The Man of Property



The Man of Property The Most Prized Item In Soames Forstye S Collection Of Beautiful Things Is His Wife, The Enigmatic Irene But When She Falls In Love With Bosinney, A Penniless Architect Who Utterly Rejects The Forsyte Values, Their Affair Touches Off A Series Of Events Which Can Only End In Disgrace And Disaster.John Galsworthy Tackles His Theme Of The Demise Of The Upper Middle Classes With Irony And Compassion.

10 thoughts on “The Man of Property

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    The first couple of chapters overwhelm the humble reader with Too Many Damn Characters, all of whom appear to be 75 years old To get this pack of Forsytes into your head, then, you may consult the family tree helpfully printed at the front of the book, where you will see that the original Jolyon Forsyte had TEN childrenAnn Aunt Ann Jolyon Old Jolyon JamesSwithinRogerJulia Aunt Juley Hester Aunt Hester NicholasTimothySusanSome of whom have seven or eight of their own and so on But my advice is, however helpful this family tree seems to be, DON T LOOK AT IT Because of course it s stuffed with spoilers this person marries that person, that one divorces this one and marries her instead So really you can only look at the family tree when you ve read all nine novels in the saga Not that useful, then.John Galsworthy, our ever affable, ultra clubbable narrator, gradually, at a leisurely strolling pace this is not a hard boiled crime story , unfolds, with the use of many, many commas, clauses and even, a stumbling block for the modern reader, a free hand with the semi colon, the situation of this nobby gang of Forsytes Not for one moment are we in any doubt about what this novel is interested in 1 The upper middle class not the middle middle, and not the lower upper And certainly not the poor their part in this saga is to se...

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    I remember the late BBC television adaptation of this book and presumably one or of its sequels being shown on television when I was a young teenager I didn t watch it, probably because it was aimed at the grown ups and as a thirteen year old I wasn t much of a fan of bonnet and long frock drama series A shame really, because if the television series was as good as this book, it must have made very fine viewing indeed.This is the first novel in what ultimately became a nine novel, multi generational family saga It concerns the extended Forsyte family, a wealthy middle class London family of yeoman farmer stock At the beginning of the novel, all ten elderly Forsyte siblings are still alive Their father had made money and moved to London, where the six sons of the family successfully engage in business and the professions Some of the Forsyte siblings are married, some are not Some have children to carry on the family name, others are childless What distinguishes a true Forsyte, though, is not membership of a wealthy and successful family but a particular philosophy Acquisitiveness is a somewhat simplistic but nevertheless accurate description of that philosophy Greed is another.I m not sure what I expected when I started listening to the audiobook edition of the novel However, I was in the mood for another multi gener...

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    As an English child of the sixties there were a number of sides to choose Beatles or Stones Mods or Rockers Irene or Soames Everyone in our street had a view Feminists backed Irene, traditionalists bigots were for Soames Men backed Soames, women, Irene Men who had watched the BBc were for Irene because Nyree Dawn Porter reached heights of grace and beauty that slowed the blood, then quickened it I was only 10 and didn t really know what they were talking about I ve just read the book and now at least I know why they were talking Its a superb story and these two are probably the pick of a crop of memorable and acutely observed characters The Forsytes are out of fashion The recent TV adaptation failed to get anyone talking, and Galsworthy is often considered the wrong English writer to have won the Nobel prize OK he wasn t a modernist ...

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    E stato ripubblicato da poco dall editore Elliot questo romanzo scritto nel 1906 da John Galsworthy, futuro premio Nobel per la letteratura nel 1932 L edizione che ho letto quella appena pubblicata, non questa che ho messo in libreria, per pigrizia ho lasciato la vecchia edizione Garzanti comunque il traduttore il medesimo E il primo volume della cd saga dei Forsyte a tale proposito confesso che certamente sapere che vi un seguito suscita aspettativa, come tutte le saghe che si rispettino, per pensandoci bene leggere questo volume significa leggere un romanzo completo, e molto bello.La famiglia Forsyte una famiglia della prospera borghesia capitalistica inglese dell epoca vittoriana, sono azionisti delle prime grandi compagnie industriali, sono avvocati o banchieri che lavorano nella City londinese lo scrittore narra vicende di questa famiglia ma essa le rappresenta tutte, tutte quelle famiglie del suo ceto sociale e della sua epoca E una famiglia in cui gli elementi maschili sono rappresentanti di una ben precisa t...

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    Justice, there is no justice for men, for they are forever in the dark In some novels, the author s admiration for their creations is obvious in varying degrees, a novelist will let you in on who is their favorite, sometimes annoyingly so as much as I liked the Harry Potter books, the refrain of Harry, Ron and Hermonie that constantly began chapters became, dare I say, tiresome.Here the reader doesn t get the sense that Galsworthy really admires any of his subjects, expect perhaps for Old Jolyon and Young Jolyon It was at times reminiscent of Trollope s The way we live now like that wonderful novel, it constructed a story that questioned ideas of principle at the basis of the upper class Here, Galsworthy equates it all with property indeed, a redemptive moment in the novel, when a character comes to a realization about his behavior and and a scope broader than himself, it is couched as behavior that it unpractical and, hence, in the Forsyte parlance, useless.Here we see the notion of property as principle taken to it...

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    Valutazione 4,5Una bellissima prosa, a tratti essenziale, a tratti sublime nelle descrizioni, nei dialoghi, nelle introspezioni e nella caratterizzazione dei personaggi Un primo libro della Saga dei Forsyte che invoglia a continuare la lettura per scoprire la vera essenza di questa granitica famiglia vittoriana cos t...

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    Set in London in the late 19th century, this is the first volume in a trilogy not counting the interludes describing the evolving fortunes of the Forsyte family All of them, at least in this first part, or less subscribe to the same family philosophy property get cheap and keep Not unlike many other English, then as well as now, worryi...

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    This is the first book of the nine volume Forsyte Saga I didn t watch the tv series so I had no particular expectations about this book but I liked it a lot The story of the large Forsyte family is told in the third person with irony and wit The central event is the affair of Irene Forsyte with the young, impoverished architect Bosinney and how her husband Soames handles the affair not very effectively , however the upper middle class clan of Forsytes is full of interesting members I loved the way in which both the physical characteristics and the personalities of the characters were described In the view of Irene s father in law, Bosinney is sharper than he had thought and better looking than he had hoped.The book touches on many issues, including the legal system, family estrangements, the position of women in society and aging I don t know whether I was supposed to sympathize with Irene...

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    He had long forgotten how he had hovered, lanky and pale, in side whiskers of chestnut hue, round Emily, in the days of his own courtship He had long forgotten the small house in the purlieus of Mayfair, where he had spet the early days of his married life, or rather, he had long forgotten the early days, not the small house, a Forsyte never forgot a house he had afterwards sold it at a clear profit of four hundred pounds I know I read this in my late 20 s or early 30s, but I don t remember much of the story, so I was glad to pick it up again for that reason But also, I wonder if it didn t stick with me because I read it too young I suspect that I understand the themes, character motivations and satire much better now that I am older and a better reader It was also interesting to read since the character St John Clark from A Dance to the Music of Time was allegedly modeled on Galsworthy Published in 1906, The Man of Property, is the first book in the 9 book Forsyte saga, reads like a Victorian novel and takes place in the late Victorian period The Man o...

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