The Mannings

The Mannings

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  • Paperback | 800 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552098159
  • 9780552098151

Review Text

This is a prodigious (close to 700 pages) novel primarily about Mark Manning from Elkins, Ohio who works his way up from a Bicycle Emporium (circa 1900) to a rubber company, one of America's bluest chips - in other words he's an empire-building-captain-of-industry and if you look at the speedometer midway, it's around 35 million dollars. Manning leaves an illegitimate child behind him in Elkins (Roger Boine) and finally marries Charlotte Rosen, the daughter of the Jew who becomes his partner while disapproving of him as a son-in-law. In time Charlotte finds that Mark loves business more than her and leaves him to some of his light-o-loves (one will be murdered) and to the power-obsessed, vulgar, opulent Lily who tries to kill him at the close. Then there are the children to fill in and out, including Roger - the victim of a horrible fate (one foot hacked off) on one of Mark's South American plantations. The novel also keeps up with the political and social paraphernalia of the times, moves easily from Ohio to New York to the continent, and retains the confidence of its commercial skill and designation. If you remember Edwin Gilbert's Silver Spoon and enjoyed it, you will find that Stewart's Mannings offer the same kind of affluent readability. (Kirkus Reviews)show more