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The Competitive Nephew   By: (1877-1934)

The Competitive Nephew by Montague Glass

The Competitive Nephew by Montague Glass is a gripping novel that explores themes of ambition, family dynamics, and the pursuit of success in the competitive world of business. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century New York City, the story follows the journey of the protagonist, a young and determined nephew named Simon, as he navigates the complexities of the business world while trying to maintain his relationships with his family.

Glass’ writing style is both engaging and insightful, effortlessly capturing the essence of the time period and the struggles faced by individuals trying to make their mark in a cutthroat industry. The author skillfully delves into Simon's psyche, showcasing his fierce desire to outdo his successful uncle while battling his own insecurities and doubts. This internal conflict adds depth to Simon's character, making him relatable and endearing.

One of the novel's greatest strengths is its exploration of the multifaceted dynamics between Simon and his family members. Glass presents a cast of well-developed and memorable characters, each with their own ambitions, rivalries, and quirks. The interplay between Simon and his uncle, in particular, is fraught with tension and envy, leading to a fascinating power struggle that drives the plot forward. The complex family relationships portrayed in the book create an engaging and relatable backdrop for the story.

The Competitive Nephew also sheds light on the darker side of ambition and the sacrifices one may be willing to make in the pursuit of success. Glass expertly highlights the ethical dilemmas faced by Simon as he confronts choices that will shape not only his career but also his personal life. This exploration of the price of ambition adds a layer of complexity to the narrative, anchoring it in the reality of the time period.

While the novel adeptly captures the spirit of early 20th century New York City society and offers a compelling exploration of ambition and family dynamics, it could benefit from a more focused and concise plot. At times, the story meanders, delving into tangents that, while interesting, tend to detract from the central narrative. Additionally, the pacing can feel uneven, with some sections dragging while others rush by, leaving the reader craving more development of certain plot points.

In conclusion, The Competitive Nephew by Montague Glass is a captivating novel that skillfully intertwines themes of ambition, family, and the pursuit of success. Glass' vivid descriptions and compelling characters bring early 20th century New York City to life, while the complex family dynamics add depth to the story. Although the novel could benefit from tighter pacing and a more streamlined plot, it remains a thought-provoking read that will resonate with those interested in the intersection of ambition and personal relationships.

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THE COMPETITIVE NEPHEW

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ABE AND MAWRUSS ABE AND MAWRUSS PHILOSOPHERS ELKAN LUBLINER: AMERICAN OBJECT: MATRIMONY POTASH AND PERLMUTTER

[Illustration: "He ain't been in the place a year, y'understand, and to night he marries a relation of his boss and he gets three hundred dollars in the bargain"]

The Competitive Nephew

By

MONTAGUE GLASS

Illustrated

GARDEN CITY NEW YORK DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY 1915

Copyright, 1915, by DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY

All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian

COPYRIGHT, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914, BY THE CURTIS PUBLISHING COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1911, BY THE FRANK A. MUNSEY COMPANY, N.Y.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE COMPETITIVE NEPHEW 3 A Story of Business, Nepotism, Asthma, and Even Love

II. OPPORTUNITY 41 How It Knocked but Once on Mr. Zamp's Door, and Found Him on the Job

III. THE SORROWS OF SEIDEN 60 Why You Should Never Even Begin with Your Wife's Relations

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