly, the issues he chooses are more than current - The divergence of attitudes towards animals between Westerners and others and the problem of Muslim violence. It is rather enlightening to find that just like current liberals, his tolerance has not boundaries when it comes to Islam. A Sudanese Muslim fanatic offering his hero, a poet, a choice between death an ...more
K.M. Weiland
Much of the vim and focus of the earlier Forsyte Saga is missing here, as other reviewers have pointed out. But it's important to realize this is a trilogy of its own, not meant to continue the Forsytes' story. As such, it is a deeply interesting study in its own right. All in all, I find the Charwells a more likable bunch than the Forsytes. And Galsworthy's gently ironic prose remains a delight. But that aside, it's the meat he offers, the discussions of meaningful societal and moral problems, ...more
Simon
More than any relationship since Soames and Irene, the courting of Wilfrid and Dinny challenges allegiances and prejudices. I never knew where the story would go. This is narrative control of the highest order, characterisation you care about and the larger themes painted in both broad, confident, telling strokes and in minute detail. A contender for my favourite of the lot.
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Rita
Didn't like this as much because it was mainly a 'what happened after' Maid in Waiting & it was all about Dinny's relationship with Wifred Desert.
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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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