The first book of the second collection of Forsyte novels, "The White Monkey" is a romance focusing on the marriage of Fleur and Michael Mont. Fleur, the daughter of Soames Forsyte, having been disappointed in love and then married to Michael Mont, toys with the affections of her husband and his best friend, Wilfred Desert, unable to decide which ...
The first book of the second collection of Forsyte novels, "The White Monkey" is a romance focusing on the marriage of Fleur and Michael Mont. Fleur, the daughter of Soames Forsyte, having been disappointed in love and then married to Michael Mont, toys with the affections of her husband and his best friend, Wilfred Desert, unable to decide which man she prefers. Each aware of the other's competition, the two men are left in a position of uncertainty to compete for a love that is not guaranteed to either. Fleur's callous attitude towards the two men is poignantly contrasted by the marriage of the lower class Tony Bicket and his young wife Victorine, both of whom are prepared to commit what they consider dishonourable acts to provide for the one they love. An old-fashioned classic, "The White Monkey" is an engaging novel where in the end, as it must, love wins out.
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Galsworthy is an excellent writer within his particular genre. His characters develop, one way or the other; his story line, though often complex, is easy to follow; and his insights into the human animal seem, to me at least, to be usually accurate and at times profound. He is not William Faulkner, but he can be mentioned in the same breath. I would recommend his work to any person who wishes to read "serious fiction". I would also suggest that one begin with the first volume of the first trilogy.
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