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The Man of Property

The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
By: (1867-1933)

The first book in Galsworthy’s trilogy, The Forsyte Saga, The Man of Property revolves around the lives of the Forsytes, a self-conceited and cold family, who place a high value on propagating money and rising from their yeoman roots. The novel chronicles the events that lead to their inevitable demise, which is instigated by the stuffy man of property, Soames Forsyte, as he pursues the ideals of the preceding generation, whilst maintaining his own obsession with ownership. At the same time, Galsworthy candidly criticizes the values of the upper-middle classes, by means of satire, irony, a mixed array of realistic characters, an evocative setting, and an intricate plot.

Set in late 19th century London, the story begins when the extended Forsyte family come together to celebrate the engagement between June Forsyte and a bohemian architect, Philip Bosinney. Among the guests are Soames Forsyte and his beautiful wife Irene. Furthermore, Soames is represented by his adamant desire to possess property, extending even to the objectification of his wife, who he considers to be his most prized possession. Irene, on the other hand, finds herself trapped in an unhappy and loveless marriage. In a jealous attempt to distance Irene from her acquaintances and the bad influence of London, Soames appoints Bosinney to build a country house, ultimately with the aim of securing her attention for him alone. However, his covetous intentions slowly crumble in front of his very eyes, as Irene begins a furtive love affair, which threatens not only her marriage and Soames’ pride, but also directly affects those close to her.

Nevertheless, The Man of Property offers an incisive illustration of a certain time in history, as it thoroughly details the social and political mindset present in the late 19th century, including class distinction, financial attitude, and patriarchal hierarchy. In addition the novel serves to expose the destructiveness of possessive instinct, and highlight the fact that not everything in life can be bought with money.


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Reviews (Rated: 2 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 2, 2016
Subject: ENGLISH SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE IF YOU ARE GOING TO READ FOR AN AUDIO BOOK!
Do NOT have foreign readers - I can hardly understand what is being said. If you are going to be recording an audio book in ENGLISH, YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE MUST BE ENGLISH! The reader has an extremely heavy accent (sounds Ukrainian) and ridiculously hard to understand. I don't mean any offense to the reader, but she should not be reading for audio books when English is clearly not her first language.
Reviewer: - June 28, 2015
Subject: readers
Story is ruined by non-english speaking readers
Reviewer: - June 24, 2015
Subject: some poor readers
Please don't accept non-English speakers for readers. It ruins the entire production. I try to skip over those chapters,then the books don't make sense.
November 1, 2013
The story is enjoyable, although a little hard to follow due to the number of characters. The reading is good, although the number of readers is a little distracting.


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