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Posted October 9, 2011
This was a good quick read, but $9.99 for 82 pages is rediculous!!!!!! And it's not even a lend-me book. The description of a book should include the length of it. Don't waste your hard earned money. Borrow it from the library. I feel ripped off!!
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Posted April 4, 2010
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Maugham is a master at building suspense, wonderfully executed in this Florentine thriller. Mary's future seems made, a life of comfort and ease awaits, if she will only consent to Edgar's proposal. Yet she delays her response for several days. An impulsive expression of her goodness sullies Mary's virtue, bringing her a brush with death, and a future instantly altered. Yet with the help of a friend, she is able to cover her tracks. Her secret is safe, yet she cannot bear to live a lie. How will her situation be resolved? With each twist, we see the inevitable consequence, yet are startled as Maugham changes direction with skill, diverting certain ruin to blessed salvation, only to find another pitfall which puts all of our previous assumptions into question. Plot following plot, each one in turn foiled, yet an unexpected solution to the insurmountable obstacles comes from a most unforeseeable conclusion. What a tale!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2003
This is a short introduction to the perfectly crafted writing of W. Somerset Maugham. Maugham uses language with such skill that, like so many experts in so many fields, he makes it look easy (although I wish he had made more frequent use of the comma, and there is the occasional now-outdated phrase). <P> Maugham tells a rather simple story with his usual sort of characters -- mostly upper-class, well-traveled, and British. But within this simple framework, Maugham creates beautiful prose. The dialogue is natural and interesting. The character development is surprisingly deep for such a short work. The description of the inner turmoil of some of the characters is particularly good -- probably Maugham's greatest strength is a keen understanding of human nature. <P> This work is too short to demonstrate Maugham's skills thoroughly and the simple story seems almost like a made-for-TV movie. (USA Films did turn it into a movie in 2000.) Early on, it seems like a romance novel but it's not your typical romance and is so short that it's definitely worth the read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2010
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