The Forsyte Saga

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A brilliant social satire by Nobel Prize-winning author John Galsworthy, this monumental trilogy chronicles the lives of three generations of an upper-middle-class London family obsessed with money and respectability. The first book, The Man of Property, established Galsworthy's reputation as an author and keen observer of society. His masterly prose, always scorchingly accurate and often very funny, introduces Soames Forsyte, an avaricious man who sees everything -- including his rebellious trophy wife, Irene --...
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Overview

A brilliant social satire by Nobel Prize-winning author John Galsworthy, this monumental trilogy chronicles the lives of three generations of an upper-middle-class London family obsessed with money and respectability. The first book, The Man of Property, established Galsworthy's reputation as an author and keen observer of society. His masterly prose, always scorchingly accurate and often very funny, introduces Soames Forsyte, an avaricious man who sees everything -- including his rebellious trophy wife, Irene -- in terms of its value as a possession. The second book, In Chancery, recounts the Forsytes' stormy marriage, separation, and eventual divorce; To Let, the last of the trilogy, focuses on the children of the estranged couple. In addition to the three original novels, this edition also contains the connecting interludes, Indian Summer of a Forsyte and Awakening. For years, The Forsyte Saga had an enormous impact on American and European conceptions of Victorian and Edwardian life. Among the most popular literary classics of the twentieth century, this beautifully written book, with its heartbreaking character studies, remains an impressive contribution to social history and literary art.

Contains "The Man of Property," "In Chancery," "To Let."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438594651
  • Publisher: Standard Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/22/2010
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

John Galsworthy (1867-1933) was educated at Oxford, where he prepared to go into law, but later decided to devote himself to writing. The Man of Property (1906), the first of the three novels that became The Forsyte Saga, established his reputation as an author and a keen observer of society. Galsworthy was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932.

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Table of Contents

Author's Preface iii
Forsyte Family Tree x
Book I. The Man of Property
Part I
I 'At Home' at Old Jolyon's 1
II Old Jolyon Goes to the Opera 15
III Dinner at Swithin's 27
IV Projection of the House 38
V A Forsyte Menage 46
VI James at Large 51
VII Old Jolyon's Peccadillo 58
VIII Plans of the House 65
IX Death of Aunt Ann 71
Part II
I Progress of the House 78
II June's Treat 84
III Drive with Swithin 90
IV James Goes to See for Himself 98
V Soames and Bosinney Correspond 106
VI Old Jolyon at the Zoo 118
VII Afternoon at Timothy's 123
VIII Dance at Roger's 133
IX Evening at Richmond 139
X Diagnosis of a Forsyte 148
XI Bosinney on Parole 155
XII June Pays Some Calls 159
XIII Perfection of the House 166
XIV Soames Sits on the Stairs 172
Part III
I Mrs. Macander's Evidence 175
II Night in the Park 184
III Meeting at the Botanical 187
IV Voyage into the Inferno 198
V The Trial 206
VI Soames Breaks the News 213
VII June's Victory 221
VIII Bosinney's Departure 227
IX Irene's Return 234
Interlude: Indian Summer of a Forsyte 238
Book II. In Chancery
Part I
I At Timothy's 277
II Exit a Man of the World 284
III Soames Prepares to Take Steps 293
IV Soho 297
V James Sees Visions 302
VI No-Longer-Young Jolyon at Home 306
VII The Colt and the Filly 314
VIII Jolyon Prosecutes Trusteeship 318
IX Val Hears the News 324
X Soames Entertains the Future 330
XI And Visits the Past 334
XII On Forsyte 'Change 338
XIII Jolyon Finds Out Where He Is 346
XIV Soames Discovers What He Wants 351
Part II
I The Third Generation 353
II Soames Puts It to the Touch 360
III Visit to Irene 367
IV Where Forsytes Fear to Tread 371
V Jolly Sits in Judgment 377
VI Jolyon in Two Minds 383
VII Dartie Versus Dartie 387
VIII The Challenge 395
IX Dinner at James's 398
X Death of the Dog Balthasar 403
XI Timothy Stays the Rot 406
XII Progress of the Case 411
XIII 'Here We Are Again!' 415
XIV Outlandish Night 423
Part III
I Soames in Paris 425
II In the Web 430
III Richmond Park 432
IV Over the River 437
V Soames Acts 438
VI A Summer Day 440
VII A Summer Night 446
VIII James in Waiting 448
IX Out of the Web 451
X Passing of an Age 457
XI Suspended Animation 465
XII Birth of a Forsyte 470
XIII James is Told 475
XIV His 478
Interlude: Awakening 481
Book III. To Let
Part I
I Encounter 499
II Fine Fleur Forsyte 512
III At Robin Hill 517
IV The Mausoleum 523
V The Native Heath 530
VI Jon 537
VII Fleur 540
VIII Idyll on Grass 545
IX Goya 548
X Trio 556
XI Duet 560
XII Caprice 565
Part II
I Mother and Son 572
II Fathers and Daughters 576
III Meetings 587
IV In Green Street 594
V Purely Forsyte Affairs 598
VI Soames's Private Life 603
VII June Takes a Hand 611
VIII The Bit Between the Teeth 615
IX The Fat in the Fire 620
X Decision 626
XI Timothy Prophesies 629
Part III
I Old Jolyon Walks 638
II Confession 644
III Irene 648
IV Soames Cogitates 652
V The Fixed Idea 657
VI Desperate 660
VII Embassy 666
VIII The Dark Tune 672
IX Under the Oak-tree 675
X Fleur's Wedding 677
XI The Last of the Old Forsytes 685
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2005

