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... with his angry contempt everything he doesn't understand, and the possibility
never occurs to him that if he doesn't the fault may lie in himself. He was odious,
incapable of a generous gesture, and almost incapable of a generous emo* tion.
tion. But for all that the Journal is wonderfully good reading. It is extremely
amusing. It is witty and subtle and often wise. It is a notebook kept for the
purposes of his calling by a professional writer who passionately sought truth,
purity of style ...
tion and put them into appropriate pigeonholes, and when he had enough on a
certain subject, fit them together and write an essay. If this is true, it may account
for the rather cramped feeling one has when one reads him. This may be why his
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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