The Country House


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(3.8 stars; 3 reviews)

In “The Country House”, John Galsworthy explores many of the themes he would later expand upon in his better known, nine-novel, “The Forsyth Saga”. This is a novel of English society as 1900 approaches. A divorce is being threatened in the Pendyce family, whose members are of the landed gentry. Such an event would be an enormous scandal. There is little action. The story paints, in exquisite language, the feelings of each of the six or so main characters. These feelings concern the necessity for family honor and the horror of scandal; the stifling effect of the social mores of the time; the ridiculous complications of the law; and, the threat of the many changes in the social order which seem to be coming. Galsworthy was himself of this privileged class. While he was extremely critical of the social structure of the time, he shows sympathy for those caught in it. Each is constrained to his or her niche; only by major changes in the social code will that be changed. Gaslworthy was very much a social activist in life, as well as on the printed page. He was quite successful in showing the reader how it must have felt to live in one of those social niches. (Summary by BobR) (9 hr 6 min)

Chapters

Part 1, Chapter 1 34:16 Read by Bob R
Part 1, Chapter 2 17:03 Read by Bob R
Part 1, Chapter 3 10:17 Read by Bob R
Part 1, Chapter 4 14:44 Read by Bob R
Part 1, Chapter 5 10:43 Read by Bob R
Part 1, Chapter 6 9:43 Read by Bob R
Part 1, Chapter 7 18:04 Read by Bob R
Part 1, Chapter 8 13:58 Read by Bob R
Part 1, Chapter 9 32:49 Read by Bob R
Part 1, Chapter 10 11:23 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 1 24:44 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 2 22:06 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 3 8:45 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 4 24:39 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 5 18:50 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 6 13:18 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 7 14:26 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 8 19:34 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 9 11:05 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 10 18:17 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 11 18:39 Read by Bob R
Part 2, Chapter 12 18:15 Read by Bob R
Part 3, Chapter 1 20:32 Read by Bob R
Part 3, Chapter 2 25:30 Read by Bob R
Part 3, Chapter 3 5:51 Read by Bob R
Part 3, Chapter 4 18:46 Read by Bob R
Part 3, Chapter 5 15:02 Read by Bob R
Part 3, Chapter 6 14:39 Read by Bob R
Part 3, Chapter 7 31:27 Read by Bob R
Part 3, Chapter 8 12:57 Read by Bob R
Part 3, Chapter 9 15:58 Read by Bob R