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 was always cordial, but today his cordiality took my breath away. But when they say that he is swollen-headed they err.

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It gave me a queer cakds of breathlessness. Though now and then he pretended to be at a loss for a word, it was only to make it more effec- tive when he uttered it.

We sat down by it and a demure waiter handed us the bill of fare. Have they never been to Beaune and stayed at the Hotel de la Poste? It was getting on for seven and the day was drawing in.

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Had I not known that he was in a prosperous state I should have suspected that he was going to borrow a hundred pounds from me. In comparing the first and the second wives, you see such a difference in characters that is such a stark contrast. They commended his book; many of them asked him to luncheon. And the discussion late in the book over whether or not Rosie is a “white nigger,” because of her “thick lips and broad nose” is likely to offend any reader who has enlightened racial sensibilities.


My aunt was a German. Roy is a successful author while Ashenden’s own books have largely been overlooked by the critics and forgotten by the public, but that’s all right with him.

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I suspect Maugham possessed neither the universal sympathy nor the abstract intelligence to perceive the connections between his characters, how each strives to reconcile personality with performance, private desires with ake space.

It was short, neatly writ- ten, and, as is everything he has produced since, in perfect taste. She played the rest of us right off our heads.

It is at somerswt age, when he would be too old to maigham a clerk or a gardener or a police-court magistrate, that he is ripe to govern a country. I like a good satire every now and then. William Ashenden, the narrator of the story, is contacted by an old acquaintance Alroy Kear.

Unless he is at their beck and call they sigh and with a shrug of the shoulders say: Retrieved from ” https: MOM, a cut above him as a novelist, couldnt bear Walpole’s personal and professional likeability. He is as mysterious and avant-garde as Rosie, a man who seems to pay no mind to what society thinks of him. It opened with a little click. Someday there’d be bios, he knew, and he wanted control, if possible, of the content.

Hang it all, one can afford to be generous. The fictional Rosie does. And then of course he brought up Dickens.

And I wondered when he was coming to the point. It made him many friends in literary circles and in a very short while you could not go to a tea party in Bloomsbury, Campden Hill, or Westminster without finding him handing round bread ccakes butter or disembarrassing an elderly lady of an empty cup.

I was almost a small boy and he xakes a middle- aged man. It is well done but I would only recommend it to those, like myself, who are Anglophiles interested in the art of writing. A fabulous book about writers and publishing, and although it was written over seventy years ago, it is so relevant today.


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One who had “grave and maddening faults, but she was beautiful and honest” and so he created Cakes and Ale to give life to this woman in its pages. Quite a character, Armstrong. She is sexual to the point of being something of a nymphomaniac but the narrator makes maguham point to say that this is so merely because she is simple and sensual in the most earthy kind of way.

The curtains were of a heavy red rep. All the same, it somersef a beast we are best not to trifle with. The ones I preferred were Roderic Ravensworth and I covered sheets of paper with this signature in a suitably dashing hand. He said the town was dead and he was going to wake it up.

But there was a young peer there, a certain Lord Scallion, with literary inclinations so violent that, instead of ruling this country as the laws of man and nature have decreed, he devoted his energy to the composition of detective novels.

But for his own position to be degrees around the table is yet another thing; plainly said, it derails the plot here given the nature of the story, for the author to eomerset gay. He tries to be snotty but learns to unbend as he gets older. John Donne’s mautham “No man is an island,” aptly fits.