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The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
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Mar 10, 09

bookshelves: 1001-books, nobel-prize
Read in November, 2008

** spoiler alert ** Interesting book, but a bit slow and very much the start of a series and not a stand-alone. In this one you get introduced to the Forsyte family, a very upper-middle class family in late-nineteenth century London. The main character is Soames Forsyte, who goes through life believing that everything comes down to ownership and the possessive instinct, including marriage. The problem is that his wife, Irene, doesn't like him at all and when she falls in love with the fiancé of June Forsyte, Soames' cousin, everything starts to fall down. Soames is very good as a kind of anti-hero who is completely unable to understand what's wrong about seeing other people as possessions. Irene is a bit of a cipher since you never get her point of view about what's happening, so all you really know about her is that she's very beautiful, likes music and marries Soames because she didn't really have any other choice. The other characters are interesting as well, and the most notable are Jolyon Forsyte, head of the Forsyte family, his estranged son young Jolyon, and June, his granddaughter who is spoiled and used to getting her way.
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