The Forsyte Saga


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(1922)



This novel is not one book, but six. "The Man of Property" begins in 1886, at the engagement party of young June Forsyte and a Bohemian architect, Philip Bosinney. Almost all the Forsytes (whom Galsworthy describes as a “species” of wealthy Englishman) are present. There are the mid-Victorian “old Forsytes”, the “younger Forsytes” who are Late-Victorian, who have inherited incomes and property. The predominant character, Soames Forsyte, is unhappily married to an enigmatic, beautiful woman, Irene, whose friendship with Bosinney, along with Soames’ possessiveness, becomes a tragic love affair. It begins a family feud throughout the Saga, ravaging the lives of many, including the next generation. This is much more than a love story, but a brilliant study of Victorian, Edwardian and post-war manners. Soames is the most constant character and one either loves or hates him for his beliefs and actions. This is also true of Irene, whose character is still being debated today.--Submitted by Gwynhwyfar


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I haven`t already read this book till the end nd I don`t know if the heroes will change much or not. I`d like to know your attitude to Soames and mabe express your opinion about the others characters. As for me, I feel some sympathy to him. Maybe just the fact that he was brought up in such a kind of family made him such an unpleasant kind of owner and his strange habit to explain every human feeling by self profit?


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