It was an ability so well honed that his work makes you feel as if you have been drawn into an intimate conversation with the century's most arresting and sophisticated personality. All of life that he can find - from an Indian Ashrama to labor in a coal mine - becomes Larry's spiritual experiment as he spurns the comfort and privilege of the Roaring 20s. The last of Maugham's novels, Catalina is a romantic celebration of Spain and a delightfully mischievous satire on absolutism. Julia e Michael hanno anche un figlio adolescente, Roger, che studia senza particolari successi in college. Note to self: must see movie. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles. This book reminds one of an an autobiography written with the frankness of a man who thought it would never be read by others.Next
Allo stesso modo si comportano i personaggi che le girano attorno, tanto che non si capisce chi usa chi e chi viene usato. His style is very conversational and you feel yourself settling into an intellectual odyssey led by a man who lived life to its fullest. Somerset Maugham 1874 - 1965 William Somerset Maugham 25 January 1874 — 16 December 1965 was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. What if marriage were optional? Unfortunately the narration is monotonous and she doesn't really attempt to separate the different voices. Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day. Her relationships with her husband, son and lovers did not ring true to me.Next
She captures different accents well. If any of them isn't, please let me know. I loved the references to Shakespeare and Keats, the explorations of tension and conflict that occurred alongside this giant theatre. Theatre is short and punchy, frothy and very easy listening. Maugham, come spiega nell'introduzione, attinge largamente alla sua esperienza di commediografo e da grande conoscitore di teatro qual era diventato - l'opera in originale si intitola, appunto, Theatre - riassume nella figura di Julia Lambert, «la più grande attrice d'Inghilterra», tutte le grandi dive incontrate sulla scena. During World War I, he served with the Red Cross and in the ambulance corps, before being recruited in 1916 into the British Secret Intelligence Service, for which he worked in Switzerland and Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Wouldn't read this narrator again.
I did not come to understand her choices or why she did what she did. Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The Gentleman in the Parlour is an account of the author's trip through what was then Burma and Siam, ending in Haiphong, Vietnam. Honest and very instructive as well. Love Is Blind is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Temo che vivere con un attore o un'attrice sia cosa piuttosto faticosa, difficile ottenere attenzione e difficile convincersi che il dialogo sia proprio con te e non con un pubblico silenzioso alle tue spalle. I knew how frightened you were of intelligence and I did everything I could to make you think me as big a fool as the rest of the men you knew.Next
When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. In Maugham's lifetime, as his civilization slowly disappeared, people from all walks of life, the proud, the urbane, the crude, and the desperate, passed beneath the lens of his dispassionate scrutiny. Some of the intricacies are missing and although Julia has layers, there is a certain quality missing in her experiences. In this context, his plain prose style was criticized as 'such a tissue of clichés' that one's wonder is finally aroused at the writer's ability to assemble so many and at his unfailing inability to put anything in an individual way. Middle-brows like to put down Maugham, but smarties know you can't put him down. Which character — as performed by Steven Crossley — was your favourite? She was raised in a narrow, cosseted, ridiculously skewed environment and so became narrow, cosseted, and ridiculously skewed.Next
This book is one that is very easy to recommend to others who are interested in good literature. Il libro scorre piacevolmente: è brioso, ironico, divertente, con un confronto bellissimo con il figlio Roger e un finale notevole. Well read, in a voice that coped quite well with the male characters too, the narration also seemed a period piece, so it worked very well, for me. The subject matter is, in the main, fascinating to any fan of Maugham. We are given a figure made up of a conglomeration of traits found in successful actresses, but not a creature that lives and breathes.Next
His first novel, Liza of Lambeth, sold out in a matter of weeks, prompting Maugham to leave medicine and embark on a 65-year career as a man of letters. Classics aren't my favorite genre, so it takes a great one to get 4 or 5 stars from this reviewer. This information helps us design a better experience for all users. It seems that noting can ruffle her satin feathers, until a quiet stranger who challenges Julia's very sense of self. Includes some of the greatest short stories of all time. A tense, exotic tale of love, jealousy, murder and suicide, which evolved from a passage in Maugham's earlier masterpiece, The Moon and Sixpence.Next
Narrated by Termin Dyan The Moon and the Sixpence is a short novel written by William Somerset Maugham and published in 1919. Nor is Walter portrayed as the simple, wounded hero. The Summing Up represents Maugham's life and philosophy in his own words. The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters: his fiancée Isabel, whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions; and Elliot Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob. Nearly destroyed by a narrator that noisily swallows, licks lips and makes disgusting mouth noises distracting me from the story. But writing was his true vocation. You act to the servants, you act to father, you act to me.