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The Forsyte Saga Volume 1 by John Galsworthy

The Forsyte Saga Volume 1 by John Galsworthy

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A compelling drama and merciless scrutiny of a newly-monied upper middle class family at the turn of the twentieth century, ‘The Forsyte Saga’ has a sumptuous range of characters; Soames, he of the ‘perpetual sniff’; Old Jolyon, ‘typifying the essential individualism born in the Briton’; the sensuous Bosinney with ‘an air as if he did not quite know on which side his bread was buttered’; Young Jolyon, the free thinker; and, of course, the sexually alluring and impenetrable Irene, catalyst for much dissension and schism within the family The Forsytes believe they will live forever, but the unrelenting, imperturbable façade slowly begins to crumble as Aunt Ann, the oldest Forsyte ever, is interred in the family tomb at the end of this first volume. The author makes his presence and opinion felt with beautifully subtle pinpricks of wit which leave one in no doubt what he thought of the accumulation of wealth and property at the expense of sensitivity and freedom which typified social mobility in the Edwardian period. As in ‘The Dark Flower’ [also published by Assembled Stories], Galsworthy demonstrates a fundamental understanding of underlying sexual currents and their ability to change our destinies. If you have enjoyed ‘The Forsyte Saga’ on television in the past you will be familiar with this engrossing story; if not, prepare to be completely captivated and engaged by one of the best tales ever told. Assembled Stories is producing an unabridged recording of the entire saga to be released in nine volumes throughout the course of 2010.

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