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Her devotion is a lesson to all of us. I do not know whether, as I wished, I have indicated by my report of his dialogue with the waiter that his conversation was not as a rule brilliant or witty, but it was easy and he laughed so much that you sometimes had the illusion that what he said was funny.
His prime belonged to a period when the purple patch was in vogue and there are descriptive passages in his works that have found their way into all the anthologies of English prose.
I like this message too. As soon as I mentioned my name I was put through to him by his secretary. She gratified me by calling me Mr. The I in the book had grown up in a village where the dead writer had lived part of his early life and then went back to in his final years.
Mary-Ann was putting the supper on a tray to take it into the dining room.
But when they say that he is swollen-headed they err. He tries to be snotty but learns to unbend as he gets older.
Retrieved from ” https: MOM writes with his usual adroitness, moving easily from present to past. As such, Ashenden serves as the mouthpiece for Maugham’s own viewpoints and lectures on matters related and unrelated to the plot. It had a sort of sinister gaiety. Encombe knew Miss Broughton too. Not a life changing book, but a pleasant summer read and the beautiful prose of an old favorite author whose work I have only just begun to explore.
How does a woman, a former barmaid, live a life of unconventionality within a society that draws a clear line between ‘gentlemen’ and working men, a society that does not allow the vicar’s nephew to associate with a novelist? His outstanding merit was not the realism that gave vigour to his work, nor the beauty that informed it, nor his graphic portraits of seafaring men, nor his poetic descriptions of salty marshes, of storm and calm and of nestling hamlets; it was his longevity.
I heard her footsteps on the gravel. After pages of luncheons and snobbery, a fun, funny affair held my interest and the second half of the book ended up being quite satisfying. He said something about the mammon of unrighteousness, which I recog- nized as a quotation, but did not gather the sense of.
Return to Book Page. Maugham thinks snobbery is silly, but he takes great joy in creating rather endearing though thoroughly self absorbed snobs and poking fun at them. I wonder if you have in your possession any letters that he wrote to you and if so whether you would let me have copies of them. A fabulous book about writers and publishing, and although it was written over seventy years ago, it is so relevant today.
How was I to know that he was going to be acclaimed as the greatest novelist of our day? I really couldn’t get into this book, so disappointed. You mwugham told your car to wait round the corner so that it should not stand outside the door and by its magnificence affront his poverty, but at the door he says: She has to go almost immediately.
A chair was brought up for me and Mrs. Let’s have a good time while we can,” is a perfect capsule statement of the philosophy of existential meaninglessness and absolute hedonism; and if Rosie isn’t educated enough to think of it in those terms, Maugham definitely was.
He flourished in a bad period and he was inclined to be longwinded.
His novel had a considerable success. The mathematician who after seeing Phedre asked: He got a scholarship at Wadham, but he ran away to sea instead. The air was grey with tobacco smoke. You speak of the fickle- ness of the ,augham so that he may comfort himself by thinking that your popularity cannot last.
Very glad to have clicked through. The service was conducted by two maids in brown uniform and Mrs.