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Beyond

John Galsworthy

Book Overview: 

Gyp, the daughter of ex-Major Charles Claire Winton, at the age of 23 marries Fiorsen, a Swedish violin virtuoso. Her mother, the wife of another man, has been Winton's mistress; she had died when Gyp was born. A highly sensitive child, Gyp has grown up in isolated surroundings with a kind, but very British, father.

As she gets older her father tries to introduce her into society. An attack of gout takes him to Wiesbaden for a cure and, as he never goes anywhere without her, she accompanies him. There she is mesmerised by Fiorsen and his playing. Intensely musical herself and inexperienced, she's flattered by the homage of the violinist although her father soon sees through him. She also sees he is talented but unstable, ignorant, vain, hypersensitive, with an air of romance – a typical virtuoso.

Gyp realises that she may well have made a mistake in marrying Fiorsen. The book follows what happens to her thereafter.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .und appeared, with a crutch-handled stick and a gentlemanly limp, for she, too, indulged her ancestors in gout. A desire for exclusive possession of their friends is natural to some people, and the good lady had not known how fond she was of her niece till the girl had slipped off into this marriage. She wanted her back, to go about with and make much of, as before. And her well-bred drawl did not quite disguise this feeling.

Gyp could detect Fiorsen subtly mimicking that drawl; and her ears began to burn. The puppies afforded a diversion—their points, noses, boldness, and food, held the danger in abeyance for some minutes. Then the mimicry began again. When Aunt Rosamund had taken a somewhat sudden leave, Gyp stood at the window of her drawing-room with the mask off her face. Fiorsen came up, put his arm round her from behind, and said with a fierce sigh:

"Are they coming often—these excellent people?"

Gyp drew back from him . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A great read for anyone who read and enjoyed the Forsyte Saga. Winton (a warmer Soames) and his adulterously conceived daughter Gyp (a less selfish Fleur) and what happens when she marries the musician Fiorsen on impulse. Set in Galsworthy's milieu and with fully rounded characters behaving in surpr

It was quite a sad story. Contained some insights into love. Main characters are hopelessly enslaved by their passions. I hope that people are usually not so fatalistic. And I believe conventions are mostly here to help the society and not to burden people unnecessarily.

“Ea care iubea cu fiecare fibră a ființei ei, nu putea înțelege cum un bărbat care iubește și dorește cu adevărat o femeie, să fie atras totuși, în același timp, de alta.”

“ Și totuși, adăugă ea foarte liniștită, cred că fără toate acestea n-aș fi înțeles nimic din viață.”

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Beyond
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Dünyadan aparıb dünyaya gətirən bir əsər.Oxuduqca hər səhifəsindən zövq alırdım,Cipi,Sammerxeyi,Forseni,Dafnanı,Bettini,Uintonu məgər unutmaq olar?!Xoşuma gələn,yazıçının üslubundan əlavə,çox təbii şəkildə insan münasibətlərini incə,dəqiq və təbii şəkildə təsvir etməsi idi,hansı ki,sanki insanı sözl

Beyond:-

Reading Galsworthy brings a kaleidoscope effect after a while with themes and characters familiar yet not quite the same, and of course the every living beauty of countryside.

In Beyond he centres it on the father and daughter duo, the daughter born of love and claimed jealously by the father

Absolutely beautiful book! This book is a study of love. Is love devotion or possession?
Can love be fickle or unfaithful?
Selfless, selfish, or both?

Love of husband and wife, lovers, parent and child are explored.

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