The Man of Property, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


London of the 1880s: The Forsyte family is gathered - gloves, waistcoats, feathers and frocks - to celebrate the engagement of young June Forstye to an architect, Philip Bosinney.

The family are intrigued but wary of this stranger in their midst, who they nickname 'the Buccaneer'.

Amongst those present are Soames Forsyte and his beautiful wife Irene - his most prized possession.

With that meeting a chain of heartbreaking and tragic events is set in motion that will split the family to the very core...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
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  • Category: Sagas
  • ISBN: 9780755340859

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I felt I had to read this, an early modern classic as it is, but I wasn't inspired; to think that there is the rest of the trilogy to go, and *then* further novels is rather daunting! Galsworthy's style is lyrical and elaborate, fitting the Forsyte's era and his own, but I found the introspection to be over-indulgent. There were some thoughtful sentiments and beautiful descriptions, however: Swithin's walk across the park as 'the flight of some land bird across the sea'. Whereas the author obviously loved his enigmatic heroine, as he did the model for Irene Forsyte, I didn't warm to her, or Bosinney, and my sympathy for Soames came to an abrupt close. In fact, the only likeable character for me was old Jolyon, and his tardy love of youth and beauty. A fascinating study of middle-class England at the turn of the century, but perhaps too stolid to endure the entire saga!

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I very much enjoyed this first book of the Forsyte Saga. It is very character driven and therefore interesting to anticipate decisions and actions that will be made, The psychology is carefully and gradually developed and the relationships between the characters intricately woven. I also enjoyed the juxtaposition of the architect with the property owner as the two main characters; it made for a good clash of personality at many levels. An enjoyable read - and although it leads to the sequel, it stands very well on its own.

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Very entertaining, offering an excellent insight into the burgeoning Victorian commercial world.Soames Forsyte seems to have everything, but the most important of his "assets", his beautiful wife Irene, does not return his affection and gradually becomes further estranged while simultaneously becoming more friendly with impecunious architect Philip Bossiney, whom Soames has commissioned to design and build a fine new home in Surrey.The interplay between the numerous members of the Forsyte clan is brilliantly managed, particularly the gradual reconciliation between Old and Young Jolyon.I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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