Tag Archives: W. Somerset Maugham

Book Review: The Magician

The Magician, by W. Somerset Maugham The backstory behind this book is at least as interesting as the book itself, in that the author managed to take a creepy and unpleasant real life personage in Aleister Crowley and turn him … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Explorer

The Explorer, by W. Somerset Maugham In reading this book I was struck by what aspects of it made it so appealing, and something clicked that allowed me to better understand why this author has so quickly moved up my … Continue reading

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Book Review: Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham It was perhaps inevitable that I would eventually read this book, for at least two reasons.  On the one hand, the book is one that appears often, and has occurred especially often in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cakes And Ale

Cakes And Ale, by W. Somerset Maugham This is a novel that succeeds in being timeless and relevant by not trying at all to be.  This may seem a bit counterintuitive, if not outright paradoxical, but this novel achieves a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Catalina

Catalina:  A Romance, by W. Somerset Maugham Admittedly, the writing of W. Somerset Maugham was probably not the most obvious thing to appreciate when it came out in the early 20th century in the face of many disciples of various … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Circle

The Circle, by W. Somerset Maugham I do not think this is among the author’s best works, for at present the only work of the author’s I read about in other books is his classic novel Of Human Bondage.  However, … Continue reading

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