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The Silver Spoon (The Forsyte Chronicles #5)

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Published July 16th 2009 by ReadHowYouWant (first published 1926)
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Kathryn
I’m enjoying the continuing story of the Forsytes, although Soames is the only Forsyte in name left - the story also follows his daughter, Fleur and her husband.

I was intrigued by Michael (now a British MP) and his upholding of “Foggartism” - which included the belief that if the children of Britain could be caught young (about 14 or 15 years old) and taken out to a new land (like Australia), then this would alleviate the strain on British resources and give the children a more promising life. W
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Ali
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As The Silver Spoon begins, Francis Wilmot turns up at Fleur and Michael Mont’s fashionable London house, bringing with him news of Jon and his sister. Fleur enjoys the society of all sorts of fashionable, interesting people at her carefully decorated home. A new dog has taken the place of the adored little Pekinese and the décor is no longer Chinese in inspiration. Fleur and Michael’s son, Kit, often affectionately known as the eleventh Baronet is a happy little chap, the apple of everyone’s ey ...more
Evaluna
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No sé qué tiene este personaje que siempre me conmueve. Amo a Soames. Lástima que se acerque su canto del cisne :(
Michael Stewart
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 5 of the FORSYTE CHRONICLES continues the excellent social commentary of the previous novels. It is now 1924, and there is plenty of upheaval in the social order: hemlines are up, employment is down. But the 1% is still in charge, with nary a progressive thought among them.

Fleur Forsyte Mont is a social gadfly, but also arbiter who tends to collect the in-crowd for her burgeoning salon. An insult from one of her circle leads to a lawsuit that threatens to derail her rise in society. This em
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Ralph Kleinman
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a difficult task, taking too unlikeable characters (Fleur and Soames) and making them the lead characters of this novel, the fifth in a series. Fleur is entirely selfish and privileged -- a real millennial before her time -- but yet I felt sorry for her predicament and happy that she pulled through. But more problems for her, and therefore for the people who have the misfortune of loving her, are announced at the end of this novel, so I'll have to see whether Galsworthy can continue his hir ...more
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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Mike Jensen
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Galsworthy's questioning of English jazz age morality is again examined in this novel about libel and the contrast of personal and public morality. The interlude with the German actor seems rather beside the point, unless I have missed the point, but the championing the less fortunate is satisfying. Unfortunately happiness is difficult to come by for anyone. A bonus is the contrast of Fleur with a woman who mirrors her in certain ways, especially Fleur's past self. Glasowrthy is not a great styl ...more
Libros Prestados
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Galsworthy veía venir una crisis económica y posiblemente otra guerra en 1924. John Galsworthy era capaz de ver que la supuesta libertad y relajación moral de las nuevas generaciones no era tal, sobre todo en cuanto a los hombres y su visión de las mujeres. John Galsworthy era un escritor que escribe un alegato feminista, aunque no se declare abiertamente, con un personaje femenino que es imperfecto y que dista mucho de ser una santa.

Es decir, John Galsworthy era más feminista que muchas au
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David
Yawn. Marjorie Ferrar, grand-daughter of a marquess, waxes snotty about Fleur, at one of Fleur's salons. Unfortunately, Soames overhears and calls her on her nastiness. In public.
After a season of escalating Lindsay Lohan - Hillary Duff * silliness, things eventually go before a jury. Fleur wins in court, but not in the court of public opinion. It doesn't help matters that Michael Mont has been navigating his first year in the House of Lords with more dottiness than is usual even for that partic
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Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

~SUCKLING ON PRIVILEGES~
The Forsyte Saga: A Modern Comedy, Book Two

Quite interesting how idioms travel through different languages for the expression of someone being born with a silver spoon in her mouth is the same in Russian language. The idea of it goes through the book, true for those born into privileged families and England herself, both not ready to admit that adjustments to the lifestyle are long due.

This book concentrates on aspects of social and political life as related to Michael a
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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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