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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics (Dec 8 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099288702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099288701
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #740,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stephen_b_in_pdx on 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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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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
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.
Maugham Jan. 15 2014
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WSM is the comfort food of literature. This book was a tiny morsel saved for a rainy day in Maine.
Not quite up to the usual Somerset Maugham May 3 2013
By Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a real Somerset Maugham fan and have read, I believe, all his books. This, however, I put possibly at the bottom of the list. All Somerset Maugham is worth reading but I did not really get on with this one. If there are other Somerset Maugham books which you have not read, try them ahead of this. Most of his book are great - try 'The Razors Edge'.
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Do Not Order the 58 page version from Nabu Press (June 25, 2010) Feb. 2 2013
By RobC - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

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