Cakes And Ale

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Random House, Mar 4, 2010 - Fiction - 224 pages
11 Reviews

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARE

Cakes and Ale is both a wickedly satirical novel about contemporary literary poseurs and a skilfully crafted study of freedom. As he traces the fortunes of Edward Driffield and his extraordinary wife Rosie, one of the most delightful heroines of twentieth-century literature, Maugham's sardonic wit and lyrical warmth expertly combine in this accomplished and unforgettable novel.

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User Review  - Oandthegang - LibraryThing

Cakes And Ale by W Somerset Maugham The novel opens with the narrator, Willie Ashenden, considering the character and career of Alroy Kear, a man he has known for twenty years. Ashenden and Kear are ... Read full review

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User Review  - LadyoftheLodge - LibraryThing

Read this for the 2014 Category Challenge. It took me awhile to get into the writing style of the author. The flashbacks also threw me off until I figured it out. This is the story of a writer who is ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St. Thomas' Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to literature. Of Human Bondage, the first of his masterpieces, came out in 1915, and with the publication in 1919 of The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established. At the same time his fame as a successful playwright and writer was being consolidated with acclaimed productions of various plays and the publication of several short story collections. His other works include travel books, essays, criticism and the autobiographical The Summing Up and A Writer's Notebook. In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965

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