This is not a criticism of the novel or the author. The Forsythe Saga is a well known work of literature.
This book publication is a digitally scanned copy so as to keep the cost as low as possible. There are many typos and at times it's hard to make sense of many sentences. I do caution buyers before buying any digitally scanned novels.
There is a frontispiece disclaimer by the publisher General Books on the typo problems likely to be encountered in their digitally scanned novels, however this is not much help after buying the book online overseas. Amazon should advise customers if their purchase is a scanned copy.