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To Let, the final volume of the Forsyte trilogy, chronicles the continuing feuds of the two factions within the troubled Forsyte family. The shadow of the past returns to haunt the lives of a new generation, as Irene's son Jon falls in love with Soames's daughter Fleur with tragic consequences....

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To Let Reviews

  • Kim
    2019-05-30 00:22

    I'm not sure why I've found it difficult to write a review of this novel. It may be because much of what I want to say about it I've already written in my reviews of the the first two novels of the The Forsyte Saga trilogy, The Man of Property: The Forsyte Saga and In Chancery, which can be found here and here. This novel is as witty a commentary on English middle class values as the first two novels in the trilogy. Galsworthy's prose is elegant and full of irony and yet he depicts even the least attractive of his characters with understanding and compassion. Although I occasionally thought the narrative dragged just a bit, I remained engaged, probably because after listening to the first two novels, I had invested a lot of time in getting to know the Forsytes and wanted to know what happened to them. As a whole, the trilogy is much more than just a multi-generational soap opera. Galsworthy chronicled the passing of the Victorian and Edwardian ages, and the social, economic and political changes experienced by the English middle class as it moved into the 20th century. Into that social commentary, he wove a meditation on love, life, death, beauty, the good and the bad of human feelings and aspirations. For a novelist writing in the 1920s, Galsworthy had a rather old-fashioned style, but his writing is accessible, he had something to say and he was able to make his characters and the dilemmas they face seem very real. All in all, I found listening to the audiobook edition of the novel a most worthwhile and at times moving experience. As I've mentioned in my reviews of the other novels in the trilogy, David Case is entirely the right narrator for this work. However, there is a minor problem with the production values of the audiobook in that a number of sentences are repeated, something which obviously should have been picked up in the editing process. It was good to be listening to this book as my friend Jemidar was reading it. I'm glad that she liked the book as much as I did.

