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Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett is a captivating novel that delves deep into the lives of its characters, providing readers with a rich and detailed portrayal of society in the early 20th century. The story follows the ambitious protagonist, Denry Machin, as he navigates the challenges and triumphs of his life in the bustling city of Bursley.

Bennett's writing is vivid and evocative, drawing readers into the world of Denry and his acquaintances. The author skillfully weaves together various plotlines, exploring themes of love, ambition, and social class with nuance and depth. The characters are well-developed and complex, adding depth and dimension to the story.

One of the standout aspects of Roll-Call is Bennett's keen insight into the human psyche and his ability to capture the essence of human nature. Through his characters, he explores the intricacies of relationships, ambition, and self-discovery, creating a narrative that is both thought-provoking and engaging.

Overall, Roll-Call is a compelling novel that offers a glimpse into the complexities of society and the human experience. Bennett's storytelling and characterization make for an engaging read that is sure to resonate with readers of all backgrounds.

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"The Roll-Call" is the sequel to the Clayhanger trilogy. This book concerns the young life of Clayhanger's stepson, George. George Edwin Cannon (he quickly dropped the surname Clayhanger), is an architect, in many ways representing the ambitions held by his stepfather, Edwin. However, he possesses an arrogance endowed by family wealth and Bennett examines with some aplomb the difficulty of bringing up children without spoiling them. George eventually joins the army and this is a fitting finale to this fine series.

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