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... escapes blandness because it is so fiercely and unfailingly witty , and because
Maugham is on his true home ground , talking not about his personal past but
about the business of writing , which is the consuming interest of his present life .
I do not find the present unsatisfactory ; I merely take it for granted . It is
interwoven in the pattern and what interests me is what remains to come . I have
made a great many mistakes . I have at times fallen victim to a snare to which the
writer is ...
... and wanting to show his gratitude ( which of course he had no business to feel
, for my apparent kindness was rigidly determined ) he asked me what I would
like as a present , I answered without hesitation Herbert Spencer's First Principles
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wjburton - LibraryThing
One of my favourite bedside books of all time. I wore my first copy into pieces from overuse. I don't know of another book quite like it. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hellbent - LibraryThing
This is one of the best books I read for providing a philosophical view of life. It is a book I intend to read again. Read full review