  • Siv30
    2019-05-30 04:23

    עשרים שנים אחרי. השנה 1920, מלחמת העולם הראשונה הסתיימה זה מכבר. סומס בן 65, נשוי לאנט, אדם אמיד ביותר. בתו פלר בת 19. במשך 20 שנים לא נפגש עם איירין וגוליאן ונראה כי העבר הוא צל רחוק.איירין בת 50 וגוליאן בן 72, מצבו הבריאותי מעורער והוא כל יום עשוי למות. בנם ג'ון בן 19, רק 6 חודשים מפרידים בינו ובין פלר.ואז פגישה בלתי צפוייה בגלרייה של ג'ון בתו מנשואיו הראשונים של גוליאן.פלר וג'ון נפגשים לראשונה ומגלים שהם בני דודים וכידוע אקדח שמופיע במערכה הראשונה, בוודאי ירה במערכה האחרונה. סומס נסער מהפגישה, ופלר מתחילה לחטט בעבר.נשואיו של סומס לאנט היו אכזבה רבתית. הנחמה היחידה שלו היא פלר בתו. הזכרונות מכרסמים בו והמפגש החטוף עם איירין מעלה בו את התשוקה הישנה שלו אליה.פלר וג'ון מתאהבים באהבה ממבט ראשון. פלר בחושיה מבינה שאסור להם לחשוף את האהבה שלהם והיא משכנעת את ג'ון לשמור אותה חשאית. אך איירין הקשובה לרחשי ליבו של בנה, מבינה שהוא התאהב בפלר והיא וג'וליאן מטכסים עצה להרחיק אותו מפלר. הם שולחים את ג'ון עם איירין ל 7 שבועות לאיטליה.ג'ון משכנע את אמו איירין לנסוע לספרד במקום איטליה. בתקופה הזו פלר לא כותבת לו אך ג'ון אינו שוכח אותה ואת אהבתו והוא מקצר את שהייתם בספרד כדי לחזור לאנגליה.סומס, מודאג מהטיפול בירושה שלו. במקביל הוא מגלה שאנט בוגדת בו ומתעמת איתה. הם שניהם מסכימים שלטובת פלר, יש להימנע מסקנדל ופירוק הנשואים. סומס מתגלה כגיבור הטראגי של הסיפור. קודם נשואיו לאיירין, אז הסקנדל הנורא עם בוסינט, אחר כך נשואיה לג'וליאן בן דודו ועכשיו אנט, מתגלה כטיפוס נצלני ובוגדני.פלר מגלה בעזרת ג'ון , בתו של ג'וליאן, פרטים נוספים על הקרע בין המשפחות. לאחר פגישה עם איירין ברובין היל היא מחליטה להיות אמיצה ולהיפרד מג'ון.אבל, החלטות לבד וביצוע לבד. פלר נפגשת עם ג'ון ומנסה ללחוץ עליו להנשא בסתר. ג'ון אינו מוכן לפגוע כך בהוריו ומבקש זמן לחשוב.פלר מתעמתת עם אביה בקשר לעבר. סומס שנמצא במצב רגיש גם בעקבות גילוייו על אנט מתפרץ ומסרב לשמוע על אהבתה לג'ון. ג'ון חוזר לביתו להודיע להוריו שהוא מאורס לפלר אך אביו ג'וליאן מתעמת איתו ונותן לו מכתב בו הוא מפרט את ההיטוריה המשפחתית. בזמן שג'ון קורא את המכתב, ליבו של ג'וליאן בוגד בו והוא מת.הזעזועים נוחתים על ג'ון אחד אחר השני. קודם הגילויים על אמו, על סומס אביה של פלר ואז המוות. זה אחד הפרקים הכי טובים בטרילוגיה כולה. ג'ון מתבגר באחת כשהוא מבין שרק הוא נותר בעולם לאימו איירין. יש צדק פואטי במוות של ג'וליאן ובעובדה שג'ון מאוהב בפלר. איירין עשתה עוולות כבדות לסומס. במכתב לג'ון העוולות מתבהרות. נישואים בין פלר לג'ון יקשרו שוב בין סומס לאיירין והבית שסומס בנה לאיירין יהפוך לביתה של פלר. ג'וליאן זכה מההפקר מהעובדה שהוא היה במקום הנכון בזמן הנכון.במקביל, הברון מונט מצהיר על אהבתו לפלר. הדמות של מונט כל כך שולית וצדדית בסיפור היא נבלעת באירועים המסעירים. הוא ממש חסר חשיבות למעט הכסף של משפחתו.פלר נוסעת לבקר את ג'ון, היא מצהירה שוב על אהבתה ומבקשת ממנו לשכוח מהעבר ולהינשא ולא לוותר על אהבתם. ג'ון שזרעי האיבה נשתלו בו ממכתב שהותיר לו אביו טוען שהוא לא מוותר על אהבתם אך ניכר כי הוא החל להישחף רחוק מפלר.פלר מבקשת מאביה סומס לעשות מאמץ ולגשת לדבר עם איירין ולשכנע אותה להתיר את הנישואים. סומס מוחל על כבודו ונוסע לפגוש את איירין.המפגש עם איירין אינו צולח וסומס חוזר עם תשובה שלילית לפלר. האכזבה הקשה של פלר מכה בשניהם. סומס שוב מתגלה כדמות טראגית של הסאגה כשהוא סופג השפלות וכאב וצורב של בתו.ג'ון נוסע לשנה שבסופה הוא מתיישב בקולומביה החדשה שבקלפורניה. הוא מזמין את איירין לחיות איתו בארה"ב.פלר מתחתנת עם מונט למרות שאינה אוהבת אותו ולמרות שהיא מתגעגעת לג'ון. הספר מסתיים עם מותו של הפורסייט האחרון. סיום הולם לסאגה מפוארת ומענגת. לאורך הספר האחרון שולט העיקרון של אבות אכלו בוסר ושיני בנים תכהנה. כולם סובלים מהסיטואציה, הילדים, ההורים ולמרות שאין מדובר בטרגדיה נוסח שייקספיר, ואף אחד מהגיבורים לא מת בצורה מחרידה או סתם מת, עדין בעיניי זה טראגי ששני ילדים מאוהבים לא יכולים לממש את אהבתם בשל טינות העבר.

  • Scott
    2019-05-20 08:16

    I have fallen in love with Galsworthy's writing. This third novel of the Forsyte Saga confirmed it. Few can describe a setting as well as he does. Few have such a subtle wit. And, most importantly, few writers convey human emotion as powerfully, subtly, and authentically as does Galsworthy.When I had reached the 2/3rds points, I had the paradoxical emotions of wanting to hurry on to see how the story ends . . . and the desire to slow down and savor the remaining moments, not wanting to leave off these characters.However, I thought the novel weakened in the final chapters (or maybe I was just too tired and distracted last night when I was finishing?). I had intended to give it five stars and declare it my favourite of the saga. The final chapters seemed melodramatic and sentimental.One of Galsworthy's daring choices, is to make Soames Forsyte the central character of the saga, despite a wide array of vivid characters to choose from. Soames disgusts us, for many reasons, but particularly his sense of entitlement. Yet, we feel his hurt, comprehend his reasoning, and gain some sympathy for him.It was also an interesting choice how Irene is presented. She is ideal beauty and object of desire and passion throughout the saga. Yet, unlike most of the other characters, she is never fully formed for us. Rather, we mostly experience her through the desires and observations of others, mostly, but not exclusively, men. It was a decision that allows Irene to become an object or ideal for the reader, rather than a complete person. But this is done precisely to demonstrate how she was treated as such in middle class British culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.There are six more novels in the Forsyte Chronicles. They will be on my list.

  • Griselda
    2019-05-22 05:33

    Sadly, Jon and Fleur Forsyte just do not have as much to offer the reader as their parents and grandparents do in the earlier volumes of The Forsyte Saga. The book goes over and over the relationship, making very slow forward progress. The death of Timothy really does mark the end of the 'proper' family and leaves only Soames as a character of any interest.

