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The Forsyte Saga

Galsworthy, John

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Forsyte Saga
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The three novels which make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commerical upper-middle class Forsyte family between 1886 and 1920. Soames Forsyte is the brilliantly portrayed central figure, a Victorian who outlives the age, and whose baffled passion for his beautiful but unresponsive wife Irene reverberates throughout the saga. Written with both compassion and ironic detachment, Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only the family's fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women in an intensely competitive male world. Above all, Galsworthy is concerned with the conflict at the heart of English culture between the soulless materialism of wealth and property and the humane instincts of love, beauty, and art.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
ISBN: 0199549893
9780199549894
Branch Call Number: FICTION GALSWORTH 2008
Characteristics: xxvii, 872 p. :,geneal. table ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Galsworthy, John (To let) 1867-1933
Harvey, Geoffrey 1943-

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This sprawling saga of an upper-class English family won its author the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The three novels which make up The Forsyte Saga 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 p... Read More »

Soames Forsyte is the brilliantly portrayed central figure of this novel, a Victorian who outlives the age, whose baffled passion for his beautiful but unresponsive wife Irene reverberates throughout the saga.


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Jun 29, 2013
  • dkkirwan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful series of 3 books and 2 interludes that chronicles 3 generations of the Forsyte family, especially contrasting those who love property with those who love beauty.

Absolutely wonderful novel. I loved the way passion in particular was portrayed. The two movies made based on this book are great too.

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