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End of the Chapter (The Forsyte Chronicles #7-9)

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Maid in waiting
Do you remember the Forsyte's? Well, at least in this novel the main family are the Cherrell's. Who? Well, they are the cousin's of Michael Mont, Fleur Forsyte's husband (that is, Soames Forsyte's daughter). It's ok if you don't know who these people are, there isn't much relation between this volume and the two previous ones (or, at least, that's my opinion after reading the first book of End of the Chapter .
It takes place in the late 20's and early 30's and the main charac
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
END OF THE CHAPTER is not as good as the two trilogies that precede it---THE FORSYTE SAGA and A MODERN COMEDY---but it's good all the same. In fact, Galsworthy's "worst" is generally better than most people's best! I have always thought him a masterful storyteller. His main problem is that (a) he romanticize his heroines to an almost ludicrous extent and (b) he's often guilty of the social snobbery that he claims to dislike. And while he can and does poke fun at the bourgeois Forsytes, he ideali ...more
Hilary Walker
This writer is phenomenal. He has great insight into the English character - what moves English people, the reasons for their behavior - and he writes a compelling story at the same time.
He is someone I aspire to emulate as an author. His wit is very dry, and his descriptions pithy.
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The End of the Chapter came as if new to me, though I remember having read all 9 volumes of THE FORSYTE SAGA in my late teens. As compared to "The Forsyte Saga" and "A Modern Comedy", this last part of the huge trilogy has a feeling of modernity that I could not find in the previous two collections. To my opinion, the first two parts (mentioned above) I consider as CLASSICS, in the style of writing and tone of narration. This last part surprises with a vivid pace of narration, plenty of characte ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the originals years ago, but just now discovered the last three books. I've been enmeshed in the 1900 to 1920 period for a while now--not sure why, and this is a terrific addition.
Feb 05, 2016 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
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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These are the last three books in the Forsyte Saga series (there are 9 books in all, 3 trilogies.) The novels in this book take place around 1930 and deal mostly with the Cherrells, who are cousins to the Forsytes (although Fleur and Michael do play fairly large roles.) I don't think these last novels are quite as compelling as the others in the saga--the plots in seem very dated by now (the main "crises" in each novel have to do with things like "the honor of England" and the "scandal" of divor ...more
Raz O'Xane
Where are the Forsytes?

Extremely vain and disappointing. This doesn't have the appeal the two previous trilogies have. In fact, it bears nothing in common.

Most of the dialogue are artificial and only serve to express the ideas of the author or his generation while not advancing the plot at all. In fact, they are completely unrelated to it.

As for the different situations, well, I don't actually care for any of them because I expected this to be about the Forsytes. The word "Forsyte" itself barely
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have completed the three volume Foresyte Chronicle. It was well worth the discipline to tackle the entire family saga. The writing was consistently witty, elegant and crisp throughout. My only disappointment is that the final volume marginalized the primary characters from the earlier sections and introduced a new family branch. I found myself missing the former figures, attentively watching for signs of their appearance. This is an excellent writer who can make me miss fictional figures as if ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book (or books)! I loved the storyline of decay among the aristocracy--it's an interesting counterpoint to the climbing, energetic Forsytes. I love the dismal Cherrells and their take on the world.

Granted, there are some issues. For example, I'm not sure why Wilfred's conversion to Islam was the earth-shattering event for all of them that it was (even though he converted under duress). That seemed a bit heavy, but then again, I think the weight of it colluded with the reality that s
So I started reading this book that I found at The Book Thing in Baltimore because it is by the same guy who wrote the Forsyte Saga, which I loved. Having just searched for it on this website, I see that it is actually part of the series, which I didn't realize.

So, this fact in itself is rather telling. I had know idea this mediocre book is the sequel to a very good book, its that "eh". I am only partway through book seven, so we'll see, perhaps it'll pick up.

I guess I know why it is called bo
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read these as separate books and really enjoyed the saga continuing into the time of the Great Depression (even though it was never referred to be that name). The characters and their circumstances are so foreign to me, yet Galsworthy was able to make them quite sympathetic and their various dilemmas engaging.
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the final 3 books of the Forsyte Saga I think you would only start this if you had already read and loved books 1 to 6 as I have. To me it seemed slightly less Galsworthy and slightly more Wodehouse. This isn't necessarily a bad thing and the wit is great. I dint want to finish as it means nor more Forsytes for me!
Mary Stanton
He occupies such a well-ordered universe--England in the 1930's--that his work has become my default comfort read. I've also been a little dubious about his worthiness as a Nobel prize winner--but when you consider they gave it to Pearl Buck, too....
Jeanette Grant-Thomson
I really enjoyed the story of the Cherrell family, Especially Dinny. I found her much more likeable than her cousins featured in the earlier Forsyte novels.

I found Dinny's story very moving. As always, the insight into the social and historical background is fascinating.
Oma Eagle
1933 hardback
Brilliant, was sorry to finish
Nov 25, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I finally found it!
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
absolutely fabulous! I really couldn't put it down. probably Galsworthy's best book
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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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