  • Leslie
    2019-06-17 08:16

    4½ stars. What a fitting yet melancholy ending to the Forsyte saga! I even felt sorry for Soames by the end...A word of warning -- this novel does NOT stand alone! To be appreciated, or even understood, the previous novels & 'interludes' of the series need to be read first.

  • Dana Loo
    2019-06-03 00:43

    “In affitto” è la degna conclusione di una saga che regala ancora una volta pagine di altissima letteratura, un quadro vividissimo di una gloriosa epoca in agonia, che esala gli ultimi respiri al pari di Timothy, ultimo baluardo dei vecchi Forsyte; che offre l'analisi di una società profondamente cambiata, dove la proprietà, l’interesse economico-finanziario e la sicurezza cedono il posto a un individualismo sempre più sfrontato, evanescente e in continuo fermento e dove anche la figura femminile accenna i primi passi verso quell’emancipazione sintomo di una rivoluzione futura imminente; e che infine racconta di una storia d'amore che è quasi una beffa del destino e che, come il vaso di Pandora, scoperchierà un'eredità ingombrante e ancor dolorosa, viva e pulsante che racchiude un passato inviolabile e un futuro pericolosamente incerto e forse precluso a due giovani e innocenti innamorati.Il romanzo si apre con un interludio che è la quintessenza della dolcezza e della tenerezza intrisi nella figura e nei comportamenti del piccolo Jon, figlio di Jolyon e Irene, un bimbo sensibile che diventerà un adulto timido, introverso, con un animo da poeta e un attaccamento morboso e leale verso la sua famiglia...Questo animo gentile e ingenuo rimarrà fatalmente abbagliato dalla personalità ben più forte, volitiva e determinata di Fleur, figlia amatissima di Soames e Annette che, tra le altre cose, erediterà dal padre proprio quel bisogno di possesso fisico quasi ossessivo che portò alla distruzione la sua relazione con Irene.Un amore travagliato che ritroverà coinvolta tutta la famiglia e che, inevitabilmente, risveglierà fantasmi del passato, segreti inconfessati, tanto dolore e risentimento mai sopiti.Ma al di là di tutto questa saga rimane un inno al Vittorianesimo che lentamente ma inesorabilmente deve cedere il passo al nuovo, un'epoca che era stata di grandi contrasti e contraddizioni, di cambiamenti sociali, politici, economici, scientifici, culturali, di grandi espansioni ma anche epoca di profonda rigidità e moralismo che proprio la figura di Soames con le sue idisincrasie, i suoi amarcord, le sue profonde introspezioni, la sua ossessione per la proprietà, la sua sensibilità per la bellezza, rappresenta perfettamente...“Soames sedeva là, percependo quasi inconsciamente l'avvenire, ma rivolgendo con decisione tutti i suoi pensieri al passato come un uomo che cavalchi in una notte tempestosa, con il viso rivolto alla coda del cavallo galoppante. Attraverso le dighe vittoriane, le acque irrompevano, sommergendo la proprietà, l'educazione, la morale, la melodie e le vecchie forme dell'arte – acque che portavano alla sua bocca un sapore salato, come di sangue, e che giungevano fino a lambire i piedi di quella collina di Highgate, dove il Vittorianesimo era sepolto...”

  • Leslie
    2019-06-13 01:18

    In this third installment of the saga, the aftermath of the war has moved from subtext to text. One world has definitively gone, and those who were a product of it are struggling with their dislocation from it. Soames is the most overtly conscious of that dislocation and the most angry about it. This is the first book also where the time of its setting and its publication are the same; Galsworthy is no longer looking backwards at a time lost and remembered but outwards, like Soames but with more insight, at a present he no longer wholly understands or feels part of. This book also shows signs of the influence of modernism; we are no longer reading a neo-Victorian text but an at least tentatively modernist one. We end, suitably enough, with a long reflective reverie from Soames, that frustrated, lonely, longing man, looking out over modern London from Highgate cemetery, in the course of which he picks up on a phrase first spoken by young Michael Mont: "'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!"Of course, Galsworthy is well aware, and so should Soames be by this time, that that creed was neither sane nor simple. It has wreaked multi-generational damage, and it is past time for a new one to take its place. Now, a century later, it's questionable that we have settled on one.

