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His power of characterisation is extraordinary, and in Achludof, though perhaps
he has not drawn quite the character he intended, with his sensuality and
mysticism, his ineffectualness, his sentimentality, his muddle-headedness, his
One of the difficulties that confronts the novelist is how to describe the
appearance of his characters. The most natural way is of course the formal
catalogue, the height, the complexion, the shape of the face, the size of the nose
and the colour ...
We all know how greatly changed our lives would have been if we had not by
what seems mere chance met such and such a person or if we had not been at a
particular moment at a particular place; and so our character, and so our soul, ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JBreedlove - LibraryThing
A compilation of notes kept over his lifetime and published just before Maugham's death. Though there were some pearls of wisdom and insightful comments on writing it was his commentary on daily life ... Read full review