    The mini-series has nothing on this

    I met the Forsytes through a modern mini-series. Perhaps you did, too. That mini-series makes Irene the centre of attention, and therefore has to invent incidents and conversations. That said, the differences between screen and book probably made that a necessity. The book in fact makes the Forsytes the centre of attention, and is not at all chronological (in the way the mini-series is). In the book, you see Irene entirely through Forsyte eyes. And the book (and she) are all the more alluring for that. It is an effect that could not be realised on the screen, and yet another reason why great literature will always have to be read. It is a dark secret, known only to Soames, Irene, Jollyon and (briefly) Bossinney that binds this book, through three generations. I have often questioned the rightness of the ending of 'To Let', the third novel in the saga. But I can only have felt the same revulsion toward Soames, and thus his progeny. The fact is that life does not always have simplistic endings. There are inconquerable problems that sometimes make what seems obvious and perfect, utterly unobtainable. You will read and re-read.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    Great novel, poor translation to eBook

    There are plenty of recommendations and reviews for Galsworthy's classic family saga. Be guided by the ones which rate it highly. This is a great novel that focuses on the inner life to the characters rather than on the action. You won't regret reading it. The B&R Samizdat Express rendition has its problems. Each page has at one or more errors where words are not correct. The conversion to eBook was obviously not proof read. Encountering so many errors on the page detracts from the reading experience.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2003

    i love this book!!!

    galsworthy speaks the truth regarding life and human nature. many beautiful scenes involving the english country side. just read it and see for yourself. its a wonderful family drama

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    Fascinating Saga

    This book was a quick read. I recommend this novel to anyone who saw the new Masterpiece Theater version. The characters are extremely complex and fascinating.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Do NOT purchase this ebook edition.  It was not properly "t

    Do NOT purchase this ebook edition.  It was not properly "transcribed" and every page has spelling and punctuation issues. 
    Its very difficult to read because of the "printing" errors.  
    Its a great book, but buy a different edition.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    This Book Takes You Back...

    If you were ever wondering about 19th century British upper middle class, this book is for you. The little details of each character is brought out, but not drawn out. You get into each character to see what make him/her tick: pride, hate, love, compassion, rage, jealousy and greed are just wonderfully exposed and felt as each one is explored.

