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The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
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May 06, 2010

really liked it
Read in May, 2010

I had heard about this opus (particularly from our friend Roberta) but never dived in until last month. John Galsworthy has given us a compelling picture of changing cultural values during the transition period from the full power of the British Empire through its slow subsequent dissolution.

The author created firm and believable characters: the rigid Soames; the sensitive and beautiful Irene; compassionate, artistic and thoughtful (almost Bhuddist) Jolyon; and the wonderfully rash and unformed young personalities of the star-crossed lovesr, Fleur and Jon. He also uses interior monologues very wisely, even though that might seem to go against an author's dictum of "show, don't tell."

Worth a read -- and I did it while simultaneously watching the BBC 1960s television version, added value!

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