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

4.79 of 5 stars 4.79  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Hardcover, 1052 pages
Published September 30th 1976 by William Heinemann (first published 1906)
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Aug 20, 2013 Caryn rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.

Mar 07, 2008 Arline rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Irene (Casey)
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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