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Skin Game

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Skin Game by John Galsworthy is a powerful novel that delves into the complexities of human relationships and the impact of societal expectations on individuals. The story follows the lives of two cousins, Adam and Martin, who come from different backgrounds and have contrasting personalities. As they navigate the challenges of their inherited fortune and societal status, they are forced to confront their own values and priorities.

Galsworthy's writing is thought-provoking and poignant, exploring themes of wealth, privilege, and morality. The characters are well-developed and complex, grappling with their own desires and flaws. The author skillfully weaves together multiple storylines, creating a rich tapestry of interconnected lives.

One of the strongest aspects of Skin Game is its exploration of class and privilege. Galsworthy paints a vivid picture of the upper-class society of England in the early 20th century, highlighting the ways in which wealth and status can both elevate and corrupt individuals. The novel challenges the reader to question their own beliefs about social hierarchy and the moral implications of privilege.

Overall, Skin Game is a compelling and thought-provoking read that offers a nuanced examination of human nature and societal norms. Galsworthy's writing is engaging and insightful, making this novel a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the complexities of class and morality.

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A small play in three acts. A kind of comic tragedy. The plot tells the story of the interaction between two very different families in rural England just after the end of the First World War. Squire Hillcrist lives in the manor house where his family has lived for generations. He has a daughter, Jill, who is in her late teens; and a wife, Amy, as well as servants and retainers. He is "old money", although his finances are at a bit of low ebb. The other family is the "nouveau riche" Hornblowers, headed by the single-minded and rich industrialist Hornblower, who throws old retainers the Jackmans out of their home (much to the Squire's disgust), and who plans to surround the Hillcrist's rural estate with factories.

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