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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.
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 1 month 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 4 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 6 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 10 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 12 months ago by I P
I had it for my friend and he was very satisfied with everything. the cover was beautiful and the quality of the paper was good.Published 16 months ago by george
I just ordered a copy of Maugham's cake and ale. It didn't appear on my Kindle.
Come on fellows. I've always thought that you were decent people. Read more
Lyrical descriptions of the angst of 1920s youth caught up in 'socially incorrect' sexual longing make this a delightful short novel. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Pollywog