Plăcerile vieţii

Pl cerile vie ii Placerile vietii un roman scris cu farmecul intelegerea si umorul caracteristice lui Maugham este o satira la adresa lumii literare a parvenitismului si a imposturii intelectuale valabila oricind

  • Title: Plăcerile vieţii
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham Andrei Bantaș
  • ISBN: 9789734654758
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Placerile vietii, un roman scris cu farmecul, intelegerea si umorul caracteristice lui Maugham, este o satira la adresa lumii literare, a parvenitismului si a imposturii intelectuale, valabila oricind si in orice spatiu cultural Dar autorul nu trage concluzii de ordin moral, nu acuza pe nimeni Povestea captivanta a ascensiunii unui scriitor provenit dintr o clasa socialaPlacerile vietii, un roman scris cu farmecul, intelegerea si umorul caracteristice lui Maugham, este o satira la adresa lumii literare, a parvenitismului si a imposturii intelectuale, valabila oricind si in orice spatiu cultural Dar autorul nu trage concluzii de ordin moral, nu acuza pe nimeni Povestea captivanta a ascensiunii unui scriitor provenit dintr o clasa sociala inferioara si casatorit cu o femeie incintatoare este mai degraba un prilej de meditatie asupra desertaciunii si falsitatii, insa in tonalitatile blind cinice cu care Maugham si a cucerit publicul.

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    1. Somerset Maugham's Cakes and Ale (“Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?”--Twelfth Night) takes for its theme the doubleness of human character, ranging from the calculated hypocrisy of the “virtuous” (exemplified by literary opportunist and would-be biographer Alroy Kear) to the animal weaknesses of the goodhearted yet unreformable (Rosie, former barmaid and first wife of distinguished novelist Edward Driffield) and finally—and perhaps most in [...]

    2. Why oh why have I not read anything by Maugham before? Not having done so is my loss, and one which I must continue to remedy without delay. I decided to read one of Maugham's novels because I knew from Gordon Bowker's biography of George Orwell that Orwell was a great admirer of his writing. This particular novel suggested itself because of its subject (a satire on literary London in the early 20th century) and because it's apparently the novel for which Maugham himself most wanted to be rememb [...]

    3. She had the serenity of a summer evening when the light fades slowly from the unclouded sky.There is something luscious about Maugham's beguiling sentences and vocabulary that had me underlining sentences, journaling through the margins, and circling words. For a Maugham book to overcome the depth and meaning of my favorite ( Of Human Bondage ), will be similar to finding a Cather read that surpasses the intentions within My Ántonia. Still, I tread through a few of his works because one never k [...]

    4. This book was a pure delight. Maugham is such an interesting writer and although he did not think himself a great writer, I believe he does have his moments of greatness. I lovedOf Human Bondage and this one again uses material from his own life yet again – particularly stuff to do with his childhood spent with his vicar uncle and his aunt in the country. The book starts off with a bit of a pattern to it. The book is written in first person singular – we will talk a bit more about that later [...]

    5. This particular book was adopted as a common read in one of my groups, which is how I came to read it (previously, I'd actually never heard of it). My previous exposure to Maugham's work was only through a couple of his short stories. As an introduction to his long fiction, this novella was perhaps not as successful as might have been wished; I didn't rate it as highly as a couple of my friends in the group did.The description for the book is reasonably accurate, though would-be biographer Ke [...]

    6. I like this a lot, so four stars is what I shall give it. There is not one measly thing I feel I need to grumble about!I have narrowed down what I like about the book to three things. These are summarized in the three following paragraphs.Humor: the book is a satire criticizing the social snobbery of the literary world and high society in London at the turn of the 20th century. The setting is London and Blackstable, Kent, a fictitious town modeled on Whitstable, on the north coast of Kent in sou [...]

    7. At MOMs Villa Mauresque, 1949, he was ordering diaries, letters, personal papers grilled. Someday there'd be bios, he knew, and he wanted control, if possible, of the content. 20 years earlier he pondered his literary status and the problems of bio writing in this semi-satire, which tweaks the idea of A Literary Reputation. Hadnt Dickens, James, Samuel Johnson and Hardy burnt papers that might stain their Fame? Who has it, who doesn't and how some play the promotion game -- literary teas, salons [...]

    8. Description: Cakes and Ale is a satire of London literary society between the Wars. Social climber Alroy Kear is flattered when he is selected by Edward Driffield's wife to pen the official biography of her lionized novelist husband, and determined to write a bestseller. But then Kear discovers the great novelist's voluptuous muse (and unlikely first wife), Rosie. The lively, loving heroine once gave Driffield enough material to last a lifetime, but now her memory casts an embarrissing shadow ov [...]

