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The turmoil : a novel

Author: Booth Tarkington; Charles Edward Chambers; Harper & Brothers.
Publisher: New York ; London : Harper & Brothers, 1915.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This novel is about how the artistic soul is sacrificed on the altar of big business. Except in this case the artist willingly makes the sacrifice and has no regrets afterward. Thus, the novel can't be counted a tragedy. John Sheridan lives by one mantra: Bigger is better. He owns the Sheridan Pump Works and is determined to make it an industrial giant. He brings his two oldest sons into the business only to see  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Bildungsromans
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946.
Turmoil.
New York ; London : Harper & Brothers, 1915
(OCoLC)613067214
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Booth Tarkington; Charles Edward Chambers; Harper & Brothers.
OCLC Number: 274875
Notes: Verso of t.p.: Published February, 1915.
Colored frontispiece and black and white plates facing p. 50, 60, 106, 120, 148, 176, 264 and 312.
Advertisement on p. [2] of preliminary p.
Description: [10], 348, [2] p. (first p. and last p. blank), [9] leaves of plates : ill. (1 col.) ; 20 cm.
Responsibility: by Booth Tarkington ... ; illustrated by C.E. Chambers.

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This novel is about how the artistic soul is sacrificed on the altar of big business. Except in this case the artist willingly makes the sacrifice and has no regrets afterward. Thus, the novel can't be counted a tragedy. John Sheridan lives by one mantra: Bigger is better. He owns the Sheridan Pump Works and is determined to make it an industrial giant. He brings his two oldest sons into the business only to see them fail. His youngest son, Bibbs, is sickly and dreams of becoming a writer. But his father won't hear of it and puts him to work in the company, too. Surprisingly, Bibbs thrives in this setting and pushes the company onto ever greater levels of success. His fiancé is appalled that he would go along with his father's wishes, but Bibbs assures her he never would have made it as a writer and he made the right decision. It's a surprising development: one expects Bibbs to stand up to his father and declare his artistic endeavors more important. But I think Tarkington is being realistic here, and he is careful to develop Bibbs's character so that we can see him appreciate the usefulness his life takes on from the emptiness he'd known before because of his illness. Tarkington was not afraid to praise big business, though he also knew what to criticize about it, too (one thing he was quick to point out was how it spoiled natural beauty). If John Sheridan could declare, "Wealth! I will get wealth! I will make Wealth! I will sell Wealth for more Wealth," his son Bibbs could remark on how his father had served business blindly while he, Bibbs, believed "If man would let me [business] serve him, I should be beautiful." There is no irony intended in this, just a statement of belief. --Bomojaz at Amazon.com.

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