The "man of property", Soames Forsyte, has mellowed with the passing of the years until, in his old age, he is a patient and benign figure, guarding with especial tenderness the welfare of his daughter, Fleur. But all his watchfulness and devotion are powerless to avert tragedy when Fleur revives her old love affair with Jon Forsyte on Jon's return to England with his American wife.
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)
If you could sum up Swan Song in three words, what would they be?
Love and Loss
What other book might you compare Swan Song to, and why?
This Book is No 6 in the series, and the story of the Forsyte family carries you with it, like a tidal wave.
There is no getting off, so Book One should carry a Govt Health warning
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Oh dear...the narrator.
His ability to capture the characters is quite amazing especially Soames and Fleur, BUT his insistence on having a rising cadence at the end of each sentence is maddening.
If it doesn't rise, it falls, in an over languid style, which is still very off putting , even at Book 6
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
We ration these books, as greed will/could give indigestion. But we couldn't walk away from the story until The End
Any additional comments?
A must read for everybody