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 man

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375724619
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1 VINTAGE
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,372,189
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

W. Somerset Maugham was one of the twentieth century's most popular novelists as well as a celebrated playwright, critic, and short story writer. He was born in Paris but grew up in England and served as a secret agent for the British during World War I. He wrote many novels, including the classics Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge, Cakes and Ale, Christmas Holiday, The Moon and Sixpence, Theatre, and Up at the Villa.

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Christmas Holiday 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.