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The Forsyte Saga Collection (The Forsyte Chronicles series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Galsworthy
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Book Description

NOTE: This edition has a linked "Table of Contents" and has been beautifully formatted (searchable and interlinked) to work on your Amazon e-book reader, Amazon Desktop Reader, and your ipod e-book reader.

The Forsyte Saga Collection is a series of three novels and two interludes published by John Galsworthy. They chronicle the life of three generations of the Forsyte family, a wealthy upper middle class English family, in the turbulent years between the 1880s and the 1920s - a time period during which English society was completely transformed.

Only a few generations removed from their farmer ancestors, the family members are keenly aware of their status as "new money." The books are set against the great events of the day - the Boer War and WWI, the rise of Labour, the death of Queen Victoria, and much more.

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.

Included in this collection:
- Book One: The Man of Property - In this first novel of the Forsyte Saga, detailing Soames Forsyte's desire to own things, including his beautiful wife, Irene Forsyte.

He's jealous of her friendships and wants that she should be his alone. He concocts a plan to move her to the country, away from everyone, but she resists his grasping intentions and falls in love with another....

- Interlude One: Indian Summer of a Forsyte - Delves into the newfound friendship between Old Jolyon Forsyte and Irene. This attachment gives Old Jolyon pleasure, but exhausts his strength. He leaves Irene money in his will with Young Jolyon, his son as trustee...

- Book Two: In Chancery - The marital discord of both Soames and his sister Winifred is the subject of the second novel ("Chancery" being a reference to the courts that deal with domestic issues). They take steps to divorce their spouses, Irene, and Montague Dartie respectively. However, while Soames tells his sister to brave the consequences of going to court, he is not willing to go through a divorce himself. Instead he stalks Irene...

- Interlude Two: Awakening - The subject of the second interlude is the naive and exuberant lifestyle of eight-year-old Jon Forsyte. He loves and is loved by his parents. He has an idyllic youth, his every desire indulged...

- Book Three: To Let--This conclusion to the epic Forsyte Saga. Second cousins Fleur and Jon Forsyte meet and fall in love, unknowing of their parents' past affairs, indiscretions, and misdeeds. Their forbidden love is discovered...

These are wonderful, well-written thrilling and vigorous novels. A must-have for classic epic romance story fans!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1268 KB
  • Print Length: 941 pages
  • Publisher: ignacio hills press (TM) and e-Pulp Adventures (TM); 1st edition (March 16, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001XURN06
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possession and Obsession January 28, 2010
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John Galsworthy (1867-1933) was a very popular writer at the turn of the 20th Century. He was the son of a wealthy lawyer and studied law at Oxford. He became a solicitor in 1890 but never practiced law. Instead he used his father's wealth to travel and learn about writing fiction from talented authors including Joseph Conrad.

In the Forsyte Chronicles, Galsworthy created the history of an extended family that begins in the Victorian era in Britain in the early 1800s, extends through the Eduardian Era in the latter decades of the 1800s, and ends after World War I during the British social and economic turmoil of the 1920s.

The Chronicles, now called the Forsyte Saga, is a trilogy of novels: The Man Of Property (1906), In Chancery (1920), and To Let (1921). The fist in the series sets the stage with wealth earned through the driving motivation of land ownership by the founding fathers of the Forsyte family. The actors on the stage have landed riches and establish social networks as cohesive as the royal family in England. Even their relationships are governed by the limits of ownership. Women are the property of their husbands and accept their roles with the reward of financial security.

In Chancery describes the continued accumulation of wealth of the family obtained through careful management of money increasingly independent of private property. There is an unwritten family rule of 4% return on all investments. Social conventions begin to change in the story with the problems brought on by allowing outsiders into the family's closed system through marriages. The women become somewhat rebellious refusing to accept many of the subservient roles that were accepted in the early generation Forsytes.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for a Kindle December 3, 2010
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This review discusses the Kindle reading experience rather than the contents which are well covered in the first reviews. This is a great book about possessiveness as both a constructive although mostly destructive force in human life. The length allows the author to show long term consequences and develop complex relationships.

There are a lot of characters and I highly recommend bookmarking and referring to the Forsyte Family Tree which is included at the back. After the chart is a character list with details about each major character. You can get to it through the Table of Contents.

