Golden Beast by E. Phillips Oppenheim

Golden Beast

byE. Phillips Oppenheim

Kobo ebook | March 14, 2015

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Israel, Lord Honerton, is a wealthy industrial chemist who lives in baronial splendor on his Norfolk estate. At a family dinner, his youngest son is called away by the gamekeeper, who whips him for having made love to the gamekeeper's daughter. He dies by accident but the gatekeeper is found guilty and hung due to the vengeful efforts of Lord Honerton. 30 years later, Honerton's descendants suffer a similar episode when the youngest son, Ernest, is also called away from the dinner table, and disappears. Despite the efforts of Scotland Yard's Inspector Rode, and his brilliant and beautiful sister Judith, Ernest cannot be found.

Sir Lawrence Paule is a young, eccentric, and handsome scientist who heads the research department of Farnhams, the family pharmaceutical business. He intrigues and repels the beautiful Judith. The novel veers strongly towards science fiction in the final chapters.

Written in 1925, with a powerful Jewish family as the main characters, there are strong descriptions and anti-semitic characterizations. The men are greedy, money obsessed, and unattractive. The women are beautiful, alluring, exotic, and immoral. "Yours was once the greatest race on Earth, you know, Lady Judith. The dross crept in and they became outcasts. Here and there the gold remains." etc, etc. These attitudes towards Jews were common in Europe at the time, and often occur in Oppenheim's novels.

Title:Golden BeastFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 14, 2015Publisher:Consumer Oriented Ebooks PublisherLanguage:English

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