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Knivens æg (1944)

af W. Somerset Maugham

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    Of Human Bondage af W. Somerset Maugham (anabela_aguiar)
    anabela_aguiar: Um dos melhores livros sobre a chegada da idade adulta e todos os factores que influenciam a nossa actuação nesta sociedade.
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    Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius af Ray Monk (JuliaMaria)
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    The Fires of Autumn af Irène Némirovsky (librorumamans)
    librorumamans: Both Némirovsky and Maugham look at the effects of World War I on individuals and on social values. Both are fine novels.
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    On a Chinese Screen af W. Somerset Maugham (John_Vaughan)
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    The Collected Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham, Vol. 2 af W. Somerset Maugham (John_Vaughan)
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    Sol og måne af Hermann Hesse (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: A young man on a journey, both literally and spiritually. Philosophical.
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found this book to be an improvement on the other one by Maugham I've just reviewed, Of Human Bondage.

What I disliked about the book were the characters, the upper class society to which they belonged, and the apparently meaningless lives they led.

It was only when looking through the book for purposes of review that I saw that the author had based the book on real people, and it was only towards the end that I realized that the I character in the book, though I knew he was a writer, was in fact Somerset Maugham himself (this was because I hadn’t been reading the book carefully enough.)

I don’t know whether Maugham used the real names of the characters or not, hopefully not.

One of the main character is Elliott, who “took no interest in people apart from their social position”.

He is generous, helpful and obliging, but his sole interest is holding and being invited to, parties/social gatherings. People call him “a filthy snob”.

There is also Elliott’s sister and her daughter Isabel, soon to be married to Gray. Isabel is young and good-looking but seems to me to be superficial. And there is Larry, once engaged to the latter; he is an appealing but unppredictable man. He’s always doing a disappearing act, and never tells anyone where he’s living. He says his main intention is to "loaf”.

As far as I can see, they all live in Paris.

Many of the characters are described as having red faces and being overweight. I keep thinking that they must have unhealthy life-styles with all their partying and so on.

Gray in particular is a large, overweight man. He has migraines but at one point is miraculously healed of them by Larry.

Elliott does seem to redeem himself towards the end of the book by gaining insight into the error of his ways.

I found the latter part of the book much more interesting than the first part, which had mostly to do with the revelations about Larry’s visit to India and his ensuing spiritual development.

I actually found the book quite readable despite my initial prejudice regarding Maugham’s writing and the superficiality of the society he frequents and portrays. ( )
  IonaS | May 26, 2021 |
This book was mandatory reading when I was in high school and it went right over my head then so I felt another read would be good. Now, having a good understanding of the spiritual concepts touched on in this story, I identified with Larry easily.
But, as much I like S. Maugham‘s powers of observation and dry wit, I was disappointed by this book. And by the ending. It felt shallow and flat somehow. I was expecting a stronger ending - something that would generate an emotional response. All I felt when I finished this book was that I wasted my time reading about people most of whom I didn’t like or care about. ( )
  wordbyword | Apr 14, 2021 |
Sordid and inconsequential. This book struggles to keep the reader from indifference, due to large sections of it being irrelevant and mired in stereotypes. ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
An intriguing tale about the disillusionments of a group of intimate acquaintances who really do not know each other at all. Maugham inserts himself as a sort of character/narrator of the story, and we find out about the protagonist, Larry, through him. The love story reminds me a bit of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Marriage Plot, and I wonder if there is some connection there. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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