Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

The Forsyte Sage by John Galsworthy
1999, Oxford University Press


Synopsis: The three novels which make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family between 1886 and 1920. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women. This is the only critical edition of the work available, with Notes that explain contemporary artistic and literary allusions and define the slang of the time.

The Good: The Forsyte Saga is wonderfully written and contains beautifully fleshed out characters. This story is a true epic in every sense. Spanning over 35 years in the lives of the Forsyte family, this Saga is akin to a long-running and better written soap opera. For those who are interested in society set in the late 1800 / early 1900 era, this may well be the perfect book.

The Bad: The time period was a bit of a downer for me. The book was beautiful and entertaining as it was written, but my problem with the book is more my personal preference than anything else.

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