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Swan Song

(The Forsyte Chronicles #6)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  471 ratings  ·  36 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 changin ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published January 1st 1928)
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Anna I'd say it's better to read the Saga first. Modern Comedy tied up with the Saga very much. You still can read it without reading the Saga and enjoy…moreI'd say it's better to read the Saga first. Modern Comedy tied up with the Saga very much. You still can read it without reading the Saga and enjoy it, but you won't see the full picture and won't be able to observe some characters' journeys (particularly Soames', and I think he's Galsworthy's favorite). I think you'll appreciate it better knowing what the characters've been through. But definitely don't start with Silver Spoon. It's like... I don't know, like starting watching Star Wars with Revenge of the Sith haha)(less)

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Magrat Ajostiernos
Perfecto cierre para la saga de los Forsyte.
Es cierto que la serie de libros de Galsworthy continúa con 3 libros más pero este libro es el final que todos esperábamos y ya no volverán los protagonistas de las últimas 6 novelas.
He llorado.
Mucho.
Me va a costar despedirme de los personajes, por mucho que en ocasiones resulten caprichosos y egoístas como Fleur, pero TAN humanos...
A Soames no lo voy a olvidar por mucho tiempo que pasa, se ha convertido en uno de mis personajes favoritos de la vida,
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David
Jan 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to David by: david-giltinan@sbcglobal.net
Shelves: read-in-2008
After a disappointing fourth and fifth volume, Galsworthy returns to the high standard of the first trilogy, in this, the sixth book of The Forsyte Saga .

It's 1926, and London is in the grip of the General Strike. Jon has sold the farm in North Carolina, to return to England with his lovely bride, Anne, and his mother. (However, Irene never appears throughout the book; Galsworthy uses the excuse of the strike to sequester her offstage in Paris throughout.)

Predictably, this does not bring out th
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Evaluna
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Farewell dear Soames !!!:( . Discreto , recto , ecuánime , leal , reservado, pero a la vez tierno y sensible a su manera . Tú siempre serás un hombre D a pesar de tus duros principios
Raquel
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El mejor de los libros que forman la segunda trilogía. ¡Qué pena despedirse de estos personajes!
Kathryn
Like the others in the Forsyte Chronicles, there were parts of this book that amused me, and parts that irritated me.

I hadn’t quite appreciated until this book just how selfish Fleur actually was - I knew she liked to collect things and wanted what she couldn’t have (I guess that’s a characteristic of most collectors or they wouldn’t keep collecting), but her selfishness stood out in this story. She irritated me quite a lot actually, and I hoped, hoped, hoped that what she wanted to happen woul
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Eggp
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conniving wretch
handed everything, wants more
never pays the price.
John
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swan song concludes John Galsworthy's second trilogy of the Forsytes which he coined A Modern Comedy, not that these books are humorous, but rather that they provide us interpretations of life in general as a comedy of errors and unexpected events as we continue on the journey. Swan Song provides conclusions, (i.e. the title Swan Song), for some characters the reader has become acquainted with throughout the trilogy, and includes one main character (Soames) who also had a primary roll in Galswor ...more
Anita
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anita by: Kathryn
This last part of Volume II of The Forsyte Saga focuses on Fleur's romantic entanglement with Jon, her cousin, and the repercussions it has for the family and for herself. I don't think that Fleur wants to seduce Jon, much like Marjorie Ferrar wanted to seduce Francis Wilmot, but instead seeks to remind him of their past romance and what could have been. This goes along with the continuing overarching theme of duty versus desire, as she wanted to marry Jon for love, but married titled Michael Mo ...more
Libros Prestados
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Galsworthy vuelve a los orígenes.

Tanto por personajes que habían desaparecido y aparecen de nuevo, como por el mayor dramatismo en la historia con reminiscencias a las pasiones pasadas de "La saga de los Forsyte", como por la mayor abundancia de descripciones de paisajes bucólicos y/o campestres.

En ese sentido lo he disfrutado mucho, porque ha sido como volver a casa. Aunque existen aspectos que no me han convencido, como la trama política de Michael que no conduce a nada, y la aparición de
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Rachel Svendsen
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
John Galsworthy is an excellent writer. His characters are human. There are no villains or heroes in his stories, only people you like and dislike as it is with the real characters we meet in everyday life. His stories are filled with interesting tidbits about England during his lifetime.

