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The Forsyte Saga & A Modern Comedy (The Forsyte Chronicles #1-6)

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A modern comedy.
The man of property
In chancery.
To let.
The White Monkey.
The silver spoon.
Swan song.
Hardcover, 1052 pages
Published September 30th 1976 by William Heinemann (first published 1906)
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Caryn
Aug 22, 2012 Caryn rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Caryn by: PBS
Challenging to read. A complete history of the changing British empire from the late 1880s to post World War I, despite the fictional characters and stories. Reading the full series is like stepping into a time machine. The pictures are all realistic -- both dark and light. And fully human.

The details are incredible . . . from descriptions of business, law, social constructs dictating a proper marriage, and the impact of war and a shrinking colonial empire on all aspects of British society.

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Sep 19, 2015 Leslie Graff rated it liked it
I was elated to find the whole Forsyte Saga after falling in love with 'A Man of Property.' What I found was the more modern the story became, the less it held my interest. By the time I got to Fleur's idioms, I was making myself keep turning the pages. Not that the saga is any less developed; it's just not Victorian and truth be told, I much prefer Victorian to Modern. At some point, I feel that the work lost some of its tension as I didn't much care who joined in marriage by the end. I will li ...more
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Mar 07, 2008 Arline rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anglophiles
Recommended to Arline by: PBS
I have been enthralled with The Forsyte Saga ever since viewing it on PBS in 1959 or 1960. It was in black and white. Not many people had color TV then. Imagine that! I was mesmerized by the interaction between Irene, Soames, and Bosinney as well as Young Jolyn and Helene.

Later in the series we begin to see the budding romance between Irene's son Jon and Jolyn's daughter Holly.
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Aug 20, 2010 Irene (Casey) rated it it was amazing
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I think it is sufficient to say that I never wanted the story to end. I will re-read it soon, if not soon, then in my old age just so I can love these people again.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Forsyte Chronicles (9 books)
  • The Man of Property
  • In Chancery (The Forsyte Saga)
  • To Let
  • The White Monkey (The Forsyte Saga)
  • The Silver Spoon
  • Swan Song
  • Maid In Waiting
  • Flowering Wilderness
  • One More River

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