"It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham.... He was always so entirely there." -Gore Vidal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I found the plot, the points of view and the development dull and dated. From today's understanding of art and artists it is difficult to grasp why it was so succesful when first... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alina Tortosa
Entertaining, though the main character,Charles Strickland, is unlikeable.Published 1 month ago by Nancy D. Riches
The story of Paul Gauguin in novel form, and one of the best by Maugham. A fun read about an interesting man and his times.Published 1 month ago by Peter Davis
This novel disappointed for a number of reasons. My main source of irritation was the narrator, who contrived to place himself into this story when he really did not belong there. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gail Erb
Maugham may be a bit dated, with his social points of reference( his interpretation of the "female phyche" ain't gonna make him popular with the activist set) being the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fredex
I love Somerset Maugham. His ideas are so contemporary that they could have been written tomorrow instead of in 1919. His stories let me explore my life and my feelings. Read morePublished 4 months ago by dinahnsc