Cakes and Ale has ratings and reviews. Bill said: Somerset Maugham’s Cakes and Ale (“Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be. Cakes and Ale is both a wickedly satirical novel about contemporary heroines of twentieth-century literature, Maugham’s sardonic wit and William Somerset Maugham was born in and lived in Paris until he was ten. Full text of “Cakes And Ale Maugham”. See other formats. CAKES AND ALE OR THE SKELETON IN THE CUPBOARD W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM PRODUCED.

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He is as mysterious and avant-garde as Rosie, a man who seems to pay no mind to what society thinks of him. Galloway came in to say how- do-you-do to my aunt and she asked him to stay to tea. His second novel was successful, but not so suc- cessful as to arouse the umbrageous susceptibilities of his competitors. The main character, Ashenden, is connected through space and time with the social world of an somfrset author.

Under her care he czkes from something quite bohemian and lower class to a proper gentleman. I resented it vastly when people called me Master Willie.

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And you have a holiday task, I presume? The cold rain scudded in sudden squalls and the sky, which in summer had enclosed the friendly country so snugly, now nad a great pall that pressed upon cakfs earth with sullen menace. After mature consideration I have come to the conclusion that the real reason for the universal applause that comforts the declining years of the author who exceeds the com- mon span of man cskes that intelligent people after the age of thirty read nothing at all.


I had been for some time filled with envy of the boys whom I saw riding into the school grounds on their bicycles, and it gave a pretty opportunity for showing off when you entered the gateway without holding on to the handles.

Are they dead, are they shut up in madhouses, are they hidden away in offices? The landlord joined us and Ted Driffield offered him a drink, and Mrs.

Very few villains in books failed to hold the threat of exposure of one of these crimes over some hapless female. She was gay maubham sprightly. I skipped a lot of the literary criticisms. The past I looked at seemed to have lost its reality and I saw it as though it were a scene in a play and I a spectator in the back row of a dark gallery. That people over thirty should be in love seemed to me rather dis- gusting.

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He travels with Kear to meet the second Mrs Driffield and engages in a conversations related to her deceased husband. I am embarrassed to admit that at about halfway I searched and read reviews of the book that explained that it was a send up of some of the authors and sojerset London scene of the early twentieth century.

Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham

It had a sort of sinister gaiety. Have they never been to Beaune and stayed at the Hotel de la Poste? It is well done but I would only recommend it to those, like myself, who are Anglophile The last sentence on the back of the Penguin Classic jacket cover of this book reads, “A controversial novel when it was published, Cakes and Ale brings us a heroine so sensual and modern that she’s still able to raise an eyebrow today.

I fancy that life is more amusing now than it was forty years ago and I have a notion that people are more amiable. It was getting on for seven and the day was drawing in. This may sound awfully modern and discordant, but it’s easy to follow and completely logical. Alroy Kear wished me to ring him up at once, I felt that I could safely ignore his request.


Besides, he told me to choose my own day, so it could hardly be that he wished me to meet anyone else. How was I to know that he was going to be acclaimed as the greatest novelist of our day? She was not stout, red-faced, and blousy as one expects a cook to be; lae was spare and very upright, neatly but somegset ionably dressed, a woman of middle age, with determined features; her lips were rouged and she wore an eyeglass.

Cakes and Ale

It became a journey through memory with all its different facets from happiness to sorrow. Dec 03, Chrissie rated it really liked it Shelves: He does not let you forget their rank, but shares with you his comfortable feeling that they are of the same flesh as you and 1. I listened with confusion when people talked in my presence of the Driffields, and when they spoke of them as my friends I said: In this book, he satirizes the “literary life.

How does a woman, a former barmaid, live a anx of unconventionality within a society that draws a clear line between ‘gentlemen’ and working men, a society that does not allow the vicar’s nephew to associate with a novelist?