Liza of Lambeth

Liza of Lambeth

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by W. Somerset Maugham
     
 

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LIZA OF LAMBETH is Maugham's first novel, and such is its power that it remains as vital today as when first written. Liza is a warm-hearted young girl, stifled by life in a London tenement.

Liza has been bred to it and externally can cope. But the heart is the problem: it craves love and affection.

"A fine book...shows all the promise of the author's later

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LIZA OF LAMBETH is Maugham's first novel, and such is its power that it remains as vital today as when first written. Liza is a warm-hearted young girl, stifled by life in a London tenement.

Liza has been bred to it and externally can cope. But the heart is the problem: it craves love and affection.

"A fine book...shows all the promise of the author's later stories." (Editorial Reviews)

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"The modern writer who has influenced me the most." - George Orwell

"One of my favourite writers." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"A writer of great dedication." - Graham Greene

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607785576
Publisher:
MobileReference
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Mobi Classics
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
119 KB

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George Orwell
I believe the modern writer who influenced me most is Somerset Maugham, whom I admire more intensely for his power of telling a story straightforwardly and without frills.

Meet the Author

Somerset Maugham was a British fiction writer, essayist and playwright known for works like Of Human Bondage and The Razor's Edge. Somerset Maugham studied medicine for a time before turning to writing, eventually releasing well-known works like Of Human Bondage, Cakes and Ale and The Razor's Edge. A successful London playwright as well as an essayist and short-story writer, Maugham also faced critiques for his cynicism and harsh portrayals. The Times obituarist called Maugham "the most assured English writer of all time".

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The story plot is nothing extraordinary, nor are the characaters unique, but what sets this short novel apart from the rest is the vivid picture that Maugham creates of the lower section of the London society. The story flows freely with a lucid style of writing, arresting the reader's attention from the first pages to the last, and touches a chord in the reader's heart somewhere deep, all along the way. Definitely a work of class, more so, it was Maugham's first novel. The old adage 'morning shows the day' aptly describes what the writer achieves in this work and the masterpieces that follow (Of Human Bondage, The Moon and the Sixpence, The Razor's Edge, etc.).