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The Silver Spoon (The Forsyte Chronicles #5)

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Gee
I still like Michael, even though I fell asleep during his speech in Parliament.

And Galsworthy still can't write the lower classes, but at least this time he didn't try quite so hard or for so long. The Francis Wilmot subplot was rather unnecessary, but I liked it actually, largely because it didn't grate like that Bicket one from the last book did and because Francis is rather agreeable for all of his racism. He's also from South Carolina, which is my adopted state so it was interesting hearing
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Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

~SUCKLING ON PRIVILEGES~
The Forsyte Saga: A Modern Comedy, Book Two

Quite interesting how idioms travel through different languages for the expression of someone being born with a silver spoon in her mouth is the same in Russian language. The idea of it goes through the book, true for those born into privileged families and England herself, both not ready to admit that adjustments to the lifestyle are long due.

This book concentrates on aspects of social and political life as related to Michael a
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Scott
This fifth novel in the Saga began more weakly than any of the others, and it took me a while to get engaged in its particular story lines (this despite already being familiar with the main characters). Like "The White Monkey", it zeroes in on Soames, Fleur, and Michael to the expense of the other members of the family of whom I'd like to hear more.

This one was more explicitly satirical, particularly of post-World War I British politics and society. Michael is now a member of Parliament, and he
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David
Yawn. Marjorie Ferrar, grand-daughter of a marquess, waxes snotty about Fleur, at one of Fleur's salons. Unfortunately, Soames overhears and calls her on her nastiness. In public.
After a season of escalating Lindsay Lohan - Hillary Duff * silliness, things eventually go before a jury. Fleur wins in court, but not in the court of public opinion. It doesn't help matters that Michael Mont has been navigating his first year in the House of Lords with more dottiness than is usual even for that partic
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Simon
Perhaps the most readable of the set so far, and perhaps the lightest. The economic and social problems facing Britain in the wake of the first world war are presented by the author, faced up to somewhat ineffectually by Michael, who has become the most engaging character, and ignored in favour of partying, being seen and being modern by London society. The more serious the country's problems, the more trivial seem to be the responses, leading up to the dramatic climax of the book, a courtly act ...more
K.M. Weiland
Still an interesting installment in the overall series and still alight with Galsworthy's gently sardonic prose, this is the weakest of the lot so far. A little rambling, even as its entirely too focused (and thus lacking the layered depth of some of the previous books) on its comparatively shallow plot. It comes across much more preachy than the other books - whether you agree with Galsworthy's conclusions or not. Michael remains one of the few entirely likable characters, even as Soames remain ...more
Robert
Definitely the weakest so far, but -- at least in the audio version -- it kept my interest throughout. Something always struck me. Actually, though, much of the irony stems from what we know actually happened 13 years after the book was published. Soames is more sympathetic, while Fleur is insufferable and Michael fatuous. Fogarthism (are the echoes of "fog" and "fogies" accidental) is just the kind of daft program that would have appear between the wars.

I'll continue reading the series, but wit
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Richard
One of the things that amazes me about Galsworthy is he often wrote about shallow, flawed characters that I assume he often disagreed with, yet his talent and care was such that he made them compelling, sympathetic, and human. In today's time of polarized politics, where one side is all right and the other all wrong, this is a lesson for us all. Focusing on an argument between Fleur and Marjorie Ferrar, a high society girl, the novel seems light, yet deals with changing morals, tradition, and id ...more
Karen
Re-reading for the 3rd or 4th time. I find myself sympathizing more with Soames and disliking Fleur more with every re-read. And I suspect that when Irene appears again I will like her even less, too.
Sandy Bragg
Not as strong as the previous books, but still worthwhile if you've gotten this far in the series. Like In Chancery, this book has a major court battle, which is deftly described. Ends well
Janis Williams
I think this is book 5 in the 9 book cycle. So many volumes...with different cover art, say with dragons and women in bronze bustiers, this could be mass-marketed.
Elaine
This is a continuation of the Forsyte Saga. I read it in Boston over Xmas. The first book is still my favorite. Parts of this were dull.
Laurel Hicks
We get into some new territory here in this middle book of the middle trilogy of the Forsyte chronicles.
Antonia Hall
Galsworthy's sometimes elegantly sarcastic commentary on the idle rich is brilliant! Good read...
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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 (10 books)
  • The Man of Property: The Forsyte Saga
  • In Chancery (The Forsyte Saga)
  • Awakening
  • To Let: The Forsyte Saga
  • The White Monkey (The Forsyte Saga)
  • Swan Song
  • Maid In Waiting
  • Flowering Wilderness
  • One More River
The Forsyte Saga (The Forsyte Chronicles, #1-3) The Man of Property: The Forsyte Saga To Let: The Forsyte Saga In Chancery (The Forsyte Saga) The White Monkey (The Forsyte Saga)

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