Braine, John: Room at the Top

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ROOM AT THE TOP The author: John Braine is a Yorkshireman. After minor jobs he became library assistant at Bingley and followed this career until the success of this book, which is his first novel, and it is a remarkable one. Main characters: Joseph Lampton: short Joe He is the first person narrator and a very attractive and energetic young man in the age of 24. years. Susan Brown: She is a very pretty and rich young girl who falls in love with Joe. Alice Aisgill: She is married, 34-years-old and she has an affair with Joe. The plot: Joe Lampton is brought up on the fringes of poverty and squalor in an ugly North Country town. He emerges to fight up his way into the bright world of money and influence. So, when he moves to a new town and a new job and starts to range among comfortably-off, intelligent people, it looks as if the campaign is succeding. It is not long before Susan falls in love with him. And there is only one thing that holds him back. He is himself in love with Alice. Between them an extraordinary love grows up, a passion of both the heart and the senses. But then Joe has dates with Susan and the more time he meets her, the more he loves her. Susan is quite childish and romantic and that is something Joe loves most about her. In the first time he dates with Susan he has the affair with Alice side by side. He cannot imagine that Susan will find out that he makes love to Alice, but she gets to know it nevertheless. And so for the moment it is the end for their ...

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