One thought on “Arnold Bennett, Imperial Palace

  1. I like this novel a lot. When I was researching a piece on Bennett’s politics, I read it again and decided that this was the nearest the anti-Utopian Bennett got to a Utopia, a depiction of benevolent capitalism where every employee is valued, and the intelligent leader fosters teamwork and identification with the project. Yes, it’s a long read, but that’s because he wants to include every aspect of hotel life, from the commissionaire to the kitchens to the laundry. I’ve found it fascinating, even on a second reading.

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