Forsyte Chronicles radio production For any who are curious about the 23-part Forsyte Chronicles radio series from 1990 - which adapted all 9 Forsyte books, including The Forsyte Saga, A Modern Comedy, and End of the Chapter - you can get it in three parts of it on Audible.com. You can also find the first part (The Forsyte Saga) on Amazon.com.
I interlibrary loaned the set of CDs and burned them to my computer, and then saw that Amazon is currently offering a deal where if you sign up with Audible through them (you can easily do that from the Amazon page for the Audible edition of End of the Chapter), you can do a 30-day free trial and get an extra credit free - equalling two audiobooks that first, free month. I chose A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter, so through that offer, I managed to be able to listen to the entire Forsyte Chronicles on my iPod, for free!
It had a cast of fairly well-known British radio actors, including Dirk Bogarde as Galsworthy narrating. It's not an audiobook per se - it's more of a radio drama with narration - but is quite true to the novels, even more so than the 1967 series. I'm only partway through The Man of Property, but it seems quite well-acted so far (though many of the actors seem to be patterning their performances after the '67 series so far, with the exception of Young Jolyon, who seems genuinely younger than the 50-something Kenneth More).
I'm currently compiling info on the series, available here as part of my Forsyte wiki. I have complete casting info from the CD booklet of the first trilogy, but the later Audible editions don't seem to have anything similar, so I'm still trying to come up with a full, complete and accurate cast list, so if anyone here knows where I could find that, that would be great.
Galswiki and more I'm here to pimp my community, dedicated to the books and the 1967 series (forsytesaga1967, and to pimp Forsyte 'Change: A John Galsworthy Wiki (also known as the Galswiki), the wiki I am currently working on that has to do with all things Galsworthy. It's still pretty incomplete, but I'm adding info every day, and it's a pretty good informational resource for some things there isn't too much centralized info available on, like the Forsyte radio series.
1967 I wrote this thing about why I'm apt to geek out hopelessly over the 1967 serial. I thought it might - possibly, hopefully - be of some interest to folk here. It's lengthy, dorky, and spoiler-free for important stuff. I hope you enjoy if you do read it, anyhow. (There are pretty pictures?)
Hey Im new. :) Someone might have already pointed this out, but.. For the people who watched Forsyte Saga and have read the book, Do you find Soames a better character in the book then in the movie? (I watched the movie first then decided to read the book. There both so great!) I loved his character in the book and i felt very sorry that Irene didnt love him. I personally didnt like Irene in the book but when i watched the movie for the second time yesterday (I got the dvd!), I found out that Soames is really cruel. Does anybody else notices this?
My favorite character has to be Bosinney. He was such a nice guy who was smart, talented and cute.
Hello! I just joined this community, and wanted to say hello to everybody. I loved "The Forsyte Saga" when it aired, taped it and series two, and now am working my way through each glorious episode all over again. Damian Lewis is now one of my favorite actors. Soames is really loathesome but he did love Irene in his own twisted way. Does anyone know if DL was nominated for any awards for this role?
Characters. So does everyone have a favorite character from The Forsyte Saga? I think Ioan Gruffudd is gorgeous as Phil, but I'd have to say my favorite character is June. At the beginning she seems young and naive, but by the end of the series (both one and two), she's become a very strong independent woman. I admire the strength she has.
Hey all, I'm new. I just finished watching the entire miniseries in less than a week... I think that's about three episodes per day! iggads! I loved every minute of it... all save the ending. The fact that Fleur and John didn't end up together saddened me deeply... to a point where kept thinking about it on and off all day. How could they have ended it like that? Even when Soames and Irenie make amends anyway? What also bugged the b'jesus out of me was Holly, who married Monty's son. She of all people should have been understanding. She behaved so nastily towards Fleur... Other than that, it was an amazing story! As was Mr. Ioan Gruffudd, indeed!
Anyway, I'm glad to have found this community... another place I can wallow in my minor obsessions. ;-) If you'd like to add me to your friend's list, drop me a line!
I'm new I read some of the most recent posts, but as they haven't sent all the episodes on norwegian television yet, I will wait a few weeks before I read any further. No spoilers for me. I also think I'll wait until the series have ended before I start reading. I usually take these fandom-things very seriously and start reading right away, but I don't have the time to read just yet. My name is Mari by the way :)
From Book to PBS So I just want to say first off that I'm a recent fan of The Forsyte Saga having both seen the two Masterpeice Theatre Series and currently in the course of reading the book. Right now I'm up to the forth chapter of "To Let" called "The Mausoleum". While the second series is great, whoever wrote it took a lot, I mean A LOT of liberies with the original book. As well as little details changing, entire characters were either left out or allowed to continue living long after their deaths in the book, sometimes as much as 10 or more years. By doing this, whole scenes were constructed around the characters which affected the general plot of the series. It may be good to point out though that the dialogue added by supposedly dead characters were things they probably would have said anyway. Luckilly none of the main characters were tampered with too much. Since a few of you may have not read the book, I don't want to spoil it for you by telling you all the details, you'll just have to take my word for it when you read it yourselves. Another thing is, though the main characters all differ greatly from their descriptions in the book, they somehow seem to be perfectly cast. Irene is just as aloof, Soames is just as demanding and June is just as vibrant. One thing I did notice though was Winifred Dartie's style of dressing. In the book she is depicted as very fashionable, but in the series her dress is almost clownish in its slavish devotion to fashion in a woman of her age. Also June, who should be 51 in 1920 doesn't look a day over 30 in the series. Also here's a point about Robin Hill, which in the story is built in 1886. It looks as if someone took one of Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie style homes (most were built about 1900 to 1910) out of Oak Park Illinois and plopped it down in the English country-side. We know that Bossiney is meant to be very modern advanced for his time but the obvious similarities between his work and Wright are kind of funny, plus the interior is very Charles Rennie Mackintosh - the right country - but about 10 to 20 years before the Scottish arts and crafts movement.
hi i'm new here. i only started watching the forsyte saga b/c i saw jon and thought he was cute...which lead to me reading almost all but End of Chapter. Question: why do you think happened to jon and anne? the other books go into fleur's life and a different branch of the family. since i got interested on account of jon, i would like to know what other people think happened and why did galsworthy decide to focus on the fleur?
Wow, okay it's taken me a little bit to comment on the ending of the saga... but geez and omg! I mean, I liked it, I liked it a lot, but I kinda felt like it was lacking in full closure. I really liked that Soames finally came clean about Irene to Fleur... that it wasn't Irenes fault that she did not like him and the reason behind it.
I thought that Soames kinda developed nicely, he became kinder and more insightful at the end. (too bad I'm not there in the book yet) I liked his relationship with Irene his interaction, and reaction to all her movements and words... and then Jon and his "Soames up against the wall" manuever.
June though, wow, she got some pretty good burns in, and she just about took off Jons head after she saw him with Fleur... it was nice to see her and Irene reconciled with one another. And Irene got that great comment in about how their family (soames') is like a disease, it spreads... that was great! And I just love Bilson, she's one of the best characters I think.
Okay, I've rambled a lot, but it was, overall, good. I kinda would have liked the narration at the end, ya know? The masterpiece theatre guy that just kinda wraps things up? I love that guy, I think he would have really closed things... too bad he wasn't there. Man, I could go on forever... okay I'll shut up now :)