Family business by Anthony Blond lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
André Deutsch, 1978, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: At the centre of this family saga is a gigantic figure: Sir Ezra, later Lord, Sterling. His father, Big Oscar Steimatsky, came penniless to England at the turn of the century and laid the foundations of a business empire on his knack for repairing cash registers. By 1936, when the story proper begins, that empire is so flourishing that its ruler, Ezra, can surround his family with walls of gold.
How this is achieved, and how Ezra keeps control of the business and of the familys exuberant private lives, makes fascinating reading. An inside view of big business in all its intricacy is given warmth and colour by the many personal stories woven into it. The Sterlings are passionately loyal to each other, but loyalty is far from precluding plot and counterplot within the clan, and Ezra sometimes has to stretch his resourcefulness to outrageous lengths in order to contain the unruliness of various members of his flock.
The reader gradually begins to share the familys belief in the infallibility of this formidable, witty, cynical, sentimental, brutal and tender man. An important element in the story the element which makes it moving as well as amusing and amazing is Ezras own discovery that he is not infallible. He can shrug off occasionally being check-mated by a potential brother-in-law, or outwitted by his wife; but to be wrong for years about a matter so vitally important as his attitude to Israel What Lord Sterling does when he finally acknowledges this provides a memorable climax to a richly enjoyable novel.
Family Business is the first of three novels about the Sterlings: a fact which will rejoice its readers, because it is one of those books which one hates to put down for the last time.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
431 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.
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