The Merry-go-round: Book by W. Somerset Maugham

The Merry-go-round

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ISBN: 9780099288701    Publisher: Vintage Year of publishing: 2000     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 352        Language: English
Looking out upon the backstreets, the suburbs and the high society haunts of Edwardian London, the delightfully witty and independent spinster Miss Ley surveys a tangled web of lives; she sympathetically...Read more
Looking out upon the backstreets, the suburbs and the high society haunts of Edwardian London, the delightfully witty and independent spinster Miss Ley surveys a tangled web of lives; she sympathetically observes the struggle under the pressures of convention, and the complex interplay between love and reason. Through Miss Ley's eyes we witness the brief but happy marriage of a dying poet; a woman's adulterous passion for a young rascal, and finally, an honourable man's decision to take virtue to extremes.
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About the author: W. Somerset Maugham
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.... Read more
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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Review:
Maugham was one of the great masters of clever narrative and construction" -- Allan Massie Sunday Herald "A formidable talent, a formidable sum of talents" Spectator "It is very difficult for a...Read more
Maugham was one of the great masters of clever narrative and construction" -- Allan Massie Sunday Herald "A formidable talent, a formidable sum of talents" Spectator "It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham... He was always so entirely there" -- Gore Vidal
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