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The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
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Sep 12, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2007
Recommended for: Anglophiles and Lovers of Fine Literature
Read in October, 2007

This volume contains 3 full novels and 2 short stories that chronicle the lives of the upper middle-class Forsyte Family. It begins in 1886 at the height of Victorian England and takes us through the Boer War and World War I to 1920. It is the subtle way Nobel Prize winner Mr. Galsworthy brings us through this rough, transitionary time that makes this saga (and it is a saga) great instead of just good or interesting. The larger scope shows us the changing status of women from possessions to fully participating, land owning, voting, independent members of society. On a smaller scale, we see the transition from carriages to automobiles and bicycles; and it takes us through different phases of art and culture. At the heart of the story is a scandalous incident that happens at the very beginning and affects generations. The central figure is the complex, tragic and generally unlikable antagonist which I found facinating and different from other books I've been reading. It also came with a well-researched appendix which helped a ton with the casual references to what was then common cultural knowledge. Ultimately this book is about family and home. Definitely worth the effort and time.
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