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An spell binding story, divided among China and the United States, of 2 associates encouraged by means of substantially antagonistic ideals.

This deeply felt novel tells the tale of William Lane and Clem Miller, american citizens who meet in China as youths on the finish of the 19th century. Separated through the Boxer uprising, they’re destined to commute wildly assorted classes in existence. From a heritage of wealth and privilege, William turns into a power-hungry and controlling media tycoon. in contrast, Clem, whose kin survived on charity becoming up, is engrossed by way of a project—which he works on perpetually, might be naively, with his chemist wife—to dispose of global poverty. the 2 finish up in the US and meet back, every one profitable in his personal zone, and as related of their depth as they're varied of their values. God’s males is a wealthy and layered portrayal of lives set alight by means of ambition.

This publication positive factors an illustrated biography of Pearl S. greenback together with infrequent photos from the author’s property.

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1 Compared to ‘‘democracy,’’ ‘‘the novel’’ is relatively easy to define. As a genre the novel characteristically focuses on contexts and relationships – the individual in society, the one in relation to the many. In contrast to more limiting forms such as the sonnet or the drama, the capacious novel has few formal requirements beyond the development of characters, the description of a setting, and the unfolding of a plot. Historically the novel has often been identified as a ‘‘democratic’’ form because of this generic flexibility, as well as its relative accessibility to readers.

The excesses of democracy and the traces of monarchic depravity coincide here in the fantastic figure of the sibling–lover. I would contend, moreover, that it is a version of this coincidence that anxious cultural commentators detected in the popular fiction of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Fiction’s broad license (everything and everyone could, in principle, enter its domain) drew attention to the dangers as well as the possibilities opened up by a radicalization of representability; and the conflation of democratic equality with the forbidden eroticism of sibling incest effectively suggests the thrill that fiction’s suspense – and democracy’s promise – offers so promiscuously.

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