The Forsyte Chronicles has become established as one of the most popular and enduring works of 20th century literature, described by the New York Times as "A social satire of epic proportions and one that does not suffer by comparison with Thackeray's Vanity Fair...[a] whole comedy of manners, convincing both in its fidelity to life and as a work of art."
John Galsworthy received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932.
"[Galsworthy] has carried the history of his time through three generations, and his success in mastering so excellently his enormously difficult material, both in its scope and in its depth, remains an extremely memorable feat in English literature." (Anders Osterling, Nobel Prize presentation speech, 1932)
I think anyone who loves a good tale well told will love this novel with one foot in the Victorian era and the other well planted in modernity"
The concerns I have with Galsworthy's earlier novels as being overly self-conciously satyrical, seem to be able to allow the characters to tell the story themselves instead of following the heavy hand of the author" I did not find the reader's highly dramatic interpretation of the story of love of place and family to get in the way as much as it did in the earlier novels.
Dinny is a strong and appealing character as she embodies the most positive of English traits. Read this book and disappear in to it. Have fun in there. I did.
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John Galsworthy is well deserving of a Nobel prize in literature. And David Case brings these books alive in a way that I could no do by reading them myself. The language is exquisite, and the narration is perfect. I've read all the books in the series up to now. Highly recommended.