  • Myles
    2019-06-15 05:35

    To Let finds Soames happy in his daughter, Fleur, if not with his wife Annette, and Irene and Young Jolyon happy and at ease with themselves and their son, Jon. This comes to an end when the two cousins meet and fall in love, without knowing the history of their parents. Their romance is forbidden by their parents, but the situation is beyond control.This novel threatens to be melodrama, dealing with star-crossed lovers and wringing hands and, yes, death. Galsworthy always prevents this, sometimes at the last minute. I did not expect to be touched by his reminiscing in the preserved, antique London home of his Uncle Timothy and "the aunts." It was lovely writing. There are more sequels, but I don't want to ruin the impression I have.The Forsyte SagaPrevious: In ChanceryNext (A Modern Comedy): The White Monkey

  • Katya
    2019-05-25 05:40

    Самая наполненная событиями и людьми часть романа. Сколько людей появляется на этих страницах – это и уже привычные Сомс и Ирэн, Джолион и Аннет, и пока мало знакомые читателю Джон и Флер, старая добрая Уинифрид, новички Профон и Монт, и даже сам Тимоти снисходит до контакта с читателем… Конец истории Сомса и Ирэн, но не конец эпопеи о Форсайтах. Дочитывая эту часть книги, понимаешь, что Сомс - самый интересный персонаж произведения, и уже не вызывает он каких-то негативных эмоций.Жизнь изменилась, становится быстрее, но прошлое все еще живо, пока живы последние люди, которые помнят старые истории. Юные сердца так подвержены эмоциям и первому влечению, что готовы смести все преграды, не видят ничего вокруг и не считаются ни с кем. Послевоенное поколение, хлебнув горя, ринулось в развлечения и прожигание жизни.Язык, прекрасные метафоры в каждом абзаце. Это произведение не только энциклопедия быта, но и источник истинного эстетического наслаждения. Потрясающий роман! На все поколения и времена.

  • Courtney H.
    2019-05-23 05:27

    To Let finishes up the Forsyte saga (but is only third in Galsworthy's 9 books). It picks up two decades after the end of "In Chancery," and clashes the two Forsyte branches--Soames and Jolyon/Irene--together when their children, now grown, meet and fall in love. This book engaged me more quickly than the first two in the series, possibly because the groundwork was done, and I was already bought into the characters. The second generation is aging, and the first generation hangs on by a thread; Timothy, too afraid to take risks, reaches age 100 in this book. His slow descent casts a shade over the the story, a reminder of inevitable decline of a person, a family, a class, an era. When he dies, the last central meeting place of the Forsytes is dismantled and sold for parts; and still Soames seeks to purchase the best pieces. Part of the third generation is well on their way to middle age; and the youngest are coming into their own.Galsworthy plays the tension between the generations well. In some ways, it is hard to sympathize with the deception by the parents to hide the truth from Fleur (Soames' daughter) and Jon (Jolyon and Irene's daughter); obviously it is a society where some things are simply not spoken of, but I think it underestimated Jon and Fleur. But he does well at making the reserved agony of the parents, who had long burrowed the old injuries. Soames still has not come to terms with the fact that his emotional injuries were really self-inflicted; and he seems unable to grasp that his rape of Irene and his refusal to acknowledge what he did, had severed the possibility of the families bridging the gap. I was pleased, too, that Galsworthy did not turn it into a Romeo/Juliet thing. I thought that was where it would lead, and I underestimated him in thinking that. His characters are thinkers; there is a method to what they do. Jon's decision in the end was admirable if somewhat self-effacing. That being said, he understood what happened and stood by his mother--in an era where I think that sort of behavior was not common. It is even more impressive that Galsworthy thought to write that for his characters.As with the other books, Galsworthy's main characters were fleshed out and imperfect. Soames remains horribly stunted, but he did seem to love his daughter, for what that was worth. Fleur was fantastic: young, impetuous, self-absorbed, smart. She was imperfect and spoiled, but quite real. As with his other characters, Galsworthy avoided pedestals and kept his characters, even his female characters, with two feet planted on the floor. Even the characters we don't get to know well (like Holly and Dartie, who remained peripheral to this book as well) are fleshed out. There are some exceptions to that--Timothy's loyal servants are a bit archetypical--but for the most part, Galsworthy does well in avoiding caricatures. As a result, the interactions between characters, from the bloom of love to the moments of self-doubt, seem both real and easily ascribable to those characters. I enjoyed this book, and it was a satisfying conclusion to the work Galsworthy did in pulling his characters through three generations, from Victorian England to between-War England. I didn't love any of the books, but they were solid reads, and I would not mind returning to Galsworthy's subsequent Forsyte installments at some point.

  • Ali
    2019-05-19 07:36

    To Let the third book of The Forsyte Saga opens several years after we last saw the Forsyte family, it is now 1920, and Fleur, Soames’ daughter and Jon, Jolyon and Irene’s son are almost nineteen, and so far have never met. Since the scandal which resulted in Irene marrying her ex-husband Soames’ cousin Jolyon Forsyte, the two sides of the family have not met. Fleur and Jon have so far heard no whiff of the events of twenty years earlier; their parents have shielded them from the past, each of them have existed comfortably in the world created for them by their adoring parents.Full review: https://heavenali.wordpress.com/2015/...