I first read the Forsyte Saga when PBS ran the BBC dramatization in the 70s. I had a terrible time getting all the books in sequence. I am now re-watching the old series and re-reading the saga. This really shows how technology like DVDs and the Kindle changes how you read. This book is much more accessible than it was when you had to pull together nine books and if you missed a Sunday night, you had to wait years for a rerun.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A man of no property March 25, 2010
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Family secrets, dirty little problems, gambling, divorce, illegitimate babies and a dash of adultery, scandal and forbidden love. Soap opera?

Not exactly. It's Nobel Prize Winner John Galsworthy's sprawling family epic "The Forsyte Saga," a three-volume saga that spans the nouveau riche Forsyte clan, and the devastating events that threaten their ever-respectable facade. Galsworthy's lush writing and intricate, insightful stories are excellent on their own, but the dignified handling of 19th-century laws and mores -- and how they changed -- add an extra dimension to his writing.

The Forsyte family is determinedly regal and hard-nosed, almost to the point of a fault. And as the story begins, the Forsyte family has come together to celebrate June Forsyte's engagement to a young bohemian architect, Philip Bosinney -- except for June's father, who eloped with the governess and is now shunned by his family. Among the guests are the stuffy, domineering Soames Forsyte and his quiet, unhappy wife Irene -- though she conditionally agreed to marry him, she doesn't love him. But Soames regards Irene as his most valuable piece of property, even as she begins an ill-fated affair with Bosinney. At the same time, the patriarch Jolyon starts to kick off family disapproval, and goes to see his estranged son.

Soames' determination to "own" Irene leads to tragedy for all three of them, and Irene and Soames separate for the next decade. But when Soames demands a divorce so he can marry a French girl, he finds himself obsessed and stalking Irene once again. And as before, Soames' harassment drives his estranged wife into the arms of another man -- his disgraced cousin Young Jolyon. And even as Soames gains a new woman, he finds that you don't get everything you want...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the classics December 4, 2011
By Resa
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John Glasworthy's "The Forsyte Saga" is quite a read, but if your going to attempt it I recommend going all in and reading the whole thing. Don't bother just reading each book here and there, you really miss out on what the novel is about if you don't read the whole thing from beginning to end. (I also want to caution any Kindle Fire readers looking to download THIS version of the Forsyte Saga for their Fire. It does not open and you will not be able to read on your device. I read this on my kindle keyboard and it was fine, but it would not open on the Fire).

The Forsyte Saga, as the title implies, tells the story of the Forstye Family, members of the emerging upper middle class in England, and as is so often stated through the collection "men of property". The story in particular focuses on Soames Forsyte, and man who is defined by his sense of possession but goes beyond trying to possess things and desires to possess people. His first wife, Irene, embodies a wild, almost bohemian beauty, the kind which can't be properly possessed, at least not by Forsyte standards, and to say their marriage ends unhappily would be an understatement. The collection follows their marriage, divorce, remarriage, and ends with the love affair of their children, which also ends in tragedy. While the saga could be considered a tale of the trials and tribulations of the upper middle class, the plot is far from that shallow. This is not just the story about a family of means complaining about things they can't have (although it does describe the lives of the 19th century upper-middle class in detail). Galsworthy goes into issues of possession and emotion, and the battle which often occurs between the two, an issue which is timeless and can be compared to the struggles of the rational vs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The great Forsyte Saga, not quite finished, but outstanding!!!
Great stories with parts not finished!!!
Published 14 days ago by Kathleen Igo
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, oddly underrated
I read this out of curiosity, and I conclude it's as good as Edith Wharton or Henry James but somehow got set aside as the 20th century made its list of great writers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debra Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent writing, fascinating characters
This series has almost everything... excellent writing, fascinating characters, interesting stories, intriguing romance. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is a great book
Published 7 months ago by Mary Lou Williamsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Complete.
Very moving and complete portrait of an era. The characters are real, in all their complexities. Satisfying. A long and luxurious read.
Published 7 months ago by Sallie Reynolds
1.0 out of 5 stars I had high hopes for a good epic saga and cannot get into this book
I had high hopes for a good epic saga and cannot get into this book. Doesn't hold my interest, and a great disappointment. Sorry I purchased it.
Published 8 months ago by lovereading
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Havent had time to read it all
Published 8 months ago by Ruth J. Packer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 months ago by Pavlin Lange
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Watched the saga on Acorn TV and wanted to see/ read the rest of the story.
Published 8 months ago by MLT
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forsyte Saga Collection
The Forsyte Saga Collection was truly epic and a riveting story of human nature and the period in which the drama takes place. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eths
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