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19th century satire with modern relevance,
This review is from: The Rise of Silas Lapham (American Library) (Paperback)
I am sure that most people who read this book will do so because they are studying 19th century American fiction. But I would also recommend this to others for three reasons.Firstly, and most importantly for a satire, this is actually quite a funny novel. Secondly, the targets of its satire are diverse and still relevant today: class and status, the price to be paid both by society and individuals for economic progress, the value systems of capitalism.
Thirdly, it is a worked example of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs for anyone in need of one(MBA students?).
As an added bonus a crucial plot twist is concerned with cost accounting - and how many novels can boast that?