  • Dr.J.G.
    2019-05-19 02:17

    To Let goes on with lives of the various families, and chiefly of young Jolyon and his now wife Irene and their home at Robin Hill, with his other children and their various cousins and uncles being part of the story. Soame's nephew Val Dartie falls in love with young Jolyon's daughter by his second marriage, Holly, and the two second cousins manage to marry and be happy in spite of an initial lack of acceptance by the clan due to their being not only second cousins but also related to parties feuding majorly about Irene's divorce of one and marriage to other cousin.This has the unfortunate consequence of encouraging the other pair of second cousins, Jon and Fleur, in thinking they may make it a success as his sister and her first cousin did. This time however things are very different, and Jon's parents are as unlikely to approve of this match as Soames initially is. Soames gives in due to his heart being completely ruled by his daughter, and goes so far as to plead with Irene for his daughter's happiness, offering to never interact in their lives for sake of overall peace. But Irene cannot risk it, and Jon is sensitive to her and his father's point of view when he comes to know of their history.He would be in a quandary but for the similarity of Fleur with her father in claiming him as her father had claimed his mother, and this repels him. Fleur's lack of comprehension in her loss is matched by her father's when he lost a wife he had a very slim chance to have a life with. And the beautiful home of Irene is now to let even as they leave to go as far away as they can from this place and this history........................................................................

  • Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya
    2019-05-22 01:38

    ~LIFE TO LET~The Forsyte Saga, Book ThreeGalsworthy writes about the primitive and driving all desire of a human being: to possess and to belong. But the harsh irony of life is that we come into this world naked and alone, and we leave it in the same way. During the great journey called life we can feed the illusions of fullness of ownership, but we cannot own our dearest "possessions": spouses, children and even what we think is rightfully ours. People we love - or want to control for their own good, as we think - have the mind of their own while the government's eye tirelessly watches our bank's statements and belongings' worth.There is no one to pity or blame. Soames loves his daughter Fleur, and while she was a tiny baby he felt she belonged to him. She grew up and fell in love with -- of all people! -- Irene and Jolyone's son Jon. Soames almost likes the idea of theatrical "balance" of life: he and the passion of his life, Irene, WILL unite through their children and through them they WILL live in the house he had built for Irene decades ago. Jon and Fleur are so different: he is the son of an artist and a woman who treasures beauty in everything; she is a daughter of a man of property and a highly practical French woman. The exchange that happens between the kids made me think that if not for the secrets, if not for the Shakespearean arrangement of things: they might have pulled away from each other... Jon needs to believe in things; he needs to love people and help them while Fleur's point of view is: "But you can’t help people, Jon; they’re hopeless. When you pull them out they only get into another hole. Look at them, still fighting and plotting and struggling, though they’re dying in heaps all the time. Idiots!”While her father Soames HAD to have Irene because she was his wife, his "property", Fleur has to have Jon because she is used to having what she wants. And who knows, if not the circumstances, the unlucky timing, the devoted love of the son to his parents, the never explained to us from Irene's point of view disgust to Soames... it could all be different.Through the book we see the decline of property: in the changing of the generations, ideals, and old believes proved to be wrong.“The young are tired of us, our gods and our ideals. Off with their heads, they say ­smash their idols! And let’s get back to-nothing! And, by Jove, they’ve done it! Jon’s a poet. He’ll be going in, too, and stamping on what’s left of us. Property, beauty, sentiment ­all smoke. We mustn’t own anything nowadays, not even our feelings. They stand in the way of ­Nothing.”Jon listened, bewildered, almost outraged by his father’s words, behind which he felt a meaning that he could not reach. He didn’t want to stamp on anything!“Nothing’s the god of to-day,” continued Jolyon; “we’re back where the Russians were sixty years ago, when they started Nihilism.”“No, Dad,” cried Jon suddenly, “we only want to live, and we don’t know how, because of the Past ­that’s all!”“By George!” said Jolyon, “that’s profound, Jon. Is it your own? The Past! Old ownerships, old passions, and their aftermath. Let’s have cigarettes.”Soames feels the fall of the property and old ways through his own lenses: "The sight of her with that fellow had brought all memory back. Even now he could not understand why she had been so impracticable. She could love other men; she had it in her! To himself, the one person she ought to have loved, she had chosen to refuse her heart. It seemed to him, fantastically, as he looked back, that all this modern relaxation of marriage ­though its forms and laws were the same as when he married her ­that all this modern looseness had come out of her revolt; it seemed to him, fantastically, that she had started it, till all decent ownership of anything had gone, or was on the point of going. All came from her! And now ­a pretty state of things! Homes! How could you have them without mutual ownership? Not that he had ever had a real home! But had that been his fault? He had done his best.""“Tell them to hold on!” old Timothy had said. But to what were they to hold on in this modern welter of the “democratic principle”? Why, even privacy was threatened! And at the thought that privacy might perish, Soames pushed back his teacup and went to the window. Fancy owning no more of Nature than the crowd out there owned of the flowers and trees and waters of Hyde Park! No, no! Private possession underlay everything worth having. The world had slipped its sanity a bit, as dogs now and again at full moon slipped theirs and went off for a night’s rabbiting; but the world, like the dog, knew where its bread was buttered and its bed warm, and would come back sure enough to the only home worth having ­to private ownership. The world was in its second childhood for the moment, like old Timothy ­eating its titbit first!"The last of the old Forsyte, Timothy, eating the yummiest pieces of his dinner first, the old man who stopped thinking even of the future which was two minutes from now is the symbol of the collapse of the old traditions, the symbol of the new generation which wants to have all and now. The past is now "to let": to try on like a carnival outfit, for the goal is to never settle in, to keep on moving. But such a desire is temporary, and in due time the society will come back to the natural instinct of owning its homes and lands and loved ones; after all it is the natural instinct of people, the one that makes the progress possible, the one that in a way lets Love flourish its lessons of life onto those, who are still "in caves" of their instincts to seize and control. For to Love is to let - to let one free. To let the loved one free and to own one's own life as much as it is possible in the world of being tied with ropes of relationship, partnerships, feelings and emotions to all the human beings in one's life. I think it is redundant to say that I have enjoyed reading the third volume of the Saga, its language and all the emotions, so effortlessly expressed by Galsworthy in 1921 and so relevant to us, humans, in 2011.Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

