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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Many are forced by the situation in which they were born and the necessity of
earning a living to keep to a straight and narrow road in which there is no
possibility of turning to the right or to the left . Upon these the pattern is imposed .
Life itself ...
After I had got out of the lower forms , the masters of which were frightening
bullies , I was contented enough , and I was miserable when an illness forced me
to spend a term in the South of France . My mother and her only sister had died of
... and that the chief business of man was to save his soul . I could not help
seeing that none of these clergymen practised what they preached . Fervent
though my faith was , I had been terribly bored by all the church - going that was
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