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The Conscience of the Rich (Strangers and Brothers #3)

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Seventh in the Strangers and Brothers series, this is a novel of conflict exploring the world of the great Anglo-Jewish banking families between the two World Wars. Charles March is heir to one of these families and is beginning to make a name for himself at the Bar. When he wishes to change his way of life and do something useful he is forced into a quarrel with his fathe ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published October 11th 2008 by House of Stratus (first published 1958)
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Lobstergirl
Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Festus Ezeli
Shelves: got-rid-of, fiction
The first person narrator of C.P. Snow's 1958 novel The Conscience of the Rich is Lewis Eliot, a poor young man who has scrimped his way through Cambridge and become a lawyer. He befriends another new Cambridge lawyer, Charles March, scion of one of the great Anglo-Jewish banking families. (The time period of the novel is 1927 to about 1936.) Early on Charles becomes disenchanted with law, and drops out of the Bar, much to his father Leonard's horror. Lewis becomes very close to the March family ...more
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Holly
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adore the entirew Strangers and Brothers series by C.P. Snow, but possibly the third is my favorite. Or the fourth, The Light and the dark ;-)...I have always said that no one constructs a sentence so perfectly and so consistently perfectly as C.P. Snow.

I also highly recommend his wife's body of work, the equally talented but less known Pamela Hansford Johnson.
Stephen
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
I have never quite had a friend like Charles March. I wonder how different my life could have been if I had. I wonder how different the life of Lewis Eliot would have been if he hadn't. These are all quite interesting counter-factual speculations that weave in and out of fact and fiction. If only ...

Charles March, in my opinion, was quite instrumental in the life of Lewis Eliot. He provided a guiding hand at an early stage of Eliot's career. One could even argue that he got Eliot started. He pro
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Ian
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I like British postwar fiction, and among its more celebrated examples CP Snow’s – he of the “two cultures” thing – Strangers and Brothers series of eleven novels seemed like it might appeal. So I decided to read them – but not in order of publication, in order of internal chronology. The Conscience Of The Rich is the third book in the series, but was written and published seventh. It’s the late 1920s, Lewis Eliot has moved to London and joined an inn of court, under Herbert Getliffe. He meets a ...more
Mikee
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british
All of Snow's "Strangers and Brothers" novels are like literary soap operas set in upper-class London. Not upper upper class, mind. There's always a lot of striving, but with barely a look down. The outside world peeps in, of course, but the main focus is always on the inner circle of family and class. The ironies are subtle. The characters are drawn with a full brush. Always a joy to read - one every couple of months.
Peer
Oct 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Story about a law student in London, from a lower class familly, making friends with the upperclass through a fellow student from a rich Jewish family. I didn't enjoy the read, which was flat and cold. Little points of recognition/interest. Not a story I could enjoy or learn something from.
Cole Brumley
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I can't read anymore British society dramas. I'm done.
Linda
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
A novel of conflict exploring the world of the great Anglo-Jewish banking families between the two World Wars.


Working from a list of books I read years ago.
Maia
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 50s
Much better than anticipated, full review to follow.
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Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Best of the series so far. Terrific portrait of family relations and a more moving moral dilemma than in the earlier books.
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