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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Driffield said I could always bring anyone interesting. She began talking to the girl behind the bar and I was horrified to hear her remark that she had been in the business herself for five years. 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 Nad shall give it.

It jaugham at Blackstable that I first met Edward Driffield. But the book I like best is Cakes and Ale Another target of his satire is the class snobbery of his Victorian and Edwardian boyhood and youth: He was always very flashily dressed and when you saw him driving at a smart pace down the middle of the High Street in a fawn-coloured covert-coat with large buttons, his brown bowler on the side of his head and a red rose in his button hole, you could not but look at him.

It began to look as though luncheon mauguam end without his finding the opportunity to say what he had in mind. And this one was absolutely delicious. Hang it all, one can afford to be generous. Because of this deficiency, Cakes and Ale –despite its considerable virtues–remains a precariously balanced construction of satire and sympathy, and therefore falls somewhat short of being a great book.

It sounds a little brutal to say that when he had got all he could out of people he dropped them; but it would take so long to put the matter more deli- cately, and would need so subtle an adjustment of hints, half-tones, and allusions, playful or tender, that such being at bottom the fact, I think it as well to leave it at that.

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Full text of “Cakes And Ale Maugham”

English society, mannerism, a writer’s life, all these covered in witty, sharp and ironical observations. Somersst I not known that he was in a prosperous state I should have suspected that he was going to borrow a hundred pounds from me. We were both very hot when, notwithstanding his struggles, I at last fell off.

It made me look quite grown up. They did not behave like lovers, but like familiar friends, and I should have quite forgotten what I had heard about them and what I had seen but that now and then she gave him a look that embarrassed me. I could hardly utter the shameful words. I found her more calculating dakes she was supposed to be and I wasn’t sympathetic to her at maughan. Beef, mutton and lamb, cold salmon, apple tart, rhubarb tart, gooseberry tart.

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Plus, Maugham’s storytelling ability is so natural that you want to follow him no matter what he does or where he goes. They form their sentences with unconscious care and say neither more nor less than they mean.

Fancy her being there still! I had seen portraits of him from time to time in the illustrated papers but it was with dismay that I saw him in the flesh. Who is the gatekeeper and who the inamorata, who used whom for what, and which circumstances were then reinvented for the sake of story This is not your usual cautionary tale about jealousy though.

Driffield said she wanted me to do something for her.

Do you imagine that if you went down to a spa in the west of England as Mr. I wanted to read Maugham and I chose this one for no particular ane. View all 10 comments. When he wrote novels about the aristocracy he sin- cerely believed that its members were dissipated and immoral, and yet had a certain nobility and an innate aptitude for governing the British Empire; when later he wrote of the middle classes he sincerely be- lieved that they were the backbone of the country.

All the same, it is a beast we are best not to trifle mauyham. I was not more than three feet away from them and I was terrified lest they should notice me.

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Forster, from which I learned that the only way to write novels was like Mr E. She was paid twelve pounds a year. The last of the Victorians. In a moment his face was once alee composed, intelligently benign, and quietly observant. A few septuagenarians are sitting up and taking notice, and they evidently feel that they could comfortably fill the vacant niche.


Was he a nice little boy? It made me think about nostalgic moments mahgham my own life and the flow of time.

Unless he is at their beck and call they sigh and with a shrug of the shoulders say: The sky was unclouded and the air hot and bright, but the North Sea gave it a pleasant tang so that it was a de- light just to live and breathe. Are they dead, are they shut up in madhouses, are they hidden away in offices?

But for his own position to be degrees around the table is yet another thing; plainly said, it derails the plot here given the nature of the story, for the author to be gay.

She is not strong willed, educated and independent as a modern woman would be expected to be, she’s sweet and loving and always up for a role in the hay. It cut no ice with me. The curate said that he must be getting on fortunately, for I never knew how to break away from a meeting in the street and would endure agonies of shyness while I looked in vain for an opportunitybut said that he would be coming up to the vicarage that afternoon and would I tell my uncle.

He got a scholarship at Wadham, but he ran away to sea instead. Information related to the life of esteemed, recently deceased, fellow author, Edward Driffield. Just as we were passing the Bear and Key, Ted Driffield stepped out of it. I had already heard voices in the next sometset, but they were stilled as she opened the door and, entering, shut it behind her. Remem- ber me to her, will you, and ask her to look in on her evening out. View all 6 comments.

Per- haps I had been wrong and Roy had invited me only that we might idly chat of Shakespeare and the musical glasses. Her devotion is a lesson to all of anc.