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Great novelists and their novels;: Essays on the ten greatest novels of the world, and the men and women who wrote them

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صحبت کردن از ده رمانی که بهترین رمان‌های دنیا هستند، چرند است. در دنیا ده‌تا رمان نیست که بهتر از همه است، شاید صدتا باشد، گرچه به هیچ‌وجه اطمینان ندارم که حتی این رقم هم درست باشد. اگر قرار بود پنجاه آدم کتابخوان که معلومات کافی می‌داشتند لیستی از صد رمان عالی دنیا تهیه کنند، معتقدم که این افراد دست‌کم نام دویست یا سیصد کتاب را چندبار تکرار می‌کردند. ولی فکر می‌کنم در این ...more
Unknown Binding, 245 pages
Published January 28th 1972 by Kennikat Press (first published 1948)
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Carol
May 31, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
Love this book! Maugham writes about every author's life and how their life influenced their novels. Maugham writes as if he is writing directly to you. Excellent book published in 1948.
The ten best novels/novelists are Tolstoy's War and Peace; Balzac's Old Man Goriot; Fielding's Tom Jones; Austen's Pride and Prejudice; Stendhal's The Red and the Black; Bronte's Wuthering Heights; Flaubert's Madame Bovary; Dicken's David Copperfield; Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov; and Melville's Moby Dick
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P.J. Sullivan
May 31, 2011 P.J. Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essays, biography
Somerset Maugham had his priorities right. “A novel is to be read with enjoyment. If it does not give that it is worthless. There is no obligation to read fiction.” He defends the “art of skipping” over tedious sections, because no novel is perfect. Even the best contain dead wood. These ten best novels are all flawed, but their authors had vigor and vitality, imagination and creative force, knowledge of human nature and sympathy for it.

In these essays he provides insightful accounts of the aut
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Marianna Beadles
May 12, 2009 Marianna Beadles rated it really liked it
This is such a fun little book. I got it as a library cast-off years ago, and just recently started reading it. Maugham is one of my favorite authors, and it's great fun to read about his favorite books! He gives little histories on each of the authors, which are insightful to understanding where the author was coming from, or who inspired certain characters in their novels. It explained a lot to me about Wuthering Heights, but left me perhaps more baffled with Moby Dick.
Something I particularl
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Paul Jellinek
Apr 07, 2014 Paul Jellinek rated it it was amazing
Whether you agree with his choices or not, this is Maugham at his opinionated best.
Richard Smith
Jan 18, 2016 Richard Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somerset Maugham is out of fashion, but as a traveller, “man of the world,” voracious reader, and jobbing novelist he is well set up to write about ten great novels—and importantly the novelists who wrote them. His thesis is that novelists, unlike some other creative artists, have to create primarily from their own experience.
Perhaps the best part of the book is his rapid, partial, and judgemental sketch of the lives of his 10 novelists. All the lives were extraordinary in some way, and he wond
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لوكان بالامكان وصف النقد بشي مادي فلاا ابعد بتشبيهه بمادة متعددة الطبقات بشيء أشبه بالبصلة مثلا ..
فعندما ننظر الى عمل ادبي مابعين ناقدة فعلينا ان نضع في ذهنناا امور كثيرة بعضها تتقدم واخرى متاخرة وترتيبها اشبه مايكون ترتيب قشور البصلة الاعلى منها هش حتى نصل الى الطبقات الحقيقية الطبقات الصلبة التي تطلق الرائحه والعصارة الطبقة التي يجب ان تكون الاساس والمحور والتي يجب الا نمسها الا اذا بهت هدف المتعه الادبي ..

لكن هل ادار سومسرت موم هذا الحديث كما يجب او لا طلب منه تحديدا التنقيب عن 10 اعمال وعند
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Josh Marcus
Ok, I only read the sections on the Dostoevsky and Tolstoy (and the introduction of course) because those are the only authors I was actually interested in. Maugham, in his 'nothing is sacred manner', manages to cast them in all their ignominious glory, and gives great context to their works. He shows how Dostoevsky's insecurities, lack of willpower, egotism etc. led to the fact that his characters are all pieces of himself, all way overdone and unrealistic, along with unrealistic plot points ...more
Diane
Jan 23, 2013 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I will come back to this book, but of the books Maugham reviewed, I had only read 4 and didn't remember the details enough to appreciate the reviews. He does give interesting and not always flattering background info. on the authors. Dickens is one of my favorite authors and since Maugham points out "David Copperfield" is autobiographical, I'll probably read it again. He also appreciates Jane Austin's humor and wit. So eventually I want to read all ten novels and then revisit this book.
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William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.

His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost l
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