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The Forsyte Saga: Volume II (Two) - The White Monkey/ The Silver Spoon/ Swan Song: "White Monkey", "Silver Spoon", "Swan Song" v. 2 [Paperback]

John Galsworthy
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27 Sep 2001
In this second part of John Galworthy's trilogy of love, power, money and family feuding, a new generation has arrived to divide the Forsyte clan with society scandals and conflicting passions

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 2 edition (27 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141186836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141186832
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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COMING down the steps of 'Snooks' Club, so nicknamed by George Forsyte in the late eighties, on that momentous mid-October afternoon of 1922, Sir Lawrence Mont, ninth baronet, set his fine nose towards the east wind, and moved his thin legs with speed. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, indescribably absorbing 6 July 2009
Great, enchanting, keeps you wanting more! All of Galsworthy's stories about the Forsyte Family are like this.
I read these books when I was about eighteen in 1962 and was taken back to them when the BBC did the first Forsyte Saga series with Eric Porter as Soames and Nyree Dawn Porter as Irene, in late 60's early 70's. This was an excellent adaptation - the later one, made in about 2002,is awful (see my review on this). Nyree Dawn Porter will always be Irene to me, as Eric Porter will always be Soames in the old TV version.
These stories are not 'dated' as you might expect, as the intrigue, love, passion and greed are there just as much as in any racey novel of today, albeit, perhaps not in so many words..., nevertheless it is so well written that you get the gist just the same.
The scope of these stories is immense, taking in the Forsytes, their many relations, friends and acquaintances, all living, breathing, fighting and loving in these wonderful books.

The later books go on long past Soames, Irene et al, but are still just a well written and absorbing.
Do read them, if you can - when I bought them in about 1964 they were in three volumes and are now available as seperate books and in an omnibus edition, I believe. They are well worth whatever you pay, believe me and I know you will love them as much as I do.
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3.0 out of 5 stars After the War 14 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This second trilogy is much less familiar than the twice-televised first. Following the First World War Galsworthy's City tribe mix with the lesse aristocracy, and public affairs start to intrude on their world of law and property as never before. Galsworthy seems to have started to dress young in an attempt to conceal hs age, and is less comfortable than he was when chronicling the Victorian age. The death of Soames, which signals the end of the saga, is clumsily melodramatic. Don't think of reading ese three novels if yo have not first read their predecessors.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Forsyte Saga than you got on TV! 4 Dec 2010
If you thought the Saga of the Forsytes stopped where the TV series did, you are in for a lovely surprise. Here are 3 further books of what happened to Fleur and Soames next. Brilliantly written, with lots of stream of consciousness musings from the older Soames, who is now a sympathetic figure in the way he was not when Irene was around (she does not directly appear in these books), we move on in the 2oth Century, with lots of witty observations on life and events of its early years. It is a wonderful read, and I shall have to get the next 3 books, Forsyte Saga 3.
The only reason I did not give this 5 stars was the actual printing of this edition has typos and is not great, but the quality of the writing is 5 star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - shame about the typos 26 Aug 2014
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This is a wonderful book, but I am very disappointed by the huge number of typos in the Kindle edition. You don't mind this so much when the book has been converted to the digital format by volunteers and is free, but it is unsatisfactory when you have paid for the Kindle edition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rich tapestry 30 Jan 2003
It's easy to be put off by the sheer weight of the Forsyte tomes (there are three volumes in all, the first of which stretches to over 900 pages), but it should be noted that each volume contains three separate stories.
Each of these stories focuses on two or three members of the Forsyte family and has as its backdrop a particular period in time, the social and cultural aspects of which are an integral part of Galsworthy's narrative. For instance, in the first volume, Soames Forsyte's marriage to Irene Heron is set against the prevalent attitudes of late nineteenth and early twentieth century society towards marriage, divorce, property rights, and the emancipation of women. All this makes for a rich tapestry of plot, character, and sociological history.
The one and only criticism I have is that Galsworthy is often overly sentimental in terms of both style and plot, sometimes bordering on the mawkish.
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