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This story was not at all what I was expecting and has the ring of truth about it.
Quite odd and most enjoyable.
This book was written just before the Second World War, and it has dated very badly.
The long discussions of extreme political views; the plight of Russian emigres in Paris;... Read more
Charley Mason is twenty three, and as a reward for work well done, his parents pay for him to take a short holiday in Paris. The family has visited Paris many times. Read morePublished on 17 July 2013 by S.M. Johnson
Vintage Maugham, but not his best hear.
Maugham is always interesting, but this not his best. Read more
Maugham never seems to fail as a master entertainer. Highly recommended for his wit, mastery of the English language and creativity.Published on 14 April 2013 by Affonso J. Santos
Not massively Christmassy - however I really enjoyed this book as it had touches of Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories about it - although Maugham's story is set in Paris; it... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2013 by N. P. Ashford
This was the first time in my life that I was disappointed by a Somerset Maugham book. While we can empathise with the character of the protaganist, Charley, it is impossible to... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2013 by K. Pilling
Much more to this book than I expected from the first few pages. Quite a bleak outcome but narrative skilfully developed through several story threads and an examination of class... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2012 by wordsmith