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Old Adam

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In "Old Adam" by Arnold Bennett, the author explores the life of a self-made man who rises from humble beginnings to achieve wealth and success. The novel delves into themes of ambition, betrayal, and redemption as the protagonist, Adam, navigates the complexities of his personal and professional life.

Bennett's writing is evocative and rich in detail, painting a vivid portrait of early 20th-century English society. The characters are well-developed and engaging, each with their own flaws and motivations that drive the plot forward.

The narrative is compelling and moves at a brisk pace, drawing the reader into Adam's world and keeping them invested in his journey. Despite some predictable plot twists, the novel ultimately delivers a satisfying conclusion that ties up loose ends and leaves the reader with a sense of closure.

Overall, "Old Adam" is a gripping and thought-provoking read that offers a nuanced exploration of the human experience. Bennett's prose is a pleasure to read, and his insights into the nature of ambition and success are both poignant and relevant. Whether you're a fan of historical fiction or simply enjoy a well-told story, this novel is sure to capture your attention and keep you turning pages until the very end.

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Edward Henry Machin, whose rise from humble beginnings to prosperity was told in 'The Card', leads a comfortable life in the English Midlands 'Five Towns'. Yet when he unexpectedly gains three hundred and forty-one pounds in a speculation on rubber shares, he realises that he doesn't 'feel so jolly, after all'. After a visit to the local music hall, he decides that a change is in order. He takes the morning train to London, where adventures in the theatrical world await. 'The Old Adam' was also published under the title, 'The Regent'.

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