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Flowering Wilderness (The Forsyte Chronicles #8)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  198 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The nine novels which make up The Forsyte Chronicles - one of the most popular and enduring works of 20th century literature - chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family between 1886 and 1920. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 12th 2004 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published 1932)
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Sara Giacalone
Mar 07, 2010 Sara Giacalone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written and deeply moving, this is Galsworthy at his absolute best. I do hesitate to read the next one - the final one in the series. It feels as if Galsworthy became more pessimistic about love, and its ability to endure trauma (or testing) over time. I love the family and the characters (except for that selfish Wilfred), and want them to be happy in the end. But will they?
Judith Klinghoffer
Apr 05, 2013 Judith Klinghoffer rated it it was amazing
This is a book written by a mature man wishing to use the Forsyte popularity to express his view of the British lower aristocracy. Amazingly, the issues he chooses are more than current - The divergence of attitudes towards animals between Westerners and others and the problem of Muslim violence. It is rather enlightening to find that just like current liberals, his tolerance has not boundaries when it comes to Islam. A Sudanese Muslim fanatic offering his hero, a poet, a choice between death an ...more
Donna
Dec 30, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It moved really fast, and sometimes I thought it moved too fast. The story was a little on the melancholy side, but I feel it worked with the characters. I also liked the humor for the most part.

The statements made about society and its effects on individuals were definitely thought provoking. Such expectations do influence decisions.

Overall, I liked this. It was very English. If you quiver with English pride, you'd probably enjoy this even more. I don't feel I could grasp al
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Anita
Oct 07, 2015 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book of the Cherrell/Charwell's part of The Forsyte Saga is much more interesting and engaging than the previous book, Maid in Waiting. Perhaps it is because the conflict in this part of the novel is much more "scandalous" and what I would expect out of Galsworthy in my readings of his works. This volume's plot mainly concerns Dinny and Wilfrid's developing romance versus the discovery of his rejection of Christianity while serving in the Sudan and journeying with bedouins. His action ...more
Ali
Nov 16, 2015 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Flowering Wilderness is the second book in the third volume titled The End of Chapter. This novel continues the story of the Cherrell/Charwell family who are related by marriage to Fleur Mont (nee Forsyte, daughter of Galsworthy’s great creation Soames Forsyte). As the novel opens three figures each stand and contemplate a statue – they start out as strangers – yet they are in actual fact loosely connected.

“In 1930, shortly after the appearance of the Budget, the eighth wonder of the world migh
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Kathryn
I enjoyed this - the 8th in the Forsyte Chronicles. It was based on a premise which I couldn’t fully see from the point of view of the characters (I think either because it upheld a value that is very British and being Australian, I’m not quite on the same wavelength, or it was a value more prized around the time the book was written (1930s) and has lost favour now - or a combination of both), but it was still a good read.

It didn’t quite follow the path that I thought it was going to, and then t
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Michael Stewart
Jul 02, 2017 Michael Stewart rated it really liked it
Book 8 of the FORSYTE CHRONICLES (Book 2 of the trilogy END OF THE CHAPTER) mostly concerns the love between Wilfred Desert (the poet infatuated with Fleur Forsyte in THE SILVER SPOON) and Dinny Cherrill.

Lots of wooing, missed opportunities and oppressive societal distress.
Enjoyed it, but not the best. Mostly a lot of angst.
Mike Jensen
Galsworthy continues the life if Dinny, the least interesting of his Forsyte family protagonists. She is something of a goody-two-shoes, not the slowly redeemed sinners that defined his better Forsyte protagonists. This is a sad departure.
Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it
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
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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Hilary Hicklin
Feb 21, 2017 Hilary Hicklin rated it it was ok
Penultimate story in the Forsyte Chronicles and again disappointing. A "will they/won't they" romance set against a matter of honour which will seem astounding to today's readers. Galsworthy seemed to lose his way towards the end of this series of books.
K.M. Weiland
Aug 31, 2013 K.M. Weiland rated it really liked it
Much of the vim and focus of the earlier Forsyte Saga is missing here, as other reviewers have pointed out. But it's important to realize this is a trilogy of its own, not meant to continue the Forsytes' story. As such, it is a deeply interesting study in its own right. All in all, I find the Charwells a more likable bunch than the Forsytes. And Galsworthy's gently ironic prose remains a delight. But that aside, it's the meat he offers, the discussions of meaningful societal and moral problems, ...more
Simon
May 26, 2013 Simon rated it it was amazing
More than any relationship since Soames and Irene, the courting of Wilfrid and Dinny challenges allegiances and prejudices. I never knew where the story would go. This is narrative control of the highest order, characterisation you care about and the larger themes painted in both broad, confident, telling strokes and in minute detail. A contender for my favourite of the lot.
Mariah
Aug 15, 2008 Mariah rated it it was ok
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Alecsandra Velez
Jun 08, 2016 Alecsandra Velez rated it really liked it
loads better than Maid in Waiting and any of the Fleur-Jon based Forsyte stories
Rita
Nov 10, 2009 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like this as much because it was mainly a 'what happened after' Maid in Waiting & it was all about Dinny's relationship with Wifred Desert.
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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 (9 books)
  • The Man of Property
  • In Chancery (The Forsyte Saga)
  • To Let
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