Despite how well written these books are, this is probably the last of this series I will read. I am a little tired of the drama and Fleur's sickening selfishness. She is definitely my least favorite character o
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K.M. Weiland
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
After the somewhat desultory second book in this second trilogy, we're back to the true focus of the series with Jon's return to England. We knew it was coming from the last book of the first trilogy, and here it is, arriving like a train wreck. One thing I appreciate about Galsworthy is his ability to portray difficult situations from both "good" and "bad" characters' perspectives. We have Fleur struggling to be happy, Jon struggling with his conscience, and Michael just struggling to make some ...more
Amy Rork
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The previous two in this series were average and left me wondering if I needed to bother with the final trilogy. But this volume was such a return to brilliance. So glad I hung in! Beautiful, emotional, sad.
Laurel Hicks
Such an exciting denouement! This is the third book in the second Forsyte trilogy. One trilogy to go.
Julia Boyko
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'Change,' thought Michael, 'there's nothing but change. It's the one constant. Well! Who wouldn't have a river rather than a pond!'
Dr.J.G.
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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Michael P.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Forsythe Saga comes to a temporary conclusion with this book whose title has several different meanings beyond the obvious. Fleur seemed to be rehabilitating into a quite decent person, but temptation is in her way and she does the wrong thing for everyone, including herself. Where does she go from here and what will happen to Soames paintings? If that seems an odd second question, the paintings are deeply symbolic of both Soames and Fleur. The ending is sad, but cathartic. If there ways red ...more
Ralph Kleinman
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
As Galsworthy writes about Fleur in this novel, "A desire to have what she hadn't yet got was her leading characteristic." Well she gets what she hadn't yet got, and it doesn't make her happy. And causes a dreadful accident. So without spoilers, how is one supposed to think about Fleur, who is certainly one of the most problematic main characters I've encountered for a long time. Can I feel sorry for such an unpleasant person. Strangely I can, and I think that's where Galsworthy's talent lies.
Meirav Rath
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
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Jane E
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, fiction
I am over the Forsyte Saga. Each book is less engaging than the previous one. In fact I got muddled up and missing out volume 5 altogether but didn't really miss it. The plot was slim and not much more than historical chic lit. At least John Galsworthy has both a good vocabulary and good grammar. At least I didn't waste good money on the book. (Purchased secondhand on Amazon)
Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it 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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Gilbert
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional story of English upper middle class in the early 20th century. Can't wait to finish the last four books.
Cal
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On to #6 and whilst trying to remember what happened in the last books was handily reminded now and then with reminiscences.
A tale which again centres around Fleur ( still a spoilt and selfish brat) Michael ( trying his best) their someone neglected child and old Soames in fine Galsworthy tradition .
E.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Forsyte family returns for this sixth story (out of nine), and it was one of my favourites yet. Finally Jon returns to England (with his wife Anne) and must encounter Fleur, his young love. This is the story of that encounter and what results.

Fleur is spoiled. Over the last two novels we've found her more endearing and understandable. This time she struggles over her feelings for her first love and her relationship with her wonderful husband Michael Mont (who is probably the very best person
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Darryl
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was lagging a little in the middle, but it ended so well! I love this author and everything of his that I've read. He in contention for my favorite author of fiction.
Ali
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Swan Song the sixth book of the Forsyte Saga Chronicles is the third book in the second trilogy: A Modern Comedy.

It is 1926 and the general strike is in danger of bringing the country to a standstill. The breech is famously filled by members of the middle classes – who suddenly found themselves working long hours driving engines, buses and keeping essential services going. As the novel opens Fleur is occupying herself beautifully by volunteering at a works canteen, supplying food to men (who ble
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Victoria Evangelina Allen
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, in-russian
~PASSION, DELETED~
The Forsyte Saga: A Modern Comedy, Book Three

I wrote a real passionate review for this excellent book, the review concentrated on the hurts and pains passion brings to our lives. It was a really, really passionate review. I have accidentally deleted it, as if proving, that passion is something to be cautious about; something to stay away from to save one's heart and soul, to keep one further away from the dangers of fire of life.

Sometimes it is not possible though.

If you have
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Robert
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Like many other reviewers, I was very impressed with this sixth book of the Chronicles . Galsworthy returned to the passionate relationships that made the saga of the first trilogy so readable. I was saddened mostly by Soames's death and his courage, even if misplaced, in defending his paintings and the prevailing moral codes of his youth . As an equally passionate fan of Powell's Dance to the Music of Time, I found both depictions of the 1920s and 30s quite revealing.
Alan Swift
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Galsworthy ends the second part of the chronicles on a high. His writing is exquisite revealing a wonderful understanding of people combined with a feeling for nature, the landscape and the social issues of the 1920s. The threads of this novel weave there way back to the beginning of the saga. The depiction of an ageing Soames is pitch perfect.
Sandy Bragg
If you've read all the others, you have to read this to complete the saga, although it is the weakest of the lot. When finishing, had not interest in going on to the End of the Chapter, which follows a different, tangential set of characters.
Carlos
Dec 13, 2012 marked it as wish-list
Recommended to Carlos by: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-r...
Shelves: classics, romance
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John Galsworthy (alias John Sinjohn) 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 sou
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