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The Grand Babylon Hotel

Arnold Bennett

Book Overview: 

Theodore Racksole, a rich American multimillionaire, buys the Grand Babylon Hotel, a luxurious hotel in London, as a whim – and then finds out there are strange things going on – a German prince is supposed to arrive but never turns up, someone is found murdered in the hotel, but then the body disappears. With the help of his independent daughter Nella and another German prince, Racksole sets out to solve the mystery.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .His reasons for such a course were threefold—first, he felt depressed and uneasy; second, he didn't like the name of Sampson Levi; and, third, he had a desire to show these so-called plutocrats that their wealth was nothing to him, that they could not do what they chose with Theodore Racksole, and that for two pins Theodore Racksole would buy them up, and the whole Kaffir Circus to boot. But something warned him that though such a high-handed proceeding might be tolerated in America, that land of freedom, it would never be tolerated in England. He felt instinctively that in England there are things you can't do, and that this particular thing was one of them. So the ball went forward, and neither Mr nor Mrs Sampson Levi had ever the least suspicion what a narrow escape they had had of looking very foolish in the eyes of the thousand or so guests invited by them to the Gold Room of the Grand Babylon that evening.

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Community Reviews

This was a nice read. Three stars.

This is a delightful confection, an Edwardian mystery that was originally serialized. It's a pity that's gone, as far as I know, or perhaps moved to platforms in which I don't participate. Some great literature has been serialized, among the works those of Proust and Dickens, as well as some I-need-

The Grand Babylon Hotel is my second book by Arnold Bennett and once again, I was very well entertained.

Published in 1902, Bennett modeled the Grand Babylon Hotel after the luxurious Savoy Hotel in London. It was hard not to be awed by the magnificence of this hotel which was built in 1869 to cater

You can call this a cozy mystery. I wonder if that term was used back in 1902 when this was first published in book form. It had earlier come out in serial format in the magazine The Golden Penny. It’s light. It’s good natured. There are mysteries to be solved. Each step is spelled out so explicitly

Entertaining tale of skullduggery with a bit of romance, set in a grand London hotel.

A delightful “lark”: a humorous Edwardian mystery, told in short chapters, each ending on a cliff-hanger or surprising revelation (written for serialisation). It sounds clichéd, but is so well done, that it merely adds to the charm.

Theodore Racksole is an American millionaire “who owned one thousand

In 1902 Arnold Bennett told the world an extraordinary tale of events at london’s most prestigious hotel: The Grand Babylon Hotel.

A hotel founded in 1869 by Félix Babylon, the son of a successful Swiss hotelier, to offer the finest service and the utmost discretion to royalty and the creme de la cr

First published in 1902, this first appeared as a serial in the, “Golden Penny.” Having finished this, I do think it probably worked better as a serial, rather than a novel. It is something of a melodramatic farce, with characters rushing about all over the place and, obviously, Bennett needed to ha

Really a very charming book written in the early 1900's.

The Grand Babylon Hotel - luxury and elegance, mystery and romance in London. Light hearted tale with enjoyable characters, a pleasant easy story with an almost fairy tale quality.

I listened to an audio version and I thoroughly enjoyed this bo

If you are looking for an amusing and easy to read novel with lots of mystery, political conspiracy, espionage and interesting characters all bound together with a splash of romance and humor then The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett can be a satisfying choice. Written in 1902, this is a pretty

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