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Maugham infuses the narrative with a sharp wit and good conversation.
Turns out that Ashenden, the narrator, the one who observes the story rather than participating in it much, is the one who grows and changes.
She also gets the last line in the book, which will leave most readers wondering whether to laugh or cry.
As I continue to wend my way through the novels of Somerset Maugham, I find this particular story to be one of my favorite. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alan L. Chase
Fabulous novel--I enjoyed it and was sad when it ended! A must read for anyone who's read Thomas Hardy's work.Published 3 months ago by Dex
It smells. Every time I turn a page it falls out. It is falling apart as I try to read it. The pages are brown and discolored. Read morePublished 6 months ago by elizabeth reeve
I read Mr. Maugham because he really spins a good tale.His sophistication is apparent in his language and style. This particular story is one of his best.Published 8 months ago by ranger one
Not much I can say about Somerset Maugham or "Cakes and Ale" that hasn't already been said by much more articulent people than I. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Walker Blue
What a lovely novel! The reader can curl up in the discursive style as if it were a nice warm quilt, enjoying the leisurely unfolding of the story and the characters in perfect... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anne Mills
Much as I LOVE Maugham, this was a miss - I couldn't get past fifty pages. I just didn't care about any of the characters and didn't see where the story was going. Read morePublished 16 months ago by I P