Up at the Villa

Up at the Villa

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by W. Somerset Maugham
     
 

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In Up at the Villa, W. Somerset Maugham portrays a wealthy young English woman who finds herself confronted rather brutally by the repercussions of whimsy.

On the day her older and prosperous friend asks her to marry him, Mary Leonard demurs and decides to postpone her reply a few days. But driving into the hills above Florence alone that evening, Mary…  See more details below

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In Up at the Villa, W. Somerset Maugham portrays a wealthy young English woman who finds herself confronted rather brutally by the repercussions of whimsy.

On the day her older and prosperous friend asks her to marry him, Mary Leonard demurs and decides to postpone her reply a few days. But driving into the hills above Florence alone that evening, Mary offers a ride to a handsome stranger. And suddenly, her life is utterly, irrevocably altered.

For this stranger is a refugee of war, and he harbors more than one form of passion. Before morning, Mary will witness bloodshed, she will be forced to seek advice and assistance from an unsavory man, and she will have to face the truth about her own yearnings. Erotic, haunting, and maddeningly suspenseful, Up at the Villa is a masterful tale of temptation and the capricious nature of fate.

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
A classic novel from a twentieth-century master whose "excessively rare gift of story-telling...is almost the equal of imagination itself."  —The Sunday Times (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140026702
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1978
Series:
Works of W. Somerset Maugham Ser.
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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[Maugham is] a great artist…a genius.

Meet the Author

W. Somerset Maugham lived in France and England.  He died in 1965.

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