    9. I was given this book by a girl I dated a couple of times last year. On our second meeting she brought it along and dropped it into my lap with a casual “I think you’ll like this”. It was a bit of a surprise, as I don’t recall us having any particularly literary conversation the first time we met – and I’m certain that we never discussed Somerset Maugham. Nothing lasting developed between myself and this young lady, but I am thinking of getting in touch with her again to thank her on [...]

    10. "The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes; he makes the best of us look like a piece of cheese." (W. Somerset Maugham)Maugham's novel initially seems to focus on the literary world of England. The main character, Ashenden, is connected through space and time with the social world of an ascending author. At first I thought the novel only was a vehicle used by Maugham to criticize the literary world, i.e. the path to fame, who knows who, etc, but I was pleasantly surprised as t [...]

    11. Random reading. I wanted to read Maugham and I chose this one for no particular reason. I was almost tempted to put the book back on the shelf because of the uninspired Romanian translation - Life's pleasures - which sounds totally cheap, but I congratulate myself for checking the English title; at least it sounds interesting :)I like a good satire every now and then. And this one was absolutely delicious. English society, mannerism, a writer's life, all these covered in witty, sharp and ironica [...]

    12. This novel was one of the very first I read from the adult section of the lending library, when I was finally allowed to ascend the stairs to what I perceived as, ‘the real books,’ and leave the children’s section behind. W. Somerset Maugham has always remained one of my favourite authors and re-reading this was a delight. It features a returning character; the narrator being William ‘Willie’ Ashenden. Much of this novel is autobiographical and, indeed, Maugham himself always said it w [...]

    13. I love books about sluts. And Rosie Driffield was a big ol' slut. Everyone who knows Rosie loves her. Everyone that doesn't know her hates her. She's a former barmaid and very much known for her promiscuity. Rosie slept with nearly every man that she met if she took the slightest liking to him, and she didn't feel even remotely bad about it. When Willie Ashenden was a boy, Rosie and her husband Edward befriended him. Many years later, he is asked to give his own personal recollections of Mr. Dri [...]

    14. 'Cakes and Ale' is a multi-layered novel that was apparently Maugham’s favourite, and understandably so. It’s a delight from start to finish. It’s a satire about the then contemporary literary trends but also, in a counter narrative, a study of personal freedom. Both narratives converge upon a recently deceased writer called Edward Driffield, however it is Driffield’s first wife, the guileless Rosie, who is the star of the show. Rosie scandalises her snobbish neighbours who live and brea [...]

    15. You may read online here.Opening lines:I have noticed that when someone asks for you on the telephone and, finding you out, leaves a message begging you to call him up the moment you come in, and it's important, the matter is more often important to him than to you.5* The Razor's Edge5* Of Human Bondage4* The Painted Veil4* The Narrow Corner4* The Moon And Sixpence3* Liza of Lambeth3* Ashenden3* The Magician3* On A Chinese Screen2* The Circle - A Comedy in Three Acts4* For Services Rendered and [...]

    16. The more I read Maugham, the more fascinated I am. In this book, he satirizes the "literary life." The book is funny and wicked. The novelist's wife is a great character, as are so many of the other ones. I recognized the writerly types and they were fun to read about in this novel. Plus, Maugham's storytelling ability is so natural that you want to follow him no matter what he does or where he goes. He's a pied piper.

    17. This book was a pure delight to read. I loved how the inflections of class, dry wit, and observations encompassed the plot. This caused me to slow my reading, enjoy the story, and savor Maugham's words. For example: "Beauty is that which satisfies the aesthetic instinct. But who wants to be satisfied? It is only to the dullard that enough is as good as a feast. Let us face it: beauty is a bit of a bore." Or "Beauty is perfect, and perfection (such is human nature) holds our attention but for a l [...]

    18. Maugham is the perfect summer holiday read. As the back of my '63 edition declares, most accurately, "Of all Somerset Maugham's novels Cakes and Ale is the gayest."Light, rude, witty and snobbish; I put it right up there with his collections of short stories.Here's my favorite passage:"The wise always use a number of ready-made phrases (at the moment I write 'nobody's business' is the most common), popular adjectives (like 'divine' or 'shy-making'), verbs that you only know the meaning of if you [...]

    19. Found a beautiful copy in a second hand bookshop and felt like I had uncovered treasure. I love the way Maugham slowly weaves his story together and the biting satire. He is a word wizard. The reader cannot skim a single page-ever.A fabulous book about writers and publishing, and although it was written over seventy years ago, it is so relevant today.

