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The Merry-Go-Round [Paperback]

W. Somerset Maugham
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Dec 8 2000 Vintage Classics
This trio of stories portrays a wide spectrum of life in the backstreets, suburbs and society of Edwardian London. Through the shrewd eyes of one of Maugham's most endearing characters, Miss Ley, a delightfully witty and independent spinster, the reader sees a chaotic vision of human love and reason.

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"Maugham was one of the great masters of clever narrative and construction" -- Allan Massie Sunday Herald "A formidable talent, a formidable sum of talents" Spectator "It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham... He was always so entirely there" -- Gore Vidal

About the Author

W. Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He began to study medicine in London but quit to focus exclusively on writing. In 1926 he bought a house in Cap Ferrat, France, which was to become a meeting place for a number of writers, artists and politicians. He died in 1965.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Maugham story July 26 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book again earns Mangham's default 5 star rating. While not as significant as "Razors Edge" or The Moon and Sixpence", it is far better then "Catalina" or "Up the Villa." In this period piece set in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century Maugham iterates and conceives story elements from "Cakes and Ale," "Sanitarium" and Lisa of Lambeth" in telling the story of an incestuous cabal of Bourgeoisie English; exposing their spiritual hypocrisy, internecine conflicts, and narrow minded classicism.
The numerous characters involved and developed is more reminiscent of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" or then the authors previous works with the exception of "Cakes and Ale." However Maugham never gets overly involved with the irrelevant details, rather as master of mood he sets each character up in the first half of the book for a harsh realization of reality in the second half of the book (ala the Merry Go Round). This book demonstrates plausibly the vicissitudes of life. Readers with concrete notions of the way things should be may find this book reflective and/or disturbing. The virtuous sin, the dogmatic get a reality check, and the mighty fall. Classic Maugham. This book is delightful in its revelation of the scope and ambit of frail human beliefs and values.
If you like Maugham books you will like the Merry-Go-Round. There is nothing new here for the Muagham reader as far as themes and characters but it is another wonderful read and another telling statement on the human condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Maugham story July 25 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book again earns Mangham's default 5 star rating. While not as significant as "Razors Edge" or The Moon and Sixpence", it is far better then "Catalina" or "Up the Villa." In this period piece set in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century Maugham borrow plots from "Cakes and Ale," "Sanitarium" and Lisa of Lambeth" in telling the story of an incestuous cabal of bourgeoisie English; exposing their spiritual hypocrisy, irrelavant internecine conflicts, and narrow minded classicism.
The numerous characters involved and developed is more reminiscent of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" or then the authors previous works with the exception of "Cakes and Ale." However Maugham never gets overly involved with the irrelevant details, rather as master of mood he sets each character up in the first half of the book for a harsh realization of reality in the second half of the book (ala the Merry Go Round). This book demonstrates plausibly the vicissitudes of life. Readers with concrete notions of the way things should be may be shook. The virtuous sin, the dogmatic get a reality check, and the mighty fall. Classic Maugham. This book is delightful in its revelation of the scope and ambit of frail human beliefs and values.
If you like Maugham books you will like the Merry-Go-Round. There is nothing new here for the Muagham reader as far as themes and characters but it is another wonderful read and another telling statement on the human condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Maugham story July 26 2000
By stephen_b_in_pdx - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book again earns Mangham's default 5 star rating. While not as significant as "Razors Edge" or The Moon and Sixpence", it is far better then "Catalina" or "Up the Villa." In this period piece set in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century Maugham iterates and conceives story elements from "Cakes and Ale," "Sanitarium" and Lisa of Lambeth" in telling the story of an incestuous cabal of Bourgeoisie English; exposing their spiritual hypocrisy, internecine conflicts, and narrow minded classicism.
The numerous characters involved and developed is more reminiscent of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" or then the authors previous works with the exception of "Cakes and Ale." However Maugham never gets overly involved with the irrelevant details, rather as master of mood he sets each character up in the first half of the book for a harsh realization of reality in the second half of the book (ala the Merry Go Round). This book demonstrates plausibly the vicissitudes of life. Readers with concrete notions of the way things should be may find this book reflective and/or disturbing. The virtuous sin, the dogmatic get a reality check, and the mighty fall. Classic Maugham. This book is delightful in its revelation of the scope and ambit of frail human beliefs and values.
If you like Maugham books you will like the Merry-Go-Round. There is nothing new here for the Muagham reader as far as themes and characters but it is another wonderful read and another telling statement on the human condition.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Maugham story July 25 2000
By stephen_b_in_pdx - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book again earns Mangham's default 5 star rating. While not as significant as "Razors Edge" or The Moon and Sixpence", it is far better then "Catalina" or "Up the Villa." In this period piece set in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century Maugham borrow plots from "Cakes and Ale," "Sanitarium" and Lisa of Lambeth" in telling the story of an incestuous cabal of bourgeoisie English; exposing their spiritual hypocrisy, irrelavant internecine conflicts, and narrow minded classicism.
The numerous characters involved and developed is more reminiscent of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" or then the authors previous works with the exception of "Cakes and Ale." However Maugham never gets overly involved with the irrelevant details, rather as master of mood he sets each character up in the first half of the book for a harsh realization of reality in the second half of the book (ala the Merry Go Round). This book demonstrates plausibly the vicissitudes of life. Readers with concrete notions of the way things should be may be shook. The virtuous sin, the dogmatic get a reality check, and the mighty fall. Classic Maugham. This book is delightful in its revelation of the scope and ambit of frail human beliefs and values.
If you like Maugham books you will like the Merry-Go-Round. There is nothing new here for the Muagham reader as far as themes and characters but it is another wonderful read and another telling statement on the human condition.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Order the 58 page version from Nabu Press (June 25, 2010) Feb. 2 2013
By RobC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The description states: "This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc." However, after receiving the book I found that entire chapters were missing. In fact, most of the book is missing.

I bought this book because the Kindle edition of "The Merry Go Round" has too many errant marks, probably due to errors during the conversion to text using OCR (Optical Character Recognition); and the Google edition is a slightly blurry scanned copy that was never converted to text via OCR.

At 58 pages, I thought it may have just been a short story. When I started reading the book it went from Chapter I, to the 2nd chapter also labeled Chapter I for some reason; and then to Chapter XV. I went back to the blurry Google Edition, and the last page was marked 398. Therefore at 58 pages, most of the book is missing in the Nabu Press edition.

The 58 page version of "The Merry Go Round" is completely useless, and I'm not sure why it's even being sold. What's even worse, is that this is the default selection that comes up when you do a search for the book in Amazon. Sending it back for a refund.
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Book June 15 2014
By shambala - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I did not get the correct book-what I received was a children's book called the merry-go round. What a disappointment! Turned it in to a book store. Will have to be very careful ordering books from amazon. Marsha Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Maugham Jan. 15 2014
By vkb - Published on Amazon.com
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WSM is the comfort food of literature. This book was a tiny morsel saved for a rainy day in Maine.
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