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The Grain of Dust   By: (1867-1911)

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The Grain of Dust by David Graham Phillips is a remarkable piece of literature that delves deep into the complex dynamics of power, money, and love. Set in a bustling city, the story weaves together the lives of several characters whose destinies intertwine in unexpected ways.

The narrative revolves around the protagonist, Lawrence Blake, a wealthy and influential man with a seemingly flawless life. However, as the story develops, the author skillfully reveals the vulnerabilities hidden beneath his facade of success. Through Blake's eyes, we are given a glimpse into the corrupt underbelly of society, where ambition and greed run rampant.

One of the book's greatest strength lies in its character development. Phillips paints each character with such depth and intricacy that readers cannot help but become emotionally invested in their journeys. From the ambitious social climber, George Broadhead, to the charming but morally flawed Nelly Laroy, each character is flawed and human, making their choices and struggles all the more compelling.

Moreover, the themes addressed in The Grain of Dust resonate with timeless relevance. The author explores the destructive nature of materialism and the toxic allure of power, giving readers a profound reflection on the true meaning of happiness and fulfillment. Phillips vividly portrays the consequences of society's obsession with wealth, ultimately highlighting the importance of pursuing love and genuine connection over materialistic desires.

The prose in The Grain of Dust is elegant and evocative, capturing the essence of the era it portrays. Phillips' imagery is vivid and transports readers to the bustling streets and lavish environments of early 20th-century America. The author also skillfully employs foreshadowing and suspense, keeping the readers on the edge of their seats until the climactic finale.

In conclusion, The Grain of Dust is a captivating novel that explores the depths of human desires and the perils of pursuing power and wealth. David Graham Phillips's masterful storytelling and nuanced character development make this a must-read for anyone looking for a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant piece of literature.

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[Illustration: "'I will teach you to love me,' he cried."]







"'I will teach you to love he,' he cried"

"'You won't make an out and out idiot of yourself, will you Ursula?'"

"'Would you like to think I was marrying you for what you have? or for any other reason whatever but for what you are?'"

"'It has killed me,' he groaned."

"She glanced complacently down at her softly glistening shoulders."

"'Father . . . I have asked you not to interfere between Fred and me.'"

"Evidently she had been crying."

"At Josephine's right sat a handsome young foreigner."



Into the offices of Lockyer, Sanders, Benchley, Lockyer & Norman, corporation lawyers, there drifted on a December afternoon a girl in search of work at stenography and typewriting. The firm was about the most important and most famous radical orators often said infamous in New York. The girl seemed, at a glance, about as unimportant and obscure an atom as the city hid in its vast ferment. She was blonde tawny hair, fair skin, blue eyes. Aside from this hardly conclusive mark of identity there was nothing positive, nothing definite, about her. She was neither tall nor short, neither fat nor thin, neither grave nor gay... Continue reading book >>

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