Christmas Holiday

Christmas Holiday

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by W. Somerset Maugham
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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Library Journal
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 sheer unmatched skill with which Mr. Maugham [tells] his tale[s] would fill any novelist with envy." —Chicago Tribune

"Brilliant." —The New York Times

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099286851
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
05/30/2001
Edition description:
New
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.62(d)

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