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5.0 out of 5 stars Decline and fall of the Forsytes, 31 Dec 2010
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This review is from: The Forsyte Saga. A Modern Comedy. The End of the Chapter (the complete Forsyte collection, 9 books and 4 interludes) (Kindle Edition)
The Forsytes are a complex family and are, at the start of `The Man of Property' at their height in terms of power and fortune. But things are starting to slide. Young Jolyon has left his wife and moved in with the governess and what is more earns his living by painting and as a Lloyd's Underwriter. Most of his fellow Forsytes are in `house property', except Timothy (in consols) and Swithin - a retired tea merchant. Young Soames his making a hash of his marriage to the beautiful Irene and it is this which is the catalyst to the slow downfall of the Forsytes. Nothing will ever be quite the same again.

The nine volumes - in three trilogies - are an allegory, a fable and a parable. They examine the effect of wealth and power on individuals and what happens when those same individuals fail to take into account beauty, art and the finer things in life.

Philip Bosinney - the architect who designed Soames' magnificent mansion at Robin Hill puts beauty above money and suffers for it. The Forsytes put money and power above beauty and some feel they are perhaps missing out. Young Jolyon combines the two rather more successfully showing it is possible to connect the prose and the passion in life as E M Forster urged people to do in `Howards End'.

The first six volumes are primarily concerned with the Forsytes. The last three volumes are mainly concerned with the Cherrells, their cousins, and with different themes - religion and its importance and the way women are treated in society and in marriage. Fleur Forsyte, Soames' daughter from his second marriage links the final trilogy to what has gone before.

With their omniscient narrator these novels provide a fascinating insight into the decline and fall of the Victorian middle classes. They are amusing and full of irony. Whether you love Soames or hate him you will always get something new from these stories - an everyday story of middle class folk at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. There are lessons to be learned and parallels to be drawn to the twenty first century and is consumer society.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old story -but so relevant for today, 14 Oct 2012
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Enjoyed the book as it shows what a brilliant author Galsworthy was. I would recommend it to e-readers young and old
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply satisfying read, 9 Nov 2012
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Once a must-see on TV, The Fosyte Saga reflects the changing face of Britain through Victorian times into the 20th century as a seriously-considered and beautifully-crafted piece of social history. Galsworthy is currently unfashionable but his style and careful observation of especially London life is impeccable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty depiction of a bygone era., 18 Dec 2012
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This is perfect for a Kindle as you can dip into from time to time. A fascinating ,witty family saga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Forsyte Saga, 30 Nov 2012
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This review is from: The Forsyte Saga. A Modern Comedy. The End of the Chapter (the complete Forsyte collection, 9 books and 4 interludes) (Kindle Edition)
Not only a good read, but also an insight into a passed age; but strangely enough I find that some things never change and quite a number of comments throughout the Saga also relate to life today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Comedy, 5 May 2014
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This review is from: The Forsyte Saga. A Modern Comedy. The End of the Chapter (the complete Forsyte collection, 9 books and 4 interludes) (Kindle Edition)
These are books I read many years ago and enjoyed. I still found them enjoyable both for the characters and the plot. Although more slow-moving than most modern novels, the author didn't go off at a tangent. It was nice to learn of what happened to Soames Forsyth after the end of the saga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia enjoyment, 30 Jan 2014
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This review is from: The Forsyte Saga. A Modern Comedy. The End of the Chapter (the complete Forsyte collection, 9 books and 4 interludes) (Kindle Edition)
I watched the original TV broadcast of The Forsyte Saga, and it was an absolute joy to be able to view all 28 episodes again.
Would certainly recommend it for anyone who loves the books as the TV drama represents them very well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but irritating Kindle version, 23 Nov 2013
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Wonderful, evocative & memorable writing, unfortunately marred by poor spelling and other inaccuracies in this (admittedly very cheap) Kindle version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, 4 Oct 2013
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very cheap to buy and has lasted me weeks. first parts of book better than later ones.so nice to get back to classics and good writing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent family saga, 21 Jun 2013
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This review is from: The Forsyte Saga. A Modern Comedy. The End of the Chapter (the complete Forsyte collection, 9 books and 4 interludes) (Kindle Edition)
This series is three trilogies. The first is the most absorbing but they all give a wonderful insight into the life of their times which goes from the 1860/70's to the 1920/30's. The novels revolve around the Forsyte family and their friends looking at their relationships and characters and influence on events. The tv adaptations are good but cannot do them justice.
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