KINGSIDE by Ysabel Beannie


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Ysabel Bennie's first novel about big business is focused on Will Bohlander, an engineer with the Eilngsble Home washing machine company and protege of the autocratic, aging President, Luther Kingside. At the old man's beck and call, Will increasingly neglects his family to their mutual detriment. But he does survive a plot to oust Kingside and prevent a merger to become a president-in-waiting. The number of corporation novels that float by in the wake of the successful Executive Suite are legion and seem pallid by comparison with what became a best seller. However, like some of its competitors, nothing significant nor new emerges from this latest study of intramural loyalties and intrigues and extra curricular activities; the narrative carries the weight of the factual substance to make it a respectable and readable time-passer. It lacks, however, the warmth that personal experience gave her first book, The Blue chip, (Harper- 1954), which was an intimate picture of a mining camp.

Pub Date: Jan. 10th, 1962
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston