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La cuillère d'argent (Comédie moderne) (1926)

par John Galsworthy

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Séries: A Modern Comedy (2), The Forsyte Chronicles (5)

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Living in their elegant, fashionable house in Westminster, Fleur and Michael Mont mix with and entertain the glittering society characters of the day. As always, Soames Forsyte is constantly by the side of his daughter Fleur, spoiling and watching over her. But London after the war is a place of carefree, 'live for today' attitudes which are alarming and baffling to old Soames. And just when he thinks he's protecting his daughter, he finds himself triggering a major society scandal...… (plus d'informations)
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Spoiled brat goes to court
is coddled, snubbed, learns nothing
oh well, free world trip! ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
A continuation of the life of Fleur. The bulk of this seems to revolve around her being insulted, her father defending her and the way that things seem to run out of your control after you've initiated them. It's all ver gentile and upper class, even when the knives are out, they're well heeled knives. I'm not sure that the class, in general, comes out of this very well. Michael, with his efforts to be a good member of parliament (even thought he fears he is not) is probably the one who comes across as the person with whom I had the most sympathy. It's all very nice, but I'm not sure where this is going. I also miss the slightly wider cast of characters in the earlier novels. ( )
  Helenliz | Jun 22, 2019 |
An American relative by marriage arrives and pays a call in Westminster, he is a link to the more interesting, artistic, Forsytes in time to be present at a new scandal. Soames overhears a guest at one of his daughter's parties make a disparaging remark about Fleur and defends her. What should have only been some ruffled feathers turns into a major concern and underlines just how much society has changed since the Great War.

While I have come around a bit in regards to Fleur, I still find her irritating. The social nature of this plotline had little of the dramatic edge of 'The White Monkey' for me. Mont's attempts to make a name for himself in politics is interesting historically, but also didn't have the drama I loved in the first trilogy of Forsyte novels.

What made this book readable was Soames, of course. His own interior distress at the changing times and his attempts to do right by his daughter were sympathetic and made for good reading. Soames is still moving well in financial currents and has developed an understanding of fine art, but emotions and what makes people tick are still a mystery to him. The American cousin, Francis Wilmot, has his own struggles with his fascination for the lovely and modern girl who sparked Soames outrage.

This was an interesting social critique of London society and to an extent global politics of the 1920s. I would still only recommend this for Forsyte fans.

'A Modern Comedy'

Next: 'Swan Song'

Previous: 'The White Monkey' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 19, 2019 |
Jon's brother-in-law, Francis Wilmot shows up in London, delivering messages of Jon's love to Fleur, raking up the old feelings of jealousy in Michael. Then follows a society scandal after one of Fleur's parties. One of her guests maligns Fleur in Soames' hearing. He calls her a "traitress" and insists she is shown the door. The fuss that follows is bad enough, but when Soames tries to help he only makes things worse. Poor man, he can't get anything right. He would do anything for his daughter. Things are not going right for Michael either. His support for Foggart and his crackpot theory is well-meant but has the risk of turning him into a parliamentary laughing stock. Michael is such a good person, he tries to help as often as he can but his aid usually goes amiss. Fleur wants to heal her wounds with travel, to go round the world, but as parliament is still sitting Michael is reluctant to leave, however, he manages it that Soames will be her travel partner.

The interlude, Passers By jumps to Washington where Michael has joined Fleur and Soames for the final part of their round the world trip. By chance, Irene, Jon and Ann are staying at the same hotel. Soames suffers as much as he ever has on seeing Irene but his main concern is that Fleur should not meet her first love and endure similar pain.

Galsworthy takes the reader right into the twenties, when life was good for some, and bleak for many. The post-war depression was taking a toll. Although it has soap opera qualities, this is another solid literary episode in the lives of the Forsytes and their extended families while bringing up some interesting policies of the times. ( )
  VivienneR | May 29, 2018 |
The fifth novel in the Forsyte Chronicles centers around Soames' daughter, Fleur, who is still collecting people. At one of her parties, Soames overhears one of her guests insulting his daughter, and quickly calls her a traitor and ushers her out of the house. A lawsuit starts and thinking he is protecting his daughter, Soames pursues it. The result is unhappiness all the way around. Fleur's husband, Michael, is now in Paliament, and trying to convince others of his belief in Foggartism, a theory involving moving "down and outs" to the country, and taking their children away to the colonies at about the age of 14 to give them a chance to make something of themselves before they too are poverty stricken.

I am still enjoying this series very much. Galsworthy's picture of society and those born with a silver spoon is really excellent. ( )
  NanaCC | May 16, 2016 |
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Living in their elegant, fashionable house in Westminster, Fleur and Michael Mont mix with and entertain the glittering society characters of the day. As always, Soames Forsyte is constantly by the side of his daughter Fleur, spoiling and watching over her. But London after the war is a place of carefree, 'live for today' attitudes which are alarming and baffling to old Soames. And just when he thinks he's protecting his daughter, he finds himself triggering a major society scandal...

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