Swan Song Author:John Galsworthy John Galsworthy's nine Forsyte novels span fifty years of family decline, from the 1880s to the 1930s. In seeking to insulate themselves by property from reality and the disintegration of their class, the Forsytes are gradually blinded to the threats of social change and 'the stealthy march of passion'. Galsworthy tackles his huge theme - the ... more »death of the upper-middle classes- with a unique blend of irony and understanding.
The General Strike of 1926 find Fleur Mont running a railway canteen; across the counter, she catches her first sight in seven years of Jon Forsyte, her first and only love. Both have since married but current loyalties are soon held to ransom by re-awakened passion. Fleur's father, Soames, is drawn into the conflict and discovers, too late, the truth of the old proverb; 'That which a man most loves shall in the end destroy him.'« less