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A Man and His Money   By: (1866-1922)

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In A Man and His Money, Frederic Stewart Isham crafts a captivating tale of ambition, love, and the relentless pursuit of wealth. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century America, this novel dives deep into the intricate world of finance, revealing the highs and lows that come with the pursuit of financial success.

The story revolves around a self-made millionaire, John Maxwell, whose unyielding determination and business acumen catapult him to great riches. However, as his wealth accumulates, Maxwell finds himself longing for something more meaningful than mere financial achievements. Isham skillfully examines the internal struggles faced by individuals who have acquired substantial fortunes but lack fulfillment in their personal lives.

The author brings various characters to life with a keen eye for detail and a nuanced understanding of human motivations. From Maxwell's ambitious protégés to the women who capture his heart, each character is expertly developed, lending depth and complexity to the narrative. Isham successfully captures the challenges faced by those embroiled in the pursuit of success, illustrating the sacrifices and moral dilemmas that arise when wealth becomes the ultimate goal.

While the book's exploration of financial ambition is its main focus, A Man and His Money also delves into the complexities of relationships. Isham depicts the contrasting dynamics of wealth and love, shedding light on the difficulties of maintaining genuine connections in a world consumed by the pursuit of material gain. Through Maxwell's trials and triumphs, the author offers insight into the delicate balance between work and personal life, highlighting the potential consequences of neglecting one for the other.

In terms of prose, Isham's writing is both eloquent and engaging. His descriptive style transports readers to the grand mansions, lavish parties, and bustling financial districts of the era. The author's attention to detail allows the setting itself to become a character, complementing the intricate plot and enhancing the overall reading experience.

While A Man and His Money is undoubtedly a captivating novel, some readers may find the sheer weight of financial jargon and intricate business dealings overwhelming. Isham's meticulous attention to detail is indeed commendable, but it occasionally moves the plot at a slower pace than desired. Nevertheless, for those with an interest in the complexities of finance and its impact on the human condition, this may prove to be a minor drawback rather than a deterrent.

In conclusion, A Man and His Money is a thought-provoking novel that examines the consequences of unrelenting pursuit of wealth and the delicate balance between financial success and personal fulfillment. Isham's meticulous exploration of ambition, love, and human connection provides readers with a captivating narrative that leaves a lasting impression. Despite the occasional slowdowns in pacing, this book is a compelling read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding money and its influence on our lives.

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A MAN AND HIS MONEY

By

FREDERIC S. ISHAM

Author of

Under the Rose, Half a Chance, The Social Bucaneer, Etc.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY

MAX J. SPERO

1912

A MAN AND HIS MONEY

CHAPTER I

THE COACH OF CONCORD

"Well? What can I do for you?"

The speaker a scrubby little man wheeled in the rickety office chair to regard some one hesitating on his threshold. The tones were not agreeable; the proprietor of the diminutive, run down establishment, "The St. Cecilia Music Emporium," was not, for certain well defined reasons, in an amiable mood that morning. He had been about to reach down for a little brown jug which reposed on the spot usually allotted to the waste paper basket when the shadow of the new comer fell obtrusively, not to say offensively, upon him.

It was not a reassuring shadow; it seemed to spring from an indeterminate personality. Mr. Kerry Mackintosh repeated his question more bruskly; the shadow (obviously not a customer, no one ever sought Mr. Mackintosh's wares!) started; his face showed signs of a vacillating purpose.

"A mistake! Beg pardon!" he murmured with exquisite politeness and began to back out, when a somewhat brutal command on the other's part to "shut that d door d quick, and not let any more d hot air out" arrested the visitor's purpose... Continue reading book >>




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