The Summing Up
This book represents Maugham's life and philosophy in his own words. It is autobiographical in nature, though most of the work is concerned with Maugham's unique and fascinating opinions on the theatre, writing, metaphysics and the interesting people he encountered in his long and successful career.
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and if you have no philosophical training its implications will doubtless escape
you; but no one with any education at all can fail to understand exactly what the
meaning of each sentence is. Few people have written English with more grace ...
not bother about the meaning. But words are tyran. nical things, they exist for their
meanings, and if you will not pay attention to these, you cannot pay attention at
all. Your mind wanders. This kind of writing demands a subject that will suit it.
But the only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you; it may have
other and much more profound meanings for the critic, but at second hand they
can be of small service to you. I do not read a book for the book's sake, but for my
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