THE FORSYTE SAGA Is A Series Of Three Novels And Two Shorter Episodes Chronicling The Lives Of The Leading Members Of An Upper Middle Class British Family During The Early Twentieth Century The Forsytes Are Only A Few Generations Removed From Their Humble Farmer Origins, Making Several Of The Family Members Keenly Aware Of Their Status As New Money, Not Entirely Accepted Within The Upper Echelons Of British Society The writing evident in this epic is masterful and engaging it is even and substantive and elegant The rich irony about the lengths that men strive to acquire property in all its forms and then find their acquisitions useless, meaningless and certainly not worth the price Galworthy was focused upon property in so many different varieties the sense of possession that men had of their wives in his time amid archaic laws about divorce the building of a home that ends in unexpected expense in chancery the elusive value of works of art the subtleties of property from family crests, clubs, colleges and occupational status and cuts of mutton to the blatant futility of fighting over land in South Africa during the Boer War it s all shallow and empty materialism in the end The property is never worth the cost of the trouble to acquire it Young people slave to gather possessions only to regret in old age that they have traded so much of life away to gain them and must undergo the painful rigors of its redistribution through wills after death Galsworthy seemed to me like a sort of British Tolstoy writing in England for property reform Because when property is involved, men tend to objectify about it and in the course of things they tend to lose their sense of humanity This troublesome pattern of life seems to repeat itself often like a lesson men never learn as the objectifying I It relationship of Martin Buber replaces the humane I Thou Yes, it s a long novel but when the writing is this compelling in its style and substance, you can luxuriate in the beauty and wisdom of the words Every character is finely and individually drawn like a character in a Velasquez portrait of a large family You may regret that this edition isn t longer when it ends but fortunately there is of his work in which to indulge Galsworthy s work earned him a Nobel Prize it s easy to see the astonishing depth and range and virtuosity that the Nobel judges found in his writing Don t pass up the chance to bask in this epic saga of Galsworthy It s easily one of the top ten novels ever written in the English language it s really that good. The first time I read this book I was going up the I had just crossed the Atlantic with three friends on a yacht and got off in Fortaleza, Brazil I thought this would be my one and only chance to see the so I stuffed a backpack full of the necesssaries, abandoned the rest and got a bus to Belem at the mouth of the A month later having explored Belem, Santarem and a few other small places I found myself in Manaus, 1,000 miles up the It took me a few weeks to sort out a guide I could afford as I didn t want to join a tourist party and although previously my travels had been on my own, I wanted to leave the towns, the river boats, roads and really penetrate the jungle and obviously I couldn t do that on my own I was lucky enough to find an Indian who had been a tour guide but was now returning to his village on a lake several hundred miles away He spoke English, Portuguese and Xingu and was happy, for a smallish fee, to take me along.And this is where the Forsyte Saga comes in Travelling by small boat, bus, river boats and sometimes walking miles to reach another place on the red laterite road to get to another tributary and another boat, several days later we reached the village During that journey there had been long periods of just waiting while trees were chopped down to bypass huge potholes ones big enough to have 6 Victoria Regina water lilies floating in them and I read the only book I brought, the 800 page Forsyte Saga Despite it being a big book, it wasn t really heavy as the pages were tissue thin Which was good, because as I read them I ripped them out and used them Tissue indeed Later in the village, which was floating houses and ones built on stilts, about 40 altogether, spread out around a lake that took a motorboat over two hours to go around, I was shown the local variant of toilet tissue It was a largish, quite thick leaf whose furriness made it very soft and when crushed it released a very soothing, slightly scented liquid, a natural body lotion I did learn the name in Xingu but never in English I wish I could remember what it was because it was so much nicer than any toilet tissue I have ever used and I would grow it in pots in the bathroom.So 5 stars to the Forsyte Saga for a brilliant story and being so damn useful in a time of great need. The Forsyte Saga The Forsyte Chronicles 1 3 , John GalsworthyThe Forsyte Saga, first published under that title in 1922, is a series of three novels and two interludes published between 1906 and 1921 by Nobel Prize winning English author John Galsworthy They chronicle the vicissitudes of the leading members of a large commercial upper middle class English family, similar to Galsworthy s own Only a few generations removed from their farmer ancestors, the family members are keenly aware of their status as new money The main character, Soames Forsyte, sees himself as a man of property by virtue of his ability to accumulate material possessions but this does not succeed in bringing him pleasure.The Forsyte saga, John Galsworthy Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz , 1938 1317 1975 This is a titanic masterpiece of a multi generational story of a fictional English family that spans the Victorian, Edwardian, and post World War I eras For the first one hundred pages or so, I found myself having to frequently refer to the Forsyte family genealogical chart however, by the end of the book I knew all of the characters and their place in the family intimately Like all families, Galsworthy has created a world of very real and human characters in the Forsyte family a family bound as much by their name, and at times even their dysfunction Many of the novel s characters exhibit the full range of emotion and feeling, including love, greed, hatred, passion, jealousy, lust, truth, honesty, betrayal, and so forth it is all there within this family The Forsytes Once started, I could not put this book down easily it is that compelling I fully understand why John Galsworthy was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932 For those who love novels of and about England, The Forsyte Saga is a must read.
John Sinjohn was an English novelist and playwright whose literary career spanned the Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian eras.In addition to his prolific literary status, Galsworthy was also a renowned social activist He was an outspoken advocate for the women s suffrage movement, prison reform and animal rights Galsworthy was the president of PEN, an organization that sought to promote international cooperation through literature.John Galsworthy was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932 for his distinguished art of narration which takes its highest form in
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