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In Chancery (The Forsyte Chronicles #2)

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  695 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Separated from his wife Irene for some years now, Soames Forsyte has resigned himself to the fact that she's never coming back. But as he grows older and richer, he yearns for an heir. When he confronts Irene, the raw wounds of his past passion are exposed and he will do anything to claim back what is his. Then his cousin Jolyon Forsyte moves in to protect and champion Ire ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Headline Review (first published 1920)
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Kim
Jul 19, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

I loved the first book in the Forsyte Saga so much that I went straight on to listen to #2. Once again, I enjoyed every moment of the audiobook which is superbly narrated by one of my otherwise least favourite narrators, the late David Case. His voice is a perfect match for Galsworthy's writing. The wonderful prose, the great characters, the biting satire, the evocative depiction of middle class England at the dawn of the 20th century all combine to make this a novel an absolute treat. I think o
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Siv30
Apr 24, 2016 Siv30 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forsyte-saga
הספר הזה מתחיל 12 שנים אחרי הספר הקודם.
עם מות גוליאן הזקן, איירין יורשת 15 אלף פאונד ועתה היא עומדת בפני עצמה. היא עוזבת לאיטליה ואז חוזרת לאנגליה.
גוליאן הבן מנהל את הכספים שהיא ירשה. אבל הוא לא ראה אותה מאז.
סומס רוצה בן. הוא פוגש את אנט ומחליט להתגרש מאיירין, אבל אין עילה לגרושים כי לאיירין לא היה מאהב מאז בוסינה.
גוליאן הבן הולך שבי אחרי איירין ולא רואה את הצד של סומס. איירין בגדה בסומס ואז עזבה אותו. למרות זאת גוליאן הבן, אינו רואה את סומס שהוא בן דודה שלו.
סומס נפגש עם איירין לשכנע אותה להתגרש
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K.M. Weiland
Mar 22, 2013 K.M. Weiland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this second novel (third installment) in the series much better than the first one. In part, this is because Galsworthy has advanced beyond some of his more indulgent narrative techniques. But mostly it is because the characters' development has deepened considerably. Also, I admit to finding their reactions *to* the events of the first book much more interesting than the first book itself.
Nicola
May 11, 2016 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
Note: This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series The Man of Property

In Chancery is that rare book, the second instalment in a three book trilogy which is the most enjoyable of the lot.

In this the fallout of the dramatic events of The Man of Property resonate throughout. Soames remains married to Irene due to his inability to see that he has totally lost his wife's affections and that she will never return to him. He still fails to understand why their marriage has broken dow
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David
Mar 02, 2008 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
Soames, the "man of property" wants a son. But it's been 12 years since his wife, Irene, left him - and since he didn't pursue divorce proceedings immediately when she did, and she has remained alone, getting a divorce now is not a simple matter. And, when he meets her again, he still finds her bewitching. More to the point (in Soames's mind), she is still his property, and she has done him a grave wrong. (Never mind that he raped her in Volume 1 - he doesn't see it that way).

Things aren't going
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Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forsyte Chronicles:-

This work developed over a lifetime and began with a simple theme, that of individual's right to life and love, especially those of a woman. The first trilogy, Forsyte Saga, is the most famous of all. There are three trilogies, Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter being the second and the third. The Forsyte 'Change was written as separate stories about the various characters and spans the time from migration of Jolyon Forsyte the original, referred to usually as Superior Doss
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Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Forsyte Saga:-

The Forsyte Saga was not planned as such but developed over years with sequels coming naturally as they did, and human heart and passion and minds within settings of high society of a Victorian and post Victorian England - chiefly London - and its solid base in property.

When it was published it was revolutionary in the theme - a woman is not owned by her husband, and love is not a duty she owes but a bond that is very real however intangible, that cannot be faked.

