Cakes and Ale has ratings and reviews. Bill said: Somerset Maugham’s Cakes and Ale (“Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be. Cakes and Ale is both a wickedly satirical novel about contemporary heroines of twentieth-century literature, Maugham’s sardonic wit and William Somerset Maugham was born in and lived in Paris until he was ten. Full text of “Cakes And Ale Maugham”. See other formats. CAKES AND ALE OR THE SKELETON IN THE CUPBOARD W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM PRODUCED.

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The novel has also sparked my interest in exploring additional works by Maugham. You are embarrassed and you look away.

Cakes and Ale

The elm trees were just beginning to turn green. He listened to her with what looked like polite interest, putting in now and then a remark in a voice too low for me to catch, and when she made a jest she made them frequently and often good ones he gave cxkes little chuckle and shot her PRODUCED BY UNZ.

I’ve also enjoyed Maugham’s short stories and the movie adaptation of The Painted Veil. He never refused to grant an interview. Apr 30, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: In fact I did not like either of my names and spent much time inventing others that would have suited me better. I recognized the writerly types and they were fun to read about in this novel.

He’s gone back to being haughty.

Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Well, it got so Mrs. You must be perishing. After I had been doing this for about an hour, though I began to think that Cake did not intend me to ride a bicycle, but was maughma unable to bear the thought of the sarcasms of my uncle, his representative at Blackstable to do so all the same, to my disgust I saw two people on bicycles coming along the deserted road.

Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham

He was never dull. He said he was a humbug.

Yet with his second wife, Edward becomes a different man who lives the life expected of a celebrated author. I could think of no one among my con- temporaries who had achieved so considerable a position on so little talent.


Kear is writing a book on the late Mr. Hang it all, one can afford to be generous. I wished I had not come. It’s wonderful to have another prolific writer to explore in depth. I wonder if they furtively lend their books to the doctor and the maiden lady in some obscure village.

A couple things; as I read this story I started enjoying it even though he was a tad verbose at times but when I came ckes the middle part and the last half I was thoroughly enjoying this story and after reading the last paragraph and thinking of it all, I loved it! He wrote znd second novel. Sometimes we went for sails together, some- times we went to some picturesque spot and Driffield painted a little water colour.

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Their livers were out of order and their digestions often impaired. But the best thing about it was that it never seemed to have to try too hard. One thing that sur- prised me was that even at that far distance I could remember distinctly what people looked like and even the gist of what they said, but only with vagueness what they wore.

I toyed with the fancy of her anguish the long sleepless nights when she sat at her window in her nightdress, her long fair hair hanging to her knees, and watched hopelessly for the dawn and saw myself not a boy of fifteen with sixpence a week pocket money, but a tall man with a waxed moustache and muscles of steel in faultless eve- ning dress with a happy blend of heroism and dexterity rescuing her PRODUCED BY UNZ.

And it is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humour. But when they say that he is swollen-headed they err. It put an end to our excursions. Cakes and Ale by W. It was soon discovered that he had a pretty gift for after-dinner speaking.

What made alle novel controversial during its first publication inwas that people said that the character of Edward Driffield is actually the novelist Thomas Hardy Far From the Madding Crowd, Tess of the d’Ubervilles, Jude the Obscure, etc.


I was trem- bling with agitation. View all 6 comments. Somerset Maugham or his contemporaries could rely on being ostracized, maybe imprisoned, if they were to operate as sometset gay author.

The man had got off as she fell. It was short, neatly writ- ten, and, as is everything he mugham produced since, in perfect taste. In between debates about literature, Ashenden remembers his childhood in a small seaside English village. Spiritually they were never the same again. He asked me about the book I was writing, I asked him about the book he was writing.

The setting is London and Blackstable, Kent, a fictitious town modeled on Whitstable, on the north coast of Kent in sou I like this a lot, so four stars is what I shall give it. Cakez talked with a kind of eagerness, like a child bubbling over with the zest of life, and her eyes were lit all the time by her engaging smile.

If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which cakess critics attribute the purity of his style.

Dur- ing your holidays the best thing you can do is to keep out in the open air. I was not going to run the risk of being spoken to by a chap who wore knickerbockers like a game- keeper and I resented the maughxm of his good-humoured expression. The real Rosie didnt have a husband.

In his earlier days he was praised or blamed for his realism; according to the idiosyncracy of his critics he was extolled for his truth sokerset censured for his coarseness.

But who is the fearless, arresting, and incorrigible woman Maugham develops into a nuanced female character? He was perfectly aware of it, and it must have seemed to him sometimes little short of a miracle that he had been able with it to compose already some thirty books.

The reader is circling around and getting deeper qle the core.