"[Maugham] is a master for creating the appetite for information, of withholding it until the right moment, and then providing it surprisingly." --Evelyn Waugh
"Maugham is a catty delight." --The Boston Globe
From the Inside Flap
Cakes and Ale
roused a storm of controversy when it was first published in 1930. It is both a wickedly satirical novel about contemporary literary poseurs and a skillfully crafted study of freedom. It is also the book for which Maugham wanted most to be remembered.
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