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  • Title: To Let
  • Author: John Galsworthy
  • ISBN: 9781853262265
  • Page: 496
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  • To Let, the final volume of the Forsyte trilogy, chronicles the continuing feuds of the two factions within the troubled Forsyte family The shadow of the past returns to haunt the lives of a new generation, as Irene s son Jon falls in love with Soames s daughter Fleur with tragic consequences.
    To Let To Let the final volume of the Forsyte trilogy chronicles the continuing feuds of the two factions within the troubled Forsyte family The shadow of the past returns to haunt the lives of a new gener

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    1. I m not sure why I ve found it difficult to write a review of this novel It may be because much of what I want to say about it I ve already written in my reviews of the the first two novels of the The Forsyte Saga trilogy, The Man of Property The Forsyte Saga and In Chancery, which can be found here and here This novel is as witty a commentary on English middle class values as the first two novels in the trilogy Galsworthy s prose is elegant and full of irony and yet he depicts even the least at [...]

    2. I have fallen in love with Galsworthy s writing This third novel of the Forsyte Saga confirmed it Few can describe a setting as well as he does Few have such a subtle wit And, most importantly, few writers convey human emotion as powerfully, subtly, and authentically as does Galsworthy.When I had reached the 2 3rds points, I had the paradoxical emotions of wanting to hurry on to see how the story ends and the desire to slow down and savor the remaining moments, not wanting to leave off these ch [...]

    3. Sadly, Jon and Fleur Forsyte just do not have as much to offer the reader as their parents and grandparents do in the earlier volumes of The Forsyte Saga The book goes over and over the relationship, making very slow forward progress The death of Timothy really does mark the end of the proper family and leaves only Soames as a character of any interest.

    4. 4 stars What a fitting yet melancholy ending to the Forsyte saga I even felt sorry for Soames by the endA word of warning this novel does NOT stand alone To be appreciated, or even understood, the previous novels interludes of the series need to be read first.

    5. In affitto la degna conclusione di una saga che regala ancora una volta pagine di altissima letteratura, un quadro vividissimo di una gloriosa epoca in agonia, che esala gli ultimi respiri al pari di Timothy, ultimo baluardo dei vecchi Forsyte che offre l analisi di una societ profondamente cambiata, dove la propriet , l interesse economico finanziario e la sicurezza cedono il posto a un individualismo sempre pi sfrontato, evanescente e in continuo fermento e dove anche la figura femminile accen [...]

    6. In this third installment of the saga, the aftermath of the war has moved from subtext to text One world has definitively gone, and those who were a product of it are struggling with their dislocation from it Soames is the most overtly conscious of that dislocation and the most angry about it This is the first book also where the time of its setting and its publication are the same Galsworthy is no longer looking backwards at a time lost and remembered but outwards, like Soames but with insight [...]

    7. To Let finds Soames happy in his daughter, Fleur, if not with his wife Annette, and Irene and Young Jolyon happy and at ease with themselves and their son, Jon This comes to an end when the two cousins meet and fall in love, without knowing the history of their parents Their romance is forbidden by their parents, but the situation is beyond control.This novel threatens to be melodrama, dealing with star crossed lovers and wringing hands and, yes, death Galsworthy always prevents this, sometimes [...]

    8. To Let finishes up the Forsyte saga but is only third in Galsworthy s 9 books It picks up two decades after the end of In Chancery, and clashes the two Forsyte branches Soames and Jolyon Irene together when their children, now grown, meet and fall in love This book engaged me quickly than the first two in the series, possibly because the groundwork was done, and I was already bought into the characters The second generation is aging, and the first generation hangs on by a thread Timothy, too af [...]

    9. To Let the third book of The Forsyte Saga opens several years after we last saw the Forsyte family, it is now 1920, and Fleur, Soames daughter and Jon, Jolyon and Irene s son are almost nineteen, and so far have never met Since the scandal which resulted in Irene marrying her ex husband Soames cousin Jolyon Forsyte, the two sides of the family have not met Fleur and Jon have so far heard no whiff of the events of twenty years earlier their parents have shielded them from the past, each of them h [...]

    10. To Let goes on with lives of the various families, and chiefly of young Jolyon and his now wife Irene and their home at Robin Hill, with his other children and their various cousins and uncles being part of the story Soame s nephew Val Dartie falls in love with young Jolyon s daughter by his second marriage, Holly, and the two second cousins manage to marry and be happy in spite of an initial lack of acceptance by the clan due to their being not only second cousins but also related to parties fe [...]

    11. LIFE TO LET The Forsyte Saga, Book ThreeGalsworthy writes about the primitive and driving all desire of a human being to possess and to belong But the harsh irony of life is that we come into this world naked and alone, and we leave it in the same way During the great journey called life we can feed the illusions of fullness of ownership, but we cannot own our dearest possessions spouses, children and even what we think is rightfully ours People we love or want to control for their own good, as [...]

    12. I liked the book a lot Galsworthy has a very, nice evocative touch with nice personality insights However, he rushed the ending It was not in full scene, but in summary, muting, for me, the emotional impact of changes Fleur and Jon chose.His diction sometimes was archaic, but it usually pleased me Here s two passages that especially pleased me His mother never made him practice piano tunes he didn t like, so that he remained eager to convert ten thumbs to eight fingers He was quite of the opinio [...]

