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The Mob   By: (1867-1933)

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The Mob by John Galsworthy is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that takes readers deep into the underworld of organized crime. Set in the early 20th century, the author weaves a compelling narrative that sheds light on the complex dynamics of loyalty, power, and corruption.

The story follows the life of a young and ambitious lawyer, Chris Dene, who gets entrapped in the dark web of the mob. Initially driven by his desire to bring justice to the streets, Chris finds himself torn between his sense of duty and his growing involvement with the criminal organization.

Galsworthy's writing style is engaging and vivid, painting a vivid picture of the shady underbelly of society. His character development is exceptional, as he carefully crafts individuals who reflect the multifaceted nature of humanity. Chris, in particular, undergoes an intricate transformation, forcing readers to question the boundaries of right and wrong.

What makes The Mob truly stand out is Galsworthy's ability to explore the moral dilemma faced by individuals trapped in the clutches of the mob. He delves into the psyche of his characters, exposing their vulnerabilities, fears, and hopes. Through their struggles, the author raises important ethical questions about the nature of power and the lengths some will go to maintain it.

The pacing of the novel is excellently executed, with each twist and turn propelling the story forward. The dialogue is sharp and authentic, capturing the essence of the various characters and their motives. Galsworthy's understanding of human behavior shines through, making the interactions between characters all the more believable.

One minor flaw of the book is that at times, the plot becomes overly complex and convoluted. The introduction of multiple characters and subplots can be slightly overwhelming, requiring readers to pay close attention to keep track of the intricate web of relationships and motivations.

Overall, The Mob is a captivating exploration of the human capacity for both good and evil. Galsworthy's masterful storytelling combined with his deep understanding of the human condition make for a compelling read. It is a book that challenges readers to question their own values and ponder the blurred lines between justice and corruption.

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A Play in Four Acts

By John Galsworthy


STEPHEN MORE, Member of Parliament KATHERINE, his wife OLIVE, their little daughter THE DEAN OF STOUR, Katherine's uncle GENERAL SIR JOHN JULIAN, her father CAPTAIN HUBERT JULIAN, her brother HELEN, his wife EDWARD MENDIP, editor of "The Parthenon" ALAN STEEL, More's secretary JAMES HOME, architect CHARLES SHELDER, Solicitor A deputation of More's MARK WACE, bookseller constituents WILLIAM BANNING, manufacturer NURSE WREFORD WREFORD (her son), Hubert's orderly HIS SWEETHEART THE FOOTMAN HENRY A DOORKEEPER SOME BLACK COATED GENTLEMEN A STUDENT A GIRL


ACT I. The dining room of More's town house, evening.

ACT II. The same, morning.

ACT III. SCENE I. An alley at the back of a suburban theatre. SCENE II. Katherine's bedroom.

ACT IV. The dining room of More's house, late afternoon.

AFTERMATH. The corner of a square, at dawn.

Between ACTS I and II some days elapse. Between ACTS II and III three months. Between ACT III SCENE I and ACT III SCENE II no time. Between ACTS III and IV a few hours... Continue reading book >>

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