16 May Basically, the story argues that our circumstances will shape our personalities, decisions, and resolve. “The Lotus Eater” tells the story of a London bank. The Lotus Eater has ratings and 19 reviews. Gino said: I think you have all read the wrong book, it has nothing to do with Vietnam!It is set in Like many of Maugham’s other short stories, “The Lotus Eater” is a study of an It is noteworthy that Somerset Maugham took a big interest in money matters.

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The Lotus Eater is a short story written by Somerset Maugham in But when they are old enough to retire they may be too old to do much of anything but sit and read the newspaper or watch television. He was taken to hospital for treatment. He had grey hair and his face was burnt brown by the sun. While the second half of the story goes on to tell what happened to Thomas Wilson when his money ran out.

From what I saw of him then and from what I heard from either people I made for myself what I think must have been a fairly accurate picture of the life he had led for the last Fifteen years.

I wanted to live the perfect life while I still had the energy and the spirit to make the most of it. He had told me he had been on the island for fifteen years. And this impression was confirmed when at last I made his acquaintance. Nov 27, Aamil Syed rated it liked it Shelves: He managed to hang on after this fashion for something over a year. He was amiable and polite. From where he lay he had been able to see those two great rocks called the Faraglioni which stand out of the sea.


I was thirty-four at that time. His landlord gave him notice to leave the house unless he paid up the arrears of rent before a certain date. Sleep-Walking Scene in Macbeth: The Lotus Eater by W.

How to Buy a House by Durrell: He was certainly a man who knew his own mind. The narrator soon leaves Capri, and, what with the intervening world war and other events, nearly forgets his acquaintance with Wilson until thirteen years later, when he revisits his friend on Capri. They are like train-cars travelling forever on the selfsame rails. Wilson does not directly answer the question, but he implies that if nature does not carry him off by the age of sixty, he will be content to dispatch himself, having lived a life of his own choosing in the meantime.

The author cynically comments that Wilson had breathed his last while feasting his eyes on a breath-taking sight in the moonlight. He lived thriftily, but with sufficient comfort. I imagine he had never been a man whom sex had greatly troubled, and if in his younger days he had had now and then a passing affair with a visitor to the island whose head was turned by the atmosphere, his emotion, while it lasted, remained, I am pretty sure, well under his control.

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There, he is introduced to the character of Thomas Wilson, who came to the island for a holiday 16 years ago. He thw a long drink and after a sigh of pleasure went on.

I would like to know the plot of the short story entitled “The Lotus Eater.”

His effects were sold, but for too little to pay what he owed. He seemed to have little imagination and to be of no more than average intelligence. He was standing up, a pipe in his mouth, and he wore nothing but a pair or trunks. In spite of all the trouble that Wilson takes to make sure that his life turns out the way he wants it to be, he has no control over his fate and destiny.

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He had twenty-five years of happiness and freedom from drudgery. And one day the men of Crotona came over and wiped Sybaris out, and then after a while a lot of other fellows came over from somewhere else and wiped Crotona out. William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in Literary Techniques — Some examples.

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Jul 28, Jyotsna Rattan rated it liked it. Want to Read saving…. He put it off from day to day. Mikarla Teague rated it really liked it Jul 01, He had gambled on being dead or ready to die when his annuity ran out, but ironically the soft, pleasurable life on Capri probably kept him alive longer than if he had spent twenty-five years working at a desk in cold, smoggy London.

We sat in a little garden under a great vine laden with grapes. The narrator has the security of bh while at the end Wilson had no security whatsoever. Very few people know where to look for happiness; fewer still find it.

It forced me to look at my own obsessive behaviors and how I engage in them even though they don’t serve me.

He liked people, but with an aloofness that prevented intimacy. The narrator had told Wilson shortly after meeting him that his own choice would have been the safe one: He had to pay for his twenty-five years of pleasure with six years of misery living in a maugha before he finally died.

Wilson then had shut himself in his cottage and lit a charcoal fire to fill the room with carbon monoxide in an attempt to kill himself. I remarked on it. Aug 18, Mary Ann rated it really liked it.