    20. I really couldn't get into this book, so disappointed. I've still got several W. Somerset Maugham novels on my bookshelf so hopefully the next one will be better!

    21. William Ashenden, the narrator of the story, is contacted by an old acquaintance Alroy Kear. out of the blue. Ashenden known Roy well enough to know that Roy must want something. Roy is a successful author while Ashenden's own books have largely been overlooked by the critics and forgotten by the public, but that's all right with him. He never desired fame, unlike the bestselling Roy. When Ashenden finally discovers what it is Roy wants, he finds he has a dilemma. Roy Kear has been asked by the [...]

    22. Nella quarta di copertina di un Maugham letto qualche tempo fa c'era la splendida immagine di come la macchina narrativa di questo autore fosse assimilabile agli ingranaggi di un orologio, uno di quelli tanto piccoli che solamente con grandissima precisione possono essere assemblati e continuare a funzionare nel tempo. Maugham è un orologiaio, e questo "Il fantasma nell'armadio" (o "Lo scheletro nell'armadio", a seconda della traduzione) ne è un ottimo esempio: se le sue storie sono, ad un pri [...]

    23. The last sentence on the back of the Penguin Classic jacket cover of this book reads, "A controversial novel when it was published, Cakes and Ale brings us a heroine so sensual and modern that she's still able to raise an eyebrow today." Unfortunately, the reader doesn't get to the sensual, controversial part of the novel until over 200 pages into it. The rest of the book is about a writer writing in England. It is well done but I would only recommend it to those, like myself, who are Anglophile [...]

    24. I have read lots of books I've loved, but few have had the influence "The Razor's Edge" has had on me. W. Somerset Maugham really struck me and I've returned to Larry Darrell a half dozen times - like an old friend. I've also enjoyed Maugham's short stories and the movie adaptation of The Painted Veil. So, his work is always on my list of books to read. I picked up "Of Human Bondage" and "Cakes and Ale". "Cakes and Ale" being a shorter book, I thought I'd knock it out before beginning the larger [...]

    25. A 3.5 star novel.One thing I thought while reading this fantastic novel, I had my own respect and admiration to W. Somerset Maugham’s command of words. I mean not all authors could write English sentences delightfully readable like him. Again, loosely based on his life, this book has explored and traced “the fortunes of Edward Driffield and his extraordinary wife Rosie, one of the most delightful heroines of twentieth-century literature” (back cover). Interestingly, from those stories, nov [...]

    26. Cakes and Ale: or, the Skeleton in the Cupboard is a light but fascinating read. The story is about Rosie Driffield, the sexually-liberated first wife of the British author, Edward Driffield. What made this novel controversial during its first publication in 1930, was that people said that the character of Edward Driffield is actually the novelist Thomas Hardy (Far From the Madding Crowd, Tess of the d'Ubervilles, Jude the Obscure, etc). So what? Answer: Rosie Driffield had an affair with the na [...]

    27. This was a scandalous book in its day, not because of the plot - which is sexy as hell - but because Maugham based one character on the revered English writer Thomas Hardy, and another character on one of his best friends Hugh Walpole - and both portrayals were really lethal and catty. This is a book where there are essentially two plots woven together in time and space, connected by a narrator in the present who is remembering the past. Roy Kear, a respected, dull, but socially ambitious writer [...]

    28. This is a novel that starts out brilliantly and becomes less interesting as the narrative progresses. Purely as a reader, I found the douchebaggish Alroy Kear the most appealing character, and his rivalries with the narrator Ashenden more engaging than the storyline of the author Edward Driffield, so sparely sketched as to be almost a cipher (he is supposedly based on Thomas Hardy), or his voluptuous, spirited, low-class first wife Rosie. This is my first Maugham and his style is quite droll. I [...]

    29. Aš esu iš tų žmonių, kuriems visada labai svarbus knygoje pasakojamos istorijos tempas, Nelabai mėgstu lėtas knygas, dar mažiau mėgstu tokias, kuriose mažoka veiksmo. Tad net pats nesupratau, kaip čia taip paėmė ir taip greit persiskaitė, o negana to, ir patiko knyga, kurioje veiksmo, atrodo, išvis kaip ir nėra. Kažkas su kažkuo susitiko, pasikalbėjo, pasipasakojo prisiminimus, žaidimo pabaiga. Bet nieko nepadarysi, taip buvo. Realiai tai yra knyga apie nieką. Na ok, ne apie [...]

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