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I cannot understand why a biographer, having undertaken to give the world
details of a famous man's life, should hesitate, as so often happens, to give
details of his death also. It is the man's character which is the chief interest, his
strength and ...
I feel nothing of the tragedy of that event, nothing of death's horror nor of the
survivors' pain, but rather the warm breath of life and the passionate beauty of
Italy. Even in that moment of death and horror the glory of life overwhelms
the defiant gesture of Paddy Finucane when, plunging to his death, he
transmitted the message to the airmen in his squadron: “This is it, chaps.” I find it
in the cool determination of Captain Oates when he went out to his death in the
arctic night ...
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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