Wednesday, Sep
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Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forsyte Chronicles:-

This work developed over a lifetime and began with a simple theme, that of individual's right to life and love, especially those of a woman. The first trilogy, Forsyte Saga, is the most famous of all. There are three trilogies, Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter being the second and the third. The Forsyte 'Change was written as separate stories about the various characters and spans the time from migration of Jolyon Forsyte the original, referred to usually as Superior Doss
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Rdt
Jul 03, 2015 Rdt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first book of The Forsyte Saga it was easy to despise Soames. He was a later nineteenth century version of one of Dickens' "hard facts" men. He saw his entire universe through the lens of his property and saw anyone who didn't use the same lens as a fool. And yet even in the first book there was a glimmering of humanity in his love for his father and his infatuation with his beautiful wife, although his feelings for his wife seemed mostly to be about having her as just another glorious pi ...more
Leslie
The middle novel of The Forsyte Saga. Read as part of the omnibus of "The Forsyte Saga - Complete".
Sarah
A magnificent portrait of Old England and the Victorian age seen through the eyes of Soames, Irene and Young Jolyon, perfectly painted with Galsworthy's inimitable style.
maven
A continuation of the Forsyte Chronicles, I think I liked this one a little bit less than The Man of Property, but it was still enjoyable. I missed some of the characters from the previous book, but there was still plenty of drama to keep things interesting. I do wish there were more of Irene's perspective, rather than treating her as a thing of beauty and not a whole person (which I think was one of Virginia Woolf's criticisms of these books).

This series continues to be a bit of a guilty pleasu
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Ali
Mar 09, 2015 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Published a couple of years after the Interlude, Indian Summer of a Forsyte – which I read straight after A Man of Property – In Chancery opens in 1899 and is set against a back drop of the still new married woman’s property act the Boer War and the death of Queen Victoria. The title refers to the Court of Chancery – where matters such as divorce were settled. This second novel is every bit as readable as the first, and Galsworthy’s characters remain deftly explored. In this novel Galsworthy con ...more
Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

~THE VOID OF LIFE~
The Forsyte Saga, Book Two

A man in search of warmth he can call his own; a man in search for stability he can rely upon, a man in search of an heir who will stand strong in his spot when the time comes. The genius of this book is not merely in its flowing and charming language; not only in the depth of such familiar and common to all of us emotions of love and hate, jealousy and fear that Galsworthy paints; it is in its honesty. Have you had the feeling when you cannot stay in
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Scott
Jan 22, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second (of nine) installments of Galsworthy's the Forsyte Chronicles continues the strong characterization and plotting with beautiful writing and deft comedy of the first novel. It doesn't quite rise to the level of the first novel, but is very enjoyable. The interlude following captured the essence of a childhood summer with the same skill that the interlude following the first novel captured the experience of an elderly man in his last summer. Amazing breadth of writing ability to so won ...more
Courtney H.
Oct 31, 2012 Courtney H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, the second book in the saga, might be my favorite of the three. Like the first, it started out slowly, which was a letdown after I finally got into A Man of Property and really liked the interlude story. But the novel built up speed, more quickly than the first did. The book picks up over a decade after the end of the first novel and interlude. The family dynamics have changed somewhat as the elderly first generation passes out of power and hands the reins to the second. The second generat ...more
Simon
Jan 02, 2013 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story has moved on. A decade or more in terms of the action and the characters, two decades for the writer. What made him come back to the Forsytes after leaving them so long as a single, very good and complete novel? Had it always been his intention to write a trilogy? Had he had enough time to reflect that he had struck literary gold with his cast, his overview, his dynamics?

This story starts slowly. Galsworthy has obviously decided by now that he has a rich seam to mine and we get far mor
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Nancy
Sep 22, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
The second book in the Forsyte Saga, this book focuses on Soames and his reaction to the failure of his marriage to Irene. Soames is an art collector; he wants beautiful things around him because they add to his value; Irene is one of those beautiful things. He is stymied by her willingness to face the censure of society to get away from him, which she is able to do when Soames' uncle Jolyon leaves her a legacy in his will. The son of this uncle, Young Jolyon, as executor of the will, becomes he ...more
Mary Beth
Oct 23, 2013 Mary Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific continuation of "The Man of Property", "In Chancery" details the Forsyte family saga from 1880-1920. Galsworthy covers everything from the personal family struggles with divorce to the death of Queen Victoria during an age of change in politics and personal freedoms. The dilemma of divorce is detailed addressing the social and legal implications during a time when it was rare to obtain one. The development of characters during such an emotional period was fantastic. Soames, normally s ...more
☯Emily
Aug 24, 2013 ☯Emily rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Forsyte Saga and it is certainly more interesting and better written than the first one. We continue to read about the Forsyte family and their possessive ways. They are worshippers of mammon, their property. The men's property includes their wives and families.

