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A People's Man   By: (1866-1946)

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Edward Phillips Oppenheim's novel, A People's Man, is a gripping tale of ambition, love, and betrayal. Set in the backdrop of early 20th century England, the story follows the life of protagonist Michael Berrington.

Berrington, a charismatic and enigmatic figure, rises through the ranks of society, captivating both the working class and elite alike. Oppenheim skillfully crafts a multi-dimensional character in Berrington, blending his charm with a deep sense of mystery. As the narrative unfolds, readers are drawn into his intricate web of relationships, and his complex personality becomes increasingly intriguing.

What truly sets A People's Man apart is Oppenheim's masterful exploration of the tension between social classes. With a keen insight, he delves into the stark divisions between the rich and the poor, highlighting the inherent inequality within English society during that time period. Through Berrington, Oppenheim subtly challenges the notion of class privilege and portrays the struggles faced by those caught in the relentless struggle for power.

The novel also excels in its portrayal of romantic relationships. Oppenheim delicately weaves together the threads of passion, desire, and loyalty, creating a tapestry of emotions that keeps readers engrossed throughout. The chemistry between Berrington and his love interest is palpable, and their complicated love story adds depth and substance to the plot.

Beyond its compelling characters and captivating love story, A People's Man also offers a thrilling narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Oppenheim skillfully combines suspense, hidden agendas, and surprising twists, creating an engaging page-turner from start to finish. Each chapter offers new revelations and compelling dilemmas, making it difficult to put the book down.

However, while the novel boasts a robust plot and compelling characters, some readers may find certain aspects of the story predictable. Oppenheim's writing style, though eloquent and descriptive, occasionally falls into familiar tropes, leaving little room for unexpected surprises. Additionally, the pacing may feel uneven at times, with certain sections moving too quickly and others progressing at a slower pace.

Despite these minor drawbacks, A People's Man remains an enthralling read, both as a social commentary and a thrilling narrative. Oppenheim's ability to create authentic characters and intertwine their complex lives is truly commendable, making this book a worthwhile addition to any reader's collection. Whether exploring themes of class struggle or seeking a captivating tale of love and betrayal, A People's Man delivers on multiple levels.

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"Maraton has come! Maraton! Maraton is here!"

Across Soho, threading his way with devilish ingenuity through mazes of narrow streets, scattering with his hooter little groups of gibbering, swarthy foreigners, Aaron Thurnbrein, bent double over his ancient bicycle, sped on his way towards the Commercial Road and eastwards. With narrow cheeks smeared with dust, yellow teeth showing behind his parted lips, through which the muttered words came with uneven vehemence, ragged clothes, a ragged handkerchief around his neck, a greasy cap upon his head this messenger, charged with great tidings, proclaimed himself, by his visible existence, one of the submerged clinging to his last spar, fighting still with hands which beat the air, yet carrying the undaunted light of battle in his blazing eyes, deep sunken, almost cavernous, the last refuge, perhaps, of that ebbing life. Drops of perspiration were upon his forehead, his breath came hard and painfully. Before he had reached his destination, one could almost hear the rattle in his throat. He even staggered as at last he dropped from his bicycle and, wheeling it across a broad pavement, left it reclining against a box of apples exposed in front of a small greengrocer's shop.

The neighbourhood was ugly and dirty, the shop was ugly and dirty... Continue reading book >>

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