Galsworthy continues the saga in which Soames' dedication to his daughter, Fleur, creates both a comfortable existence for her, and one that creates challenges. The novel follows her marriage and love affair, but also continues to develop Galsworthy's ideas through the character of Soames - 'The Man of Property' of the earlier work. This novel completes the saga in many ways, but it is worthwhile also reading Maid in Waiting, a later work which features Fleur and Michael Mont only peripherally. The glimpses of Fleur give her credit for the positives in her character which in the earlier works are overridden by her faults. Both she and Soames are complex characters and worth coming to know. The dated nature of the novels work as much for them as against because of the social history they provide.
Arrived on time I’m good condition. But what a surprise the “book” was printed in the form of a catalogue or glossy magazine. I’m sorry I can’t read a literary masterpiece in that format. John Galsworthy is hard enough to read in a traditional format. What were they thinking! Yes, I’m returning.
This book is less about the different branches of the Forsyte family than the first book. Written in the 1920s, it is a family drama concentrates on the character of Soames, his spoiled daughter Fleur, and her relationship with Jon, the son of Soames' former wife Irene. The other main character is Michael, Fleur's husband, an easygoing character very unlike Soames or Fleur, who as an MP in the public world provides some relief from the Forsytes themselves. Soames seems to become more human than in the first book, where he maintained his unbending belief that Irene was still his wife, long after she had left him. The drama is as much about Fleur who is equally obsessive about rekindling her romance with Jon after her own marriage, and follows through to the inevitable end of the relationship. Galsworthy is a talented writer, and with skilful use of sub-plots, such as the story of the artists' model Victorine, he evokes some the tensions and social injustices of the time, although he never dwells for too long on these; he lived in a privileged world himself and one gets the feeling that, while he is aware of injustice he doesn't want to question too much. I particularly liked Victorine - a shy but capable woman who becomes aware of her own ability to charm others,earn money in an unequal world, despite her rather limited husband. His descriptions of a rural English countryside, long gone, are also interesting. A good read for those who like this period of history.
Have read this when i was a youngster, many many years ago, but am very glad to have read it again, so relevant right now with everything that's currently happening in our capitalistic western world. Galsworthy has such a wonderful, elegant, adroit way of describing his characters, their thought process, their feelings, their scheming. One of my all time favorite writers and despite what some people told me when I said I wanted to read it again, not boring or dull at all. A really wonderful Saga.
I love this novel. I have all three volumes and have read them more than once. Character development is superior and the author, John Galsworthy, takes the reader through generations of Forsytes in a way that you feel like you know the characters. If you like "classic " style novels, you will love this work. I recommend it to all of my friends.
What Galsworthy wrote is a very good tale, but this edition contains many clumsy transcription errors. A word like 'with' can be printed as 'ivth' and an odd bracket that looks something like ']' keeps popping up in odd places: 'Now I lay me Down] to sleep....' It was all very irritating. It was as if the novel had been entered into a database by a non-English speaking entity - either person or machine.
This sequel to "The Forsyte Saga" takes the villain of the first series and slowly turns him into a hero by the end. I can't think of any other serious work of fiction that achieves that feat. Well done, Mr. Gallsworthy!