Soames has been separated from his wife, Irene, for years. He decides he wants a son (never a daughter), to carry on the family name. He finds a young French girl who he thinks will fit the bill. However, h
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Spencer
Sep 07, 2014 Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics, foreign
This is the second book in the Forsyte Saga. We see Soames Forsyte struggle with the decision whether to divorce (chancery) Irene Heron after a 12 year separation. You must follow the family tree in order to keep all the players straight, and doing that also reveals who marries who. This provides for some very interesting plot twists. This book skips from 1891 to 1890. The intervening years are summarized in just one chapter. The book ends in 1901. We witness the attitudes of turn-of-the-century ...more
Hazel
Oct 13, 2009 Hazel rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
Soames begins to resent his self-imposed purgatory. The saga continues with family portraits, fathers and sons; James and Soames, Young Jolyon and Jolly. The Boer war touches the Forsytes.
He went blindly towards the window, struck against the old armchair - his father's - and sank down on to the arm of it. He sat there huddled forward, staring into the night. Gone out like a candle flame; far from home, from love, all by himself, in the dark! His boy! From a little chap always so good to him -
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Afsana
Apr 24, 2010 Afsana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed listening to this.

It was mainly about the situation between Soames and Irini and their transition from seperated to divorced. It also symobolised the change in the forsyte family. It also introduced the next generation

This volume showed the coldness and unfeeeling of soames in his decion making re who to save between his current wife annette and the yet to be born child. How property and family life play a more importance then human life. Though at the end we saw a glint of how
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Mike Jensen
Feb 12, 2016 Mike Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophisticated soap opera as the joys of some Forsyte members rise and others fall. I may not love Galsworthy as a writer, but I do love these characters.
Olga
Jan 16, 2013 Olga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Повесть пообъемней. Фраза "в петле" повторяется главным героем Сомсом несколько раз. ОТ любви не убежишь, но у Собственника это не просто светлое чувство без оглядки на все вокруг, нет, это прежде всего осмысленные расчет и уважение устоев общества. Странно, но я все также сочувствую Сомсу. Он мне неприятен, но вместе с тем я понимаю его образ мыслей.
Ирэн - как всегда неотразима. Переживала за нее всем сердцем все это время. Но какая она мужественная! Она не может вызывать ничего кроме восхищени
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Katya
Jun 06, 2012 Katya rated it it was amazing
Мы уже знаем что Форсайты собственники, что их семейный круг - это Форсайтская биржа, но мне кажется что именно в этой части мы видим что ничто человеческое им не чуждо, что они по-настоящему любят и переживают за своих близких и что на самом деле это во всех отношениях замечательное семейство!
Со времени событий первой части прошло 12 лет и мы видим как развивается семейство Форсайтов, а кроме того, мы лучше узнаем историю семьи. Очень советую тем, кто еще не читал!
Deanne
Sep 07, 2011 Deanne rated it it was amazing
Finding it hard to put down the second installment of the Forsyte Saga, loved the character of Old Jolyon and thought the ending of the first book was beautiful.
As for young Jolyon, grew to love him and his branch of the family, and I'm interested in finding out what happens in the family as we travel down the generations. Think this means that I'll have to get my hands on the later books. Thank God for the library.
Kateryna
Nov 04, 2015 Kateryna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second volume of the Forsyte Saga takes place 12 years after the events of “The Man of Property”. Now the second generation is the center of the family life, and we are introduced to the third generation, just coming into adulthood and beginning their romances and feuds. I like the second book much more than the first one, and look forward to the last book of the saga.
Christine Hancock
Enjoyed vol 2 more than vol 1. Thought it really gained pace in the second half and struggled to put it down
Lynne-marie
Sep 02, 2010 Lynne-marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reader's of Austen, Trollope, James
I am amazed how much Galsworthy packs into his novels. Admitting that his main aim is social portraiture of the generation of his father's era, he nevertheless creates characters and plots that have a reality to them of distinguished separateness. He is a master at bothe the tapestry and the miniature.
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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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“Curious how he jibbed away from sight of his wife and child!
One would have thought he must have rushed up at the first moment. On the contrary, he had a sort of physical shrinking from it — fastidious possessor that he was. He was afraid of what Annette was thinking of him, author of her agonies, afraid of the look of the baby, afraid of showing his disappointment with the present and — the future.”
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