  • Bob In
    2019-06-06 01:41

    I liked the book a lot. Galsworthy has a very, nice evocative touch with nice personality insights. However, he rushed the ending. It was not in full scene, but in summary, muting, for me, the emotional impact of changes Fleur and Jon chose.His diction sometimes was archaic, but it usually pleased me. Here's two passages that especially pleased me. His mother never made him practice piano tunes he didn't like, "so that he remained eager to convert ten thumbs to eight fingers." He was quite of the opinion that the country should stamp out tuberculosis; but this was not the place. It should be done farther away. He took, instead, an attitude common to all true Forsythes, that disability of any sort in other people was not his affair, and the State should do its business without prejudicing in any way the natural advantages Which he had acquired or inherited.

  • Alessandra
    2019-05-18 07:40

    Molto bello anche questo terzo e ultimo capitolo della saga dei Forsyte. Si perdono amore e affetti, ma ciò che più teme un vero Forsyte è la perdita della proprietà, vivere in affitto. Eppure è ciò che succede ai vari personaggi, si affittano mogli per avere un erede, si affittano fidanzati, che poi diventano mariti, per dimenticare il vero amore, si affittano artisti per non accorgersi della propria solitudine, e via così. Soames Forsyte è l’emblema di tutto ciò: una vita dedicata a possedere cose perdendo le persone.

  • Jgknobler
    2019-06-17 08:42

    The third and final book of The Forsyte Saga, by now one almost--though by no means completely-- understands the familial relationships without constantly going back to the family tree. Oh poor, property-loving, unsexy Soames, who can't feel or inspire love. I first met him in the 2002 BBC miniseries, played by Damien Lewis, who would go on to find fame and sexiness in Homeland. At any rate, Galsworthy's portrayal of the British upper (though not aristocratic) class before and after WWI is entertaining and his vaguely satiric descriptions are trenchant.

  • Michael Stewart
    2019-05-31 02:45

    This volume is the resolution of the Forsyte family's domestic trauma detailed in A MAN OF PROPERTY.Enjoyed it immensely but the new generation, as no doubt their parents would attest, cannot hold a candle to the strength and temerity of their elders.The 3 volumes have taken us from 1880s to post-WW I Jazz age. Fashion and technology may change, but family discord outlasts the societal upheavals. Fleur Forsyte is entitled and grasping, but even she is no match for the bond between her father's ex-wife and Irene's son Jon. Familial love trumps infatuation.

  • Valerie
    2019-06-12 08:16

    The rest of this trilogy was better.

