Forsythia: A Memoir of Lost Generations

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Encased within the drama of John Galsworthy's 'The Forsyte Saga,' Peter Hovenden Longley weaves an autobiographical reminiscence of his own English family from the 1880s to the 1960s. Brought up in the last days of 'Forsythia', a world of the 3 percent born in privilege to serve the British Empire, Longley celebrates his family's lost generations. Nothing--neither the abdication of the king and emperor, Edward VIII, in 1936, nor Adolf Hitler's relentless bombs--could shake the British people's conviction that theirs was the eternal kingdom. Doggedly, they believed that after a good cup of strong, Indian tea, and a game of croquet on the lawn, 'Forsythia' would go on forever. Forced to accept that the world they once loved was changing around them, Longley's family and their peers struggled to adapt to a new reality.
With the permission of the Galsworthy estate, Longley analyzes 'The Forsyte Saga' and reflects on the impact of this work of literature. His was the last generation of 'Forsytes', witnesses to those final rays that filtered across the empire on which they all thought the sun would never set.

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Historian, artist, and theologian Peter Hovenden Longley was the estate manager of Tullamaine Castle in Ireland for eleven years. He then went to sea as a cruise director, including ten years aboard the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2. He graduated from Cambridge University, published five novels, and now works in horticulture in Springfield, Missouri.

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Fans of popular Edwardian-period shows and literature such as 'Downton Abbey', will fall in love with this hefty tome that examines the culture of that alluring time period through parallel lenses. Unveiling the mystery and rigidity of social class in intimate and minute detail, where 'Forsythia' becomes a term referring to the attitudes, unwritten laws, and sometimes outright chutzpah of the haut monde, 'Forsythia' provides a meticulous, comprehensive history replete with copious detail and entertaining stories. A genuine reading pleasure. - Sacramento Book Review/San Francisco Book Review

With expert compare and contrast style, Longley carefully illuminates passages from the fictional Galsworthy work, 'The Forsyte Saga,' with stories from real life. Fictional narrative comes alive as we see true-life samples of the disparity between master and servant, strict cultural mores and rules, incidentals like an organ-grinder, ginger-beer, and waning traditions like the garden parties and social clubs.Characters from author Longley's own history stand out as colorful as any fictive Forsyte and take on amusing and interesting lives of their own. - Portland Book Review

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