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The False Gods   By: (1869-1937)

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George Horace Lorimer’s The False Gods presents a captivating exploration of human emotions and the pursuit of success. Set in the bustling city of New York during the Gilded Age, the narrative delves into the lives of two ambitious protagonists, William Gillette and Richard Armstrong.

Lorimer’s impeccable storytelling immerses readers in a society obsessed with material gain and social status. Through vivid descriptions and engaging dialogue, the author masterfully portrays the allure and dangers of wealth and power. The narrative consistently challenges societal norms and raises thought-provoking questions about the true nature of success and the sacrifices one must make to achieve it.

The character development within The False Gods is both intricate and compelling. Gillette, a young lawyer from a humble background, embodies the unyielding determination of an individual striving for recognition. His relentless pursuit of wealth and status exposes the fine line between ambition and dissatisfaction, highlighting the inner conflicts one faces in the pursuit of success.

In contrast, Armstrong, a well-established Wall Street magnate, represents the embodiment of achievement and influence. Lorimer portrays him as an enigmatic figure, prompting readers to question the cost of his position and what lies behind his façade of power. As the story progresses, Armstrong's inner struggle is unveiled, revealing the immense pressure of living up to societal expectations and the sacrifices one must make to maintain success.

The False Gods is not merely a story of ambition, but also a study of the ethical implications surrounding it. The author unflinchingly explores the consequences of moral compromises and the toll they take on an individual's character. Lorimer skillfully navigates the complexities of human emotions and motivations, leaving readers pondering the true definition of success and the inherent price it demands.

Furthermore, the contextual backdrop of New York City during the Gilded Age adds depth to the narrative. Lorimer effectively captures the opulence and superficiality of the era, demonstrating the power of social hierarchies and the impact they have on the characters' lives. The city itself becomes a character, reflecting the stark realities of a society driven by appearances and status.

However, some readers may find the novel's pacing to be slow at times, particularly during its more contemplative moments. Additionally, the intricate plot may require careful attention to fully grasp the underlying themes presented throughout the story.

In conclusion, George Horace Lorimer’s The False Gods is an unputdownable exploration of ambition, wealth, and the human condition. With its well-developed characters and thought-provoking themes, the novel encourages readers to reevaluate their own aspirations and the sacrifices they are willing to make to achieve success. Lorimer's masterful storytelling and nuanced exploration of societal pressures make The False Gods a captivating read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the human pursuit of success.

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Author of "Letters from a Self made Merchant to His Son"




[Illustration: "Then ... the arms crushed him against the stone breast."]


D. Appleton and Company New York 1906

Copyright, 1906, by George Horace Lorimer Copyright, 1906, by D. Appleton and Company Entered at Stationer's Hall, London Published April, 1906



To A.V.L.





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