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  • Title: Points Of View
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham
  • ISBN: 9780099288909
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. W. Somerset Maugham

    William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874 He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician But writing was his true vocation For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays During World War I, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service He travelled all over the world, and made many visits to America After World War II, Maugham made his home in south of France and continued to move between England and Nice till his death in 1965.

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  1. Classified as a non fiction on its back cover, this book first published in 1958 entitled Points of View by W Somerset Maugham seemed unfamiliar to me However, I found reading his five topics that follow interestingly narrated and described with his penetrating remarkable viewpoints The Three Novels of a Poet, The Saint, Prose and Dr Tillotson, The Short Story, and Three Journalists.Condensed in five sentences, the synopsis is as follows The first deals with Goethe, the great German poet, who wi [...]


  2. A collection of five essays by W Somerset Maugham.1 The Three Novels of a Poet is about Goethe and his novels 2 The Saint about an Indian holy man 3 Prose and Dr Tillotson is about the writings of John Tillotson.4 The Short Story is about writers of short stories.5 Three Journalists is about three French journalists.I read this for the Gil Girls reading challenge Richard was reading it in season 4, episode 19.


  3. Maugham has a particularly readable style and the ability to make a giant like goethe seem silly and immature without seeming to be overly catty The reader feels he is a party to salon level gossip You have to admire such an ability Of course one wonders how Goethe ever got to be considered a giant of literature in the first place if his novels were so slight In all frankness I have no intention of reading Goethe myself so I ll take Maugham s criticism as it is offered It s amusing and for all I [...]


  4. Or five essays on obscure topics.The first, Three Novels of a Poet, is an overview, with synopses, of some of the works of Goethe I ve never read any Goethe, which isn t to say I won t, just haven t yet, so this didn t interest me.The second, The Saint, is a biography, clearly cadged from other sources and reworked in Maugham s style, of an Indian mystic Maugham encountered some 30 years before the Beatles made it fashionable This was my favorite.The third, Prose and Dr Tillotson, covers the wri [...]


  5. The essay on Goethe s colorfully maudlin love life is well worth a read, as well as Maugham s brief character studies of both Chekhov and Mansfield He is so concise and unpretentious that I usually take his opinions as gospel Although, not being familiar with any of the writers under scrutiny, made reading the short essay, Three Journalists an exercise in futility Apparently this is the last thing that Maugham ever wrote, however, I felt like The Summing Up is suitably poised to be his goodbye [...]


  6. Essay collections are always tricky, since the topics often come across as dated and obscure.These, the first book I ve read of Somerset Maugham, were a mixed bag I enjoyed Three Journalists and The Short Story, but the others didn t do much for me.


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