  • Dr.J.G.
    2019-06-02 05:19

    Forsyte Chronicles:-This work developed over a lifetime and began with a simple theme, that of individual's right to life and love, especially those of a woman. The first trilogy, Forsyte Saga, is the most famous of all. There are three trilogies, Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter being the second and the third. The Forsyte 'Change was written as separate stories about the various characters and spans the time from migration of Jolyon Forsyte the original, referred to usually as Superior Dosset, the paterfamilias of the Forsytes, to London from border of Devon and Dorsetshire, onwards well into the time connecting it to the beginning of the second trilogy. The first two trilogies have interconnecting interludes between each of their two parts...............................................................................................................................................The Forsyte Saga:-The Forsyte Saga was not planned as such but developed over years with sequels coming naturally as they did, and human heart and passion and minds within settings of high society of a Victorian and post Victorian England - chiefly London - and its solid base in property.When it was published it was revolutionary in the theme - a woman is not owned by her husband, and love is not a duty she owes but a bond that is very real however intangible, that cannot be faked.Wednesday, September 10, 2008........................................................................ To Let:-To Let goes on with lives of the various families, and chiefly of young Jolyon and his now wife Irene and their home at Robin Hill, with his other children and their various cousins and uncles being part of the story. Soame's nephew Val Dartie falls in love with young Jolyon's daughter by his second marriage, Holly, and the two second cousins manage to marry and be happy in spite of an initial lack of acceptance by the clan due to their being not only second cousins but also related to parties feuding majorly about Irene's divorce of one and marriage to other cousin.This has the unfortunate consequence of encouraging the other pair of second cousins, Jon and Fleur, in thinking they may make it a success as his sister and her first cousin did. This time however things are very different, and Jon's parents are as unlikely to approve of this match as Soames initially is. Soames gives in due to his heart being completely ruled by his daughter, and goes so far as to plead with Irene for his daughter's happiness, offering to never interact in their lives for sake of overall peace. But Irene cannot risk it, and Jon is sensitive to her and his father's point of view when he comes to know of their history.He would be in a quandary but for the similarity of Fleur with her father in claiming him as her father had claimed his mother, and this repels him. Fleur's lack of comprehension in her loss is matched by her father's when he lost a wife he had a very slim chance to have a life with. And the beautiful home of Irene is now to let even as they leave to go as far away as they can from this place and this history. Monday, August 12, 2013. .............................................................................................................................................. Sunday, September 19, 2013. ....................................................................... .......................................................................One of the major beautiful things about Forsyte Chronicles - all three trilogies, but the first and third in particular - is the love of the author for beauty of England in general and countryside, nature in particular. Very lyrical. The other, more subtle, is the depiction of society in general, upper middle class of English society in particular and the times they lived in in the background, empire on distant horizon until the third trilogy where it is still in background but a bit less distant.The society changes from the first to the third trilogy but not radically, and in this the author is successful in portrayal of how things might seem radically different superficially but are closer to where progress began, and progress being slow in steps that various people pay heftily during their lives for.Wednesday, August 28, 2013............................................................................................................................................... Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................

  • Nicola
    2019-05-24 08:35

    * Note this review contains spoilers relating to the previous two books of the trilogy *In the final book of the trilogy we see the Forsyte family is no longer the cohesive unit it once was. The gatherings at 'Timothy's' are no more and with that gone so passes the 'Forsyte Change'; that social connection whereby every Forsyte knew everyone else's business and secrets. It might have been annoying for some but it was the social glue holding everyone together. Now it has gone. Timothy is the only one of the old generation still living and he is totally gaga and looked after by his devoted servants. 'The Forsytes' as a group are nearly no more, far from being too much in each others pockets now they don't meet for years at a time and have no idea what is going on in each others lives. Jolyon and Irene are still living at Robin Hill with their son 'Jon', a sensitive and kind hearted boy who adores his mother.Soames has his daughter Fleur on whom he absolutely dotes, in contrast he cares very little for his wife, who, also caring little for him is happy to conduct their marriage as one of 'convenience'. Fleur herself seems a rather unpleasant young lady - beautiful and spoiled with the cool calculation of her French mother and grasping nature of her father she seems a wildly inappropriate match for the mate of her choice - the gentle natured son of Jolyon and Irene. This connection is obviously viewed with more than disapprobation by the family - goggle eyed horror is more like. But Fleur is determined to get what she wants and is heedless of the cost to anyone other than herself.

  • Tony
    2019-05-27 04:39

    TO LET. (1920, 1921). John Galsworthy. ****. This was the final novel in the first trilogy of The Forsyte Chronicles. This was followed by two more trilogies, but the real meat of this work is in the first three. In this installment of the sage, the author moves the focus to the period just after WW I, when women suddenly had rights, and the role of government in the lives of its subjects has changed dramatically. When we left the Forsyte family, the focus was on Soames and his relationship with Irene. He finally got his divorce and married Annette, a French girl much his junior. Irene married young Jolyon. To each of them was born a child: to Soames, a girl – Fleur; to Jolyon, a son – Jon. When they were both about twenty, they finally met, although it was explained by their families that they were not on the best of terms. Naturally, the kids ignored all of the past history that existed between their parents and passed into a relationship based on their own feelings and talents. The story of their burgeoning romance is the germ of this novel. We suddenly find ourselves looking at how the sins of the fathers are passed on to their children – although those lessons are predominantly ignored by the children themselves. We have passed from the concepts of property to the concepts of individuality. I’m afraid that I won’t read the second two trilogies because you tend to burn out with novels of this type, but this first trilogy is a must read. It manages to give the reader a mirror into the past as reflected by the social and political mores of the times and the types of people those mores produce. Recommended.

  • Olga
    2019-05-24 02:20

    История уже разворачивается с третьем по счету поколением Форсайтов. У Сомса есть дочь, а у Джолиона сын. Они молоды и привлекательны, Джон чувствителен ко всему прекрасному, у него есть тяга к поэзии, а Флер являет собой саму красоту и женственность, приэтом обладая очень сильным характером и трезвым взглядом на жизнь. Родители их не хотят даже видеть друг друга, а детям было суждено встретиться и влюбиться.Очень трогательно показаны переживания Ирэн по отношению к своему сыну и бывшему мужу. Очень мудро поступает Джолион, написав письмо своему сыну, которое оказалось его предсмертным напутствием. Бедный Джон, который должен был принять решение, которое возможно стоило ему всей жизни... Так волнительно думать, что ждет меня дальше, после стольких житейских перепетий, которые уже пережила семья Форсайтов! А ведь впереди еще примерно такой же объем, как уже был прочитан. Как итог всего первого тома: раз познакомившись с Форсайтами, невозможно не проникнуться красотой повествования, атмосферой Англии конца 19 - начала 20 века, и, конечно, судьбами героев.

