Up At The Villa

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Random House, Nov 10, 2009 - Fiction - 128 pages
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Mary Panton walls up her desires in a beautiful villa high up in the hills above Florence, as she calmly contemplates her disastrous marriage. But a single act of compassion begins a nightmare of violence that shatters her serenity. She turns for help to the notorious Rowley Flint, and through him comes to realise that to deny love, with all its passions and risks, is to deny life itself.

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Written during WWI and set in pre-war Italy, this is the tale of a young, widowed gentlewoman. Mary married for love only to watch her husband's disintegration; when he died, it was a mercy. She took ... Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

These characters all seem too doomed for the story to seem all that captivating. The desperation is true, but the lengths gone to seem a bit improbably cinematic (soap opera). Read full review

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About the author (2009)

William Somerset Maugham, famous as novelist, playwright and short-story writer, 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 a view to practising medicine, but left to focus exclusively on writing. In 1927, he settled in the south of France, and lived there until his death in 1965.

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