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To Let by John Galsworthy

To Let (1921)

by John Galsworthy

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Series: The Forsyte Chronicles (3)

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This takes place over a comparatively short period of time, and focuses on the relationship between Jon (son of Young Jolyon & Irene) and Fleur (daughter of Soames and Annette). It is, as one might imagine, doomed from the start.
Fleur is very direct and goes after what she wants. She is, after all, the apple of her father's eye and has never been denied anything. Spoilt, in other words. She embarks on the grand passion she has for Jon in a very self centered way, it is always about her. At one point Irene sums them up as Jon is a giver and Fleur a taker - which might look like a model for an ideal marriage, but I suspect it would be a disaster as well. Jon, however, seems a bit bewildered by it all, being swept along by Fleur and never really being actively involved. Until he does make a stand and that one is irrevocable.
Of the older generation, Soames is more rounded here, he clearly adores Fleur, but has not really developed any emotional intelligence in the almost 20 years since we sw him last. Irene remains unknowable and distant, known only through young Jolyon, really, we see her through his eyes. It's a period of upheaval for the world, the shadow of WW1 hangs over this, although we don't hear of there being much impact on the Forsytes of this, they are either too old or too young, as a rule. It also has the passing of the last Forsyte and the most complicated will imaginable, which, by my calculation,might just be paid out in a year or so's time!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this sequence of books and can see myself finishing the 9 book sequence at some time. ( )
  Helenliz | Aug 25, 2018 |
This is the last book in the Forsyte sage, and the one where the family feud among the Forsytes comes to an ugly end. Both Soames and Young Jolyn now have late-in-life children: Soames a girl names Fleur and Jolyn a young son named after himself but called Jon. It is now 1920 and most of the older generation of Forsytes are now gone and the focus is on the youngest generation.

Fleur and Jolly meet cute at June Forsyte's art gallery where there is an immediate attraction. Neither knows the family history, but Fleur, who seems much more on the ball that the somewhat clueless Jon, quickly figures out some of the story and then worms the whole truth out of June. She decides to keep the truth from Jolly, sensing that his knowledge of it will ruin their relationship. Instead she presses him to marry her.

Of course, both sides of the family are appalled by this romance. Soames, however, is willing to make allowances in order for the marriage to take place. Irene, however,refuses to accept it and in an overly dramatic climax Jolyn tells Jon of all the sordid facts of Soames and Irene's marriage and the relationship is over. Fleur marries a perfectly nice young aristocrat on the rebound (and the poor boy really deserves better) and Jon heads off to America to lick his wounds.

The beautiful house that Soames originally built for Irene is now vacant and "to let." ( )
  etxgardener | Apr 24, 2018 |
Galworthy's characters and the setting are fabulous. The entire saga was a page-turner. Old and new passions are aroused when Soames' daughter, Fleur, falls in love with Irene and Young Jolyon's son. The saga concludes in 1920 with a marriage, and with Timothy's funeral; the introduction of the new generation and the end of the old.

“The hymn was over, the prelate had begun to deliver his discourse. He told them of the dangerous times they lived in, and the awful conduct of the House of Lords in connection with divorce. They were all soldiers--he said--in the trenches under the poisonous gas of the Prince of Darkness, and must be manful. The purpose of marriage was children, not mere sinful happiness.” ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Mar 4, 2018 |
The last volume in the Forsyte saga.

I loved this quote:
"He didn't know about the French, but there was not much
real harm in English people except their teeth and their taste,
which was certainly deplorable." ( )
  amareshjoshi | May 23, 2016 |
The third book in the first trilogy of The Forsyte Chronicles focuses on Fleur, Soames' daughter by his second wife, and Jon, Irene's son by her second marriage to Soames' cousin, "young" Jolyon. Soames still harbors jealousy and resentment toward his cousin for marrying the one great passion of his life, and Irene and Jolyon despise Soames. When their children meet and fall in love, you know that it can only end badly.

Galsworthy plays up the societal changes that are taking place after the War. After Soames' uncle dies, the last of his father's generation, he visits the family gravesite. As he sits contemplating the past, he thinks once more of his successes and failures.

""To Let"---the Forsyte age and way of life, when a man owned his soul, his investments, and his woman, without check or question. And now the State had, or would have, his investments, his woman had herself, and God knew who had his soul. "to Let"---that sane and simple creed!"

I really love Galsworthy's characters in this trilogy. I hope that the second and third trilogies are as good. I'm looking forward to them. ( )
1 vote NanaCC | May 16, 2016 |
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The Novels, Tales, and Plays of John Galsworthy (Devon Edition) Vol.III The Forsyte Saga Vol. III Awakening To Let
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Soames Forsyte has built a good life for himself with his second wife Annette, and he has a new focus and purpose—his beautiful, beloved daughter Fleur. But the sins of the father come flooding back to cast a shadow over his child's future. When Fleur, a vibrant and impetuous young woman, catches the eye of warm-hearted and idealistic Jon Forsyte at a chance meeting, it seems fate is determined to torture them all with the hurts of the past!

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The final chapter in the saga of a once-wealthy English family tormented by the sins of their past. Old loves threaten to jeopardize a family?s future in the final installment of the Forsyte Saga. Part social satire, part melodrama, this captivating novel brings to fascinating life author John Galsworthy?s preoccupations with class, gender, and morality. Soames and Irene Forsyte have finally separated after years of turmoil. Irene is now wed to Soames?s cousin Jolyon and Soames to Annette. But when the children of these marriages, second cousins unaware of the prolonged and painful family saga that has slowly unfolded across generations, uncover the dark history, their parents will stop at nothing to put an end to their love affair. Soames?s daughter, Fleur, is charming and beautiful, but does she have the same tendencies toward possessiveness that drove a wedge between Soames and Irene? Or will the young aristocrat Michael Mont succeed in winning Fleur?s hand, thus restoring the family to wealth and prominence? And does Soames find a morbid reflection of himself when he combs through the effects of his departed Uncle Timmy, a lifelong recluse and hoarder? To Let brings to a fitting conclusion John Galsworthy?s engrossing saga of family life and the conflicting demands of romance and social class. The Forsyte Saga is a masterpiece of British literature, as pertinent and as resonant today as it was in Edwardian England. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.… (more)

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