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Pelham   By: (1803-1873)

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Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's novel Pelham takes readers on a journey through the extravagant and complex world of 19th-century English society. With his signature writing style, Bulwer-Lytton effortlessly paints a detailed picture of the social, political, and romantic landscapes of the era.

The story revolves around the life of the protagonist, a well-to-do young man named Pelham. Through his eyes, readers are exposed to the opulent lifestyles, intricate social etiquette, and power dynamics prevalent in the upper echelons of society. Bulwer-Lytton's attention to detail and vivid descriptions transport readers into the heart of this fascinating world, captivating their imagination from the very beginning.

Pelham himself is a multi-dimensional character, embodying both the allure and the struggle of navigating such a society. While his wealth grants him access to exclusive events and influential acquaintances, it also exposes him to the moral dilemmas and moral decay that often accompany such a lifestyle. The author skillfully explores Pelham's internal conflicts, flawed choices, and personal growth, making him a relatable and engaging protagonist.

In addition to its exploration of social themes, Pelham also delves into the intricacies of love and relationships. The novel is interwoven with numerous romantic entanglements, each with its own complexities. As Pelham navigates through a series of affairs, secret trysts, and broken relationships, Bulwer-Lytton masterfully captures the essence of love's triumphs and tragedies, keeping readers emotionally invested until the very end.

One aspect that particularly stands out in Pelham is the author's engaging writing style. Bulwer-Lytton's prose is elegant and eloquent, with a touch of wit and satire that adds depth and an engaging quality to the narrative. He effortlessly balances intricate descriptions with dialogue and action, ensuring that the pacing remains consistent and the story remains captivating throughout.

While Pelham offers an enthralling glimpse into an era long gone, the novel also serves as a reminder of the universal struggles and desires that transcend time. The world that Bulwer-Lytton creates is layered with social commentary, presenting readers with an opportunity to reflect on the values, ambitions, and aspirations that drive human behavior.

Pelham by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton is a classic novel that beautifully captures the essence of 19th-century English society. With its compelling characters, intricate plotlines, and elegant prose, the book takes readers on a memorable journey into a world of social intrigue, love, and personal growth. Fans of historical fiction and those interested in exploring the inner workings of a bygone era will find this novel to be an absolute delight.

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By Edward Bulwer Lytton



Ou peut on etre mieux qu'au sein de sa famille? French Song. [Where can on be better than in the bosom of one's family?]

I am an only child. My father was the younger son of one of our oldest earls; my mother the dowerless daughter of a Scotch peer. Mr. Pelham was a moderate whig, and gave sumptuous dinners; Lady Frances was a woman of taste, and particularly fond of diamonds and old china.

Vulgar people know nothing of the necessaries required in good society, and the credit they give is as short as their pedigree. Six years after my birth, there was an execution in our house. My mother was just setting off on a visit to the Duchess of D ; she declared it was impossible to go without her diamonds. The chief of the bailiffs declared it was impossible to trust them out of his sight. The matter was compromised the bailiff went with my mother to C , and was introduced as my tutor. "A man of singular merit," whispered my mother, "but so shy!" Fortunately, the bailiff was abashed, and by losing his impudence he kept the secret. At the end of the week, the diamonds went to the jeweller's, and Lady Frances wore paste.

I think it was about a month afterwards that a sixteenth cousin left my mother twenty thousand pounds... Continue reading book >>

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