10/05/2000

The Rich are Different (by Susan Howatch)

Novel by Susan Howatch.

Dinah Slade, an ambitious but impoverished young British woman, propositions Paul van Zale, a rich American banker, in the hope of saving her family home.

An affair develops until circumstances return Paul to his wife, and the story moves to the USA.

Paul's right-hand man Steve and nephew Cornelius take increasing roles and the plot revolves around high finance, including the infamous Wall Street crash.

Each section of the novel is written from the perspective of a different character, which aids understanding and gradual revealing of personalities. Fast-moving, with touch characters and well-woven plots, and a fairly satisfactory ending.

(You can also read my longer review of 'The Rich are Different', written after re-reading eight years later)

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