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To Let by John Galsworthy

To Let (1921)

by John Galsworthy

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Series: The Forsyte Chronicles (3), The Forsyte Saga (3)

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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. ( )
  NanaCC | May 16, 2016 |
Rather sad but extremely fitting end to the saga. I really liked it but the novel wouldn't stand up well on its own -- you really have to have read the previous books in the series to appreciate (or even fully understand) it. ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 18, 2015 |
Maybe just a tiny bit less interesting than the previous book (which was a tiny bit interesting than the first), but still enough family drama to be intriguing and keep my reading. ( )
  digitalmaven | Apr 5, 2014 |
In this third installment of The Forsyte Saga, the missteps of the older generation fall back upon the next. The greatest strength of the series is Galsworthy's masterful creation of Soames Forsyte, a man who, while clearly despicable, also manages to evoke the reader's sympathy. In the first two novels, Soames's first concern was always his reputation--doing what was "right" in the eyes of Victorian society and the law, and holding on to his property with tight fists. Only in a few private moments did we see that he was also a man tormented by deep feelings of passion and rejection.

Eighteen years later, in To Let, Soames has poured all the love he can muster into his only child, Fleur, born of a loveless marriage that was made strictly for the purpose of producing an heir. But his relatively happy life is severely disrupted by a chance encounter: while visiting a gallery, he and Fleur come across his first wife, Irene, her son, Jon, and Jon's half-sister, June. (Irene, after being divorced by Soames, had married his cousin, Jolyn; Jon is their only child, and June is Jolyn's daughter from a first marriage.) Attracted to the young man, Fleur drops her handkerchief to force an encounter in what is probably the most devastating handkerchief loss in literature since Othello. She is surprised when her father exchanges a few words with June but coldly moves them on. All she is told is that these are people from another branch of the Forsyte family and that there had been a rift years ago over "property"--which intrigues Fleur all the more. And so it goes . . .

A thoroughly enjoyable addition to the series; I'm looking forward to the next. ( )
1 vote Cariola | Sep 29, 2012 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0755340876, Paperback)

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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To Let concludes John Galsworthy's Forsyte Saga, the first trilogy of his epic nine-volume Forsyte Chronicles, which follows the fortunes of the venerable Forsyte family, a moneyed clan whose values are ever at war with its passions. In To Let, Irene's son, Jon, and Soames' daughter, Fleur, now both nineteen years old, fall in love. But when Jon learns of the past feud between their families, he decides that he cannot marry Fleur. To drive her from his mind, he travels to America with his mother, Irene. In despair, Fleur throws herself at her long-standing admirer, Michael Mont, a fashionable baronet's son, and the two are married. Meanwhile, Soames Forsyte learns that his second wife, Annette, has been unfaithful to him, and is left desolately contemplating the sale of Robin Hill. When Timothy Forsyte, the last of the old generation, dies at the age of one hundred, the Forsyte family begins to disintegrate.… (more)

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