Up at the Villa
On the day her older and prosperous friend asks her to marry him, Mary Leonard demurs and decides to postpone her reply a few days. But driving into the hills above Florence alone that evening, Mary offers a ride to a ha ...more
Maugham's Up At The Vil ...more
"Tesoro, è per questo che è fatta la vita ...per correre rischi".
Maugham è una conferma. La conferma di essere uno scrittore tra quelli che prediligo.
Questo breve romanzo mi stava deludendo fino alle pagine finali, già pensavo che stavolta Maugham avesse “toppato” con me, quando invece, all’improvviso, arrivata alla fine, mi sono ricreduta.
C’è un topos letterario tanto caro agli anglosassoni, l’ambientazione in una aristocratica villa con uno stupendo giardino che guarda sulla cupola del Duomo d ...more
The story opens with the widowed, but still desired and beautiful Mary Leonard pondering a marriage proposal from an old family friend and waiting for his return. During the few days he's gone, Mary has a chance encounter with a young and handsome stranger, and cougar-action ensues. ( ...more
Most of Maugham's formidable strengths are here, fully realized: an ear for authentic, snappy, gently funny ...more
Over a handful of days in 1938, a penniless English widow, on vacation near Florence, considers the marriage proposal of an aging British aristocrat who is the newly-appointed governor of Bengal, accepts a pistol that he presses on her for safety, takes pity on an Austrian refugee, stands up to a Fascist police chief, and gets in harm's way with an American playboy. After a good deed results in tragedy, she must choose between dependability and love, between her reputation and her feel ...more
عنوان: خانه ییلاقی؛ نویسنده: ویلیام سامرست موآم؛ کترجم: جواد امامی؛ تهران، انتشارات آبشار، 1336، در 96 ص،؛
شرح حال زنی از طبقه ی اعیان و اشراف و ...؛
Se não estivesse assinado por aquele que se tornou num dos meus autores favoritos de há dois anos para cá, não conseguia acreditar que este romance fosse dele. Sim, é verdade, encontramos Somerset Maugham nas pequenas descrições da vila e do palácio onde decorre a cena. Mas é um vislumbre tão ténue que quase passa despercebido. "Paixão em Florença" é um livro de b ...more
This is more of a novella, or a very long short story. As the books of his I've read so often seem to do, Up at the Villa involves members of the smart set of his time, t ...more
RE: Up at the Villa (1941) by W. Somerset Maugham
I read this novella years ago and still remember it as a good story. Maugham is one of my favorite authors.
A few days ago I streamed the film adaptation:
"Up at the Villa" (2000)
CAST: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft, James Fox
This is a wonderful suspense story. This particular film version is very lush in scenery and dress. Beautiful Kristi ...more
À semelhança de tantas outras ocasiões, aceita o convite para jantar de uns amigos e é assim que se vê num restaurante rodeada de um grupo de pessoas, algumas delas algo curiosas.
Nesse período dá-se um acontecimento que se prolongará não apenas no regresso a casa de Mary, como durante toda a noite, acontecime ...more
Mary is staying in a villa in Florence after the death of her Husband.
She meets the notorious Rowley Flint who is a womaniser.
An event changes everything and there is a twist at the end.
Will be looking out for more of his books!
Opening: The villa stood on the top of a hill. From the terrace in front of it you had a magnificent view of Florence; behind was an old garden, with few flowers, but with fine trees, hedges of cut box, grass walks and an artificial grotto in which water cascaded with a cool, silvery sound from a cornucopia. The house had been built in the sixteenth century by a noble Florentine, whose impoverished descendants had sold it to some English people, and it was they who had lent it for a per ...more
If I needed to sum up this book in a phrase (I'm not sure what such an occasion might be) I would be torn between going with "It seemed like a good idea at the time" and (if I were in a meme-mood) a solid "Well that escalated quickly".
A 30 something widow, living in a borrowed villa in Florence is proposed to by an old friend - who is also an elder friend, very well to do, very loyal, very proper. She defers her answer, for the three days he must be away to secure his new position - as Governor of Bengal.
In the three days, much changes...
Mary is a beauty, Edgar is a hero, Rowley is a scoundrel.
Any more is going to require a spoiler, and being only 95 pages, there i ...more
This is a novella, making it a quick and easy-read and takes place over 48 hours or thereabouts. The characters are one-dimensional: Edga ...more
This is a long short story, or a short novel, and I read it in less than a day, and really enjoyed it.
The other books I have read by W. Somerset Maugham were, to one degree or another, autobiographical. I doubt this contains any biography - although the location (Florence and th ...more
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 ...more