    At the end, I even felt sorry for Soames, because he was a product of how he was raised. He was the only one, who could not see that what he wanted was mearly window dressing and appearances. He lived under a Victorian illusion of what his life truly was, and never quite understood until the very end that money cannot buy true love or happiness.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Terrible editing

    There were so many typo's' I couldn't get past the first few pages. It's a shame that an author can't get any kind of review because of the terrible editing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    Greatest classic

    Enjoyable reading, Very comparable to the War and Piece, brittish version of High Society saga

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    Terrfic! PBS is bringing new version to TV in fall

    Hard to resist being caught up in the Forsythes lives, and why would anyone? First class depiction of life 100 years ago, and in aspects not too far removed from our own times.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2003

    i adore this book

    every thing in this book is wonderful from the descriptions of english country life to all the love and hate relationships. love it!! so many themes are encountered in this book -love, life, family relationships, money, loyalty, art, and passion

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    A story to read and re-read!!

    What a wonderful novel to read and re-read. Yes, there is a 2nd PBS presentation and it is very complimentary!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2000

    Great Book. Pleasant Reading.

    Gives you wonderful picture of the life and love in England of the Last Century.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Forsyte Saga

    I so enjoy reading this excellent novel; but the text has so many errors in this ebook edition, reading can be frustrating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    Page-turner

    The writing in this epic is masterful, engaging, substantive, and elegant. The story follows a family through three generations beginning in the late 1880s up the in 1920s. The characters are extremely well-developed and really come to life. The subtleties of the characters and the twisting lives of the Forsyte family are fascinating and makes for quite a page turner. I was hooked immediately. I recommend this book to people of all ages. I know that sometimes that novels taking place in this particular era can seem daunting for those of us who crave more modern, or action/adventure books, but there is no lack of excitement here. I urge you to give it a shot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This trilogy set in turn-of-the-twentieth-century England, chronicles the lives, loves, and tragedies of several generations of the Forsyte family. Distinguished by their "sense of property" and individualism in a rapidly shifting England, each Forsyte attempts to find a measure of happiness despite war, divorce, death, and deception. The focus of each book, however, is Soames Forsyte, a unique character in fiction. However, it's not actually Soames Forsyte himself who is interesting, but the ways in which Galsworthy uses him as the lens through which the reader views all of the other characters. For Soames Forsyte, we quickly learn, is basically a cold, shrewd, narrow-minded, selfish man. And yet, his nearly forty-year attempt to understand why his wife (and then ex-wife) Irene so despises him makes the reader, despite herself, actually sympathize with his frustration. Why, Soames asks himself several times in these 800 pages, does Irene hate him so much? Why, when he has given her all the material possessions she could want, respectability, and stability, does she shrink from his touch and refuse to share his bed? What, Soames asks himself and Irene many times, is wrong with him (in Irene's eyes)? Of course, Soames never gets an answer, and just once does Galsworthy refer obliquely to a instinctive repugnance that each one of us has for certain people, something that we cannot explain. The fact that Irene has an affair with one man and then marries another, after her divorce from Soames, only adds salt to his wound. One of the lessons of The Forsyte Saga, then, is that we can never really understand other people, trapped as we are in our own minds, with our prejudices, instincts, desires, and hatreds. How many times have we all wondered why a certain person doesn't desire us as we desire them, or why we can't stand a certain person even when they've never given us cause to dislike them? How many times has each of us wondered if there was something wrong in ourselves, something that everyone else can see but us? Ultimately, Galsworthy shows us the futility of trying to force love or friendship, and suggests that we find that which does make us happy and learn to live in a sometimes hostile, sometimes indifferent world.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Superb Writing

    It has been a very long time since I have read such a superbly written book. The prose is outstanding and any given page in this long story is a treat! The description of the characters and the settings in the story were so wonderful that they stayed in my mind long after I put my NOOK down at night. I found myself dreaming about the people who inhabit this classic story and wondering how it would all turn out. When I finished the story, I found myself not wanting to turn the last page and surrender these characters for whom I had so much empathy and affection. The tragedy of the relationship of Soames and Irene and how it affected their decendents is the best of storytelling. Galsworthy was a genius!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2009

    Life story so touching

    This book has everything. Great character and plot development... When you start reading you just want to go till you all through. Its a great book all together

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