    13. Molto bello anche questo terzo e ultimo capitolo della saga dei Forsyte Si perdono a e affetti, ma ci che pi teme un vero Forsyte la perdita della propriet , vivere in affitto Eppure ci che succede ai vari personaggi, si affittano mogli per avere un erede, si affittano fidanzati, che poi diventano mariti, per dimenticare il vero a, si affittano artisti per non accorgersi della propria solitudine, e via cos Soames Forsyte l emblema di tutto ci una vita dedicata a possedere cose perdendo le person [...]

    14. The third and final book of The Forsyte Saga, by now one almost though by no means completely understands the familial relationships without constantly going back to the family tree Oh poor, property loving, unsexy Soames, who can t feel or inspire love I first met him in the 2002 BBC miniseries, played by Damien Lewis, who would go on to find fame and sexiness in Homeland At any rate, Galsworthy s portrayal of the British upper though not aristocratic class before and after WWI is entertaining [...]

    15. This volume is the resolution of the Forsyte family s domestic trauma detailed in A MAN OF PROPERTY.Enjoyed it immensely but the new generation, as no doubt their parents would attest, cannot hold a candle to the strength and temerity of their elders.The 3 volumes have taken us from 1880s to post WW I Jazz age Fashion and technology may change, but family discord outlasts the societal upheavals Fleur Forsyte is entitled and grasping, but even she is no match for the bond between her father s ex [...]

    16. Forsyte Chronicles This work developed over a lifetime and began with a simple theme, that of individual s right to life and love, especially those of a woman The first trilogy, Forsyte Saga, is the most famous of all There are three trilogies, Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter being the second and the third The Forsyte Change was written as separate stories about the various characters and spans the time from migration of Jolyon Forsyte the original, referred to usually as Superior Dosset, t [...]

    17. Note this review contains spoilers relating to the previous two books of the trilogy In the final book of the trilogy we see the Forsyte family is no longer the cohesive unit it once was The gatherings at Timothy s are no and with that gone so passes the Forsyte Change that social connection whereby every Forsyte knew everyone else s business and secrets It might have been annoying for some but it was the social glue holding everyone together Now it has gone Timothy is the only one of the old g [...]

    18. TO LET 1920, 1921 John Galsworthy This was the final novel in the first trilogy of The Forsyte Chronicles This was followed by two trilogies, but the real meat of this work is in the first three In this installment of the sage, the author moves the focus to the period just after WW I, when women suddenly had rights, and the role of government in the lives of its subjects has changed dramatically When we left the Forsyte family, the focus was on Soames and his relationship with Irene He finally [...]

    19. I enjoyed listening to the story I thought the relationship between Soammes and his daughter a bit wierd all th e dear and darling from fleur and his obsseive feeligs for fleur I think it was funny how though outwardly soammes was aversed to the idea of fleur and jon he caved in for his daughter but irene who showed no obvious outward sign and seemed happy outwardly to do as he pleased but she was not happy and you have to question whether her obvious tenseness was a poy to get him to do what sh [...]

    20. This is the conclusion the Forsyte Saga Jon Forsyte, son of Young Jolyon Forsyte and Irene who was so miserable in her marriage to Soames that she walked away from it despite the damage that would do to her position in society meets and falls in love with his second cousin Fleur Forsyte, daughter of Soames Of course, no one has ever told them the history Soames still focuses on the idea that Irene was his property, just like the paintings he s bought, and property should not choose to walk away [...]

    21. Will give this 3.5 starts when it goes to Booklikes This was the best in the Forsyte Saga The Great War is over, the Victorian era has been left behind and Britain is beginning its decline as the world power There is political unrest and the rich are concerned they will be taxed out of their wealth The importance of possession is diminishing, even in the Forsyte family.Fleur is not affected by any of the world events around her As the only child of Soames, she has been spoiled One day she meets [...]

    22. This is the last book in the Forsyte Saga trilogy The second book ended in 1901, and was followed by a short Interlude that brought us up to 1909 To Let covers spring to early fall in 1920 With family tree in hand I saw the deaths and marriages foretold on the tree.The central character, Soames Forsyte, struggles with the changes brought by the twentieth century, and continues to be tormented by the loss of the love of his life, Irene Though the nation is changing, and the younger generation is [...]

    23. I read the whole Forsyte Saga for the first time as a teenager in hs and thought it was too, too, very, very as they said back then I know appreciate the portait of a Victorian entity, which is the only word that describes the extended Forsyte family The building antipathy between the branches of the family becomes ominous and one beings to intimately know the characters That is the genius of Galsworthy the paints a social portrait, but within it there are entities that by their particularity a [...]

    24. The final book of The Forsyte Saga was a bit of a let down for me The members of the third generation weren t as interesting as those of the first two generations It dragged on a bit with a stereotypical young lovers theme.All in all, the three books together are a four star read It s a well written saga and it earned John Galsworthy the Nobel Prize for Literature Humour, irony, carefully uncovered secrets of the upper middle class, detailed description of epoch And it is really engaging to foll [...]

    25. Very sad to finish this series, although it s comforting to hear there are later books about a couple of cousins and a Dinty Moore Forsyte somewhere around, To Let really feels like the end What wonderfully ambiguous characters, what hilarity, and Soames, so stodgy, so irrevocably awful, and yet so sympathetic right up to the end One gripe Not letting us in on Irene s perspective felt like a daring move in the first book, but by the third turned out to be a not so good, albeit doggedly consisten [...]

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