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The Forsyte Saga Volume Two (1929)

par John Galsworthy

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Séries: A Modern Comedy (1-3), The Forsyte Chronicles (4-6)

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John Galsworthy OM (1867-1933) was an English novelist and playwright. He is viewed as one of the first writers of the Edwardian era; challenging in his works some of the ideals of society depicted in the preceeding literature of Victorian England. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932. Notable works include The Forsyte Saga (1906-1921) and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter. From the Four Winds was Galsworthy's first published work in 1897, a collection of short stories. These, and several subsequent works, were published under the pen name John Sinjohn and it would not be until The Island Pharisees (1904) that he would begin publishing under his own name. His first play, The Silver Box (1906) became a success, and he followed it up with The Man of Property (1906), the first in the Forsyte trilogy. Along with other writers of the time such as Shaw his plays addressed the class system and social issues, two of the best known being Strife (1909) and The Skin Game (1920).… (plus d'informations)
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As John Galsworthy's followup trilogy to the marvelous "Forsyte Chronicles," "A Modern Comedy" was a fun way to catch up with the newer generation of the Forsyte family.

This second set up books (and two short stories) follows Soames' daughter Fleur, a spoiled woman who is used to getting what she wants in life, with the major exception of the love of her life.

I enjoyed the initial trilogy a bit more --I really missed the old Forsyte aunts and uncles popping in from time to time.Fleur and her husband are a little less interesting and Soames has mellowed a a bit. Still, I enjoyed it enough that I'll read the final trilogy at some point. ( )
1 voter amerynth | Jun 12, 2015 |
Who knew there was so much to the Forsyte saga? In these three books Fleur Mont, daughter of Soames, takes centre stage. She is an egotistical and self-centred charmer, adored by her father and loved more than she deserves by her husband. Through these three books she learns again, much more painfully than before, that even beautiful clever women can't always get what they want. Galsworthy also gives us the condition of England after the War - a shell shocked near nihilism coming up against the realities of depression and poverty; gives us society spats and devious city slickers and ends with a death scene that moved me to tears. I actually found these three novels more fun than the Victorian trilogy on which Galsworthy's modern reputation rests..
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Michon, GerardTraducteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
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A MODERN COMEDY LIKE 'THE FORSYTE SAGA,' THAT FIRST PART OF THE FORSYTE CHRONICLES, IS DEDICATED TO HER WITHOUT WHOM I KNOW NOT WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN WRITTEN, MY WIFE
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Coming down the steps of the 'Snooks' Club, so nicknamed by George Forsyte in the late 'eighties,' on that momentous mid-October afternoon of 1922, Sir Lawrence Mont, ninth Baronet, set his fine nose towards the east wind, and moved his thin legs with speed. Political by birth rather than by nature, he reviewed the revolution which had restored his Party to power with a detachment not devoid of humour.
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Poetry's only possible when you may be blown up at any moment, or when you live in Putney. (book I: the white monkey: part I: chapter I: promenade)
What good in thinking? Only one life, full of people, of things to do and have, of things wanted--a life only void of one thing, and that--well, if people had it, they never had it long! (book I: the white monkey: part I: chapter II: home)
he's never creative, even by mistake. (book I: the white monkey: part I: chapter II: home)
Desert never spoke of the war, it was not possible to learn from his own mouth an effect which he might have summed up thus: "I lived so long with horror and death; I saw men so in the raw; I put hope of anything out of my mind so utterly, that I can never more have the faintest respect for theories, promises, conventions, moralities, and principles. I have hated too much the men who wallowed in them in mud and blood. Illusion is off. No religion and no philosophy will satisfy me--words, all words. I have still my senses--no thanks to them; am still capable--I find--of passion; can still grit my teeth and grin; have still some feeling of trench loyalty, but whether real or just a complex, I don't know yet. I am dangerous, but not so dangerous as those who trade in words, principles, theories, and all manner of fanatical idiocy to be worked out in the blood and sweat of other men. The war's done one thing for me--converted life to comedy. Laugh at it--there's nothing else to do!" (book I: the white monkey: part I: chapter V: eve)
Dogs and poets distract young women. (book I: the white monkey: part I: chapter VII: "old mont" and "old forsyte")
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John Galsworthy OM (1867-1933) was an English novelist and playwright. He is viewed as one of the first writers of the Edwardian era; challenging in his works some of the ideals of society depicted in the preceeding literature of Victorian England. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932. Notable works include The Forsyte Saga (1906-1921) and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter. From the Four Winds was Galsworthy's first published work in 1897, a collection of short stories. These, and several subsequent works, were published under the pen name John Sinjohn and it would not be until The Island Pharisees (1904) that he would begin publishing under his own name. His first play, The Silver Box (1906) became a success, and he followed it up with The Man of Property (1906), the first in the Forsyte trilogy. Along with other writers of the time such as Shaw his plays addressed the class system and social issues, two of the best known being Strife (1909) and The Skin Game (1920).

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