  • Afsana
    2019-05-21 05:40

    I enjoyed listening to the story. I thought the relationship between Soammes and his daughter a bit wierd all th e dear and darling from fleur and his obsseive feeligs for fleur I think it was funny how though outwardly soammes was aversed to the idea of fleur and jon he caved in for his daughter but irene who showed no obvious outward sign and seemed happy (outwardly to do as he pleased) but she was not happy and you have to question whether her obvious tenseness was a poy to get him to do what she wanted without coming out as a bad. she said no to jolyen several times when he wanted to tel jon about past but told jo that it was his dad who didn't want him to know and would be upset and it is upto him to tell him. when she knows he won't say anything as it would upset her

  • Nancy
    2019-05-29 02:24

    This is the conclusion the Forsyte Saga. Jon Forsyte, son of "Young" Jolyon Forsyte and Irene (who was so miserable in her marriage to Soames that she walked away from it despite the damage that would do to her position in society) meets and falls in love with his second cousin Fleur Forsyte, daughter of Soames. Of course, no one has ever told them the history. Soames still focuses on the idea that Irene was his property, just like the paintings he's bought, and property should not choose to walk away. I felt more for Jon than Fleur. He's conscious of the pain this would cause his mother. She seems to think that "Love will keep us together." Oh the pain of the "sins of the fathers" . . .

  • ☯Emily
    2019-06-08 02:18

    Will give this 3.5 starts when it goes to Booklikes. This was the best in the Forsyte Saga. The Great War is over, the Victorian era has been left behind and Britain is beginning its decline as the world power. There is political unrest and the rich are concerned they will be taxed out of their wealth. The importance of "possession" is diminishing, even in the Forsyte family.Fleur is not affected by any of the world events around her. As the only child of Soames, she has been spoiled. One day she meets Jon, the son of Soames' ex-wife. She is determined to have him (own him.) The only thing stopping her is the past. Neither Fleur and Jon know the sordid past of their parents. Will they be able to overcome the past hatreds in their families?

  • Spencer
    2019-05-17 02:20

    This is the last book in the Forsyte Saga trilogy. The second book ended in 1901, and was followed by a short "Interlude" that brought us up to 1909. "To Let" covers spring to early fall in 1920. With family tree in hand I saw the deaths and marriages foretold on the tree.The central character, Soames Forsyte, struggles with the changes brought by the twentieth century, and continues to be tormented by the loss of the love of his life, Irene. Though the nation is changing, and the younger generation is adopting new morals and attitudes, Soames continues in his Victorian ways. This was a challenging project, reading all three of these books in less than a month. I would recommend it to anyone who has the time, patience and love of British literature.

  • Lynne-marie
    2019-06-13 08:42

    I read the whole Forsyte Saga for the first time as a teenager in hs and thought it was "too, too, very, very" as they said back then. I know more appreciate the portait of a Victorian entity, which is the only word that describes the extended Forsyte family. The building antipathy between the branches of the family becomes ominous and one beings to intimately know the characters. That is the genius of Galsworthy: the paints a social portrait, but within it there are entities that by their particularity and individuality contribute to the social comment he is making. So wonderful. What to they say, third times the charm?

  • Book Hunter
    2019-06-16 04:35

    The final book of The Forsyte Saga was a bit of a let down for me. The members of the third generation weren't as interesting as those of the first two generations. It dragged on a bit with a stereotypical young lovers theme.All in all, the three books together are a four star read. It's a well-written saga and it earned John Galsworthy the Nobel Prize for Literature. Humour, irony, carefully uncovered secrets of the upper middle-class, detailed description of epoch... And it is really engaging to follow the books through the generations.

  • Sara
    2019-05-18 04:42

    Very sad to finish this series, although it's comforting to hear there are later books about a couple of cousins and a Dinty Moore Forsyte somewhere around, To Let really feels like the end. What wonderfully ambiguous characters, what hilarity, and Soames, so stodgy, so irrevocably awful, and yet so sympathetic right up to the end. One gripe: Not letting us in on Irene's perspective felt like a daring move in the first book, but by the third turned out to be a not-so-good, albeit doggedly consistent and Soames-like move. That's staying in character.

  • Red
    2019-06-10 01:41

    "За всю жизнь не познав любовного союза, она чуть не до сумасшествия любила природу""Он стоял и смотрел на поздно проглянувшее солнце, и вновь вставало перед ним видение, смутившее его минувшей ночью: море на море, страна на страну, миллионы против миллионов людей, и у каждого собственная жизнь, стремления, радости, горести и страдания, и каждый должен приносить жертвы, и каждый борется в одиночку за своё существование."