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For Christmas, Charley Mason's father granted him a trip to Paris, all expenses paid. It should have been a lark, but on his first night Charley meets a woman whose story will forever change his life.

For Lydia has seen tragedy. The Russian Revolution displaced her family, left her homeless, fatherless. And for reasons that elude Charley, Lydia pines for a man half a world away—a dope dealer and murderer whose sins Lydia seeks to absolve ...
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For Christmas, Charley Mason's father granted him a trip to Paris, all expenses paid. It should have been a lark, but on his first night Charley meets a woman whose story will forever change his life.

For Lydia has seen tragedy. The Russian Revolution displaced her family, left her homeless, fatherless. And for reasons that elude Charley, Lydia pines for a man half a world away—a dope dealer and murderer whose sins Lydia seeks to absolve through her own self- destruction. Haunting, erotic, deeply effecting, Christmas Holiday explores two souls capsized by compassion—and the confusion that engulfed a generation in the days between the Great Wars.
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Delany isn't the only author Vintage is keeping afloat. Published in 1939, 1937, and 1940, respectively, these novels follow Maugham's popular theme whereby people whose seemingly steady lives become completely and utterly altered. Note also that Up at the Villa was made into a feature film in 2000, which may draw additional readers. Maugham is always a quick and pleasant read. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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“The modern writer who has influenced me the most.” – George Orwell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099286851
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 5/30/2001
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He began to study medicine in London but quit to focus exclusively on writing. In 1926 he bought a house in Cap Ferrat, France, which was to become a meeting place for a number of writers, artists and politicians. He died in 1965.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2004

    Christmas Holiday not a Vacation

    This book is not haunting, erotic or deeply affecting. This novel is trying to tell you something, but lacks a tongue. It is a coming of age tale about a young man named Charley who goes gallavanting across Paris. Then his fascist friend Simon introduces him to a young whore named Lydia, she alters Charley's perception about life. Beyond this nothing else can be gained.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    Good story, nothing else

    This is a great read if that's all you are looking for. There are no deep meanings, or reflective insight to be found. Charley's 'realization' is left to the reader and that give it a modicum of mastery, but look elsewhere for intellectual stimulation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    Wonderful read, fascinating book

    Great book. Good characters. Expertly written. Strong narrative style, typical of Maugham's best work. From the gentle but scathing desciption of the protagonist's parents and Simon, to the portrait of inter-war Paris and the interactions between Charley and Lydia, this book is a good read that stays with you for years after you've read it. In a good way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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