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Ten Novels And Their Authors

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Maugham's studies of the lives and masterpieces of ten great novelists are outstanding examples of literary criticism at its finest. Afforded here are some of the formulae of greatness in the genre, as well as the flaws and heresies which enfeeble it. Written by a master of fiction, Ten Novels and Their Authors is a unique and invaluable guide.
Paperback, 339 pages
Published September 6th 2001 by Vintage Classics (first published 1954)
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هالةْ أمين

عندما قرأت المقدمة ظننت أن الكاتب سيقوم باختزال الروايات إلى أهم فصولها واستغربت كيف سيقوم بهذا الاختزال مع روايات كموبي ديك والإخوة كارمازوف والحرب والسلام وغيرها وعدد صفحات الكاتب لا تتجاوز 220 صفحة!!

ومع القراءة وجدت أن محتوى الكتاب تركّز على تلخيص سيرة حياة كل كاتب وذكر أهم عمل يظن أن يعتبر من الروايات الخالدة والظروف التي دعت لكتابة هذا العمل وذكر جوانب الضعف والنقد فبه

سومرست موم كناقد موضوعي جدا خصوصا إن كنت على اطلاع مسبق بالروايات ستفهم وجهة نظره فيما يقول

مما يدعو للأسف أن ترى تلك الروا
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umberto
Aug 08, 2015 umberto rated it really liked it
Some years ago I posted a query in a Yahoo website wondering if I should read “Tom Jones” by Henry Fielding and why. Two messages arrived and encouraged me to have a go with it but it’s a pity I was too busy then so I gave up the idea. That was a long time before I came across and decided to read “Ten Novels and Their Authors” by W. Somerset Maugham. Obviously, if I had read this inspiringly informative book, I wouldn’t have had such a shaky decision since I enjoyed reading his three-part chapte ...more
Masoomeh Tavakoli
Jul 08, 2013 Masoomeh Tavakoli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: نرگس پورمحمدیان رودسری
این کتاب جزء اوّلین تجربه های من در کتاب جدّی خواندن است
در هشت-نه سالگی خواندمش
در سنّی که معنی کلماتی چون سرف، نقطه ی ثقل، مازوخیسم و مثل این ها را نمی دانستم
(همه شان را اوّلین بار در این کتاب دیدم)
و هیچ یک از ده رمانی که موآم در این کتاب انتخاب کرده و به تفصیل دلایلش را برای انتخابشان توضیح داده را هم نخوانده بودم
امّا جدای از آشنایی گران بها با خود موآم (بعدها «لبه تیغ» و «خادم کلیسا»یش را خواندم. هر دو را دوست داشتم و دومی هنوز و همچنان یکی از بهترین داستان کوتاه هایی است که خوانده ام)، این کت
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Sandhya
Oct 10, 2009 Sandhya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The one aspect, among others, that draws one to Somerset Maugham's writing is the elegant simplicity and clear-headedness in them. He can be a very compassionate writer, as The Painted Veil reveals and with Ten Novels And Their Authors, it is his analytical abilities as a scholar and critic that come to the fore. And all of it laid out with such eloquence!
This particular book is especially illuminating, as Maugham expounds on the various aspect of fiction writing, giving a fairly detailed analys
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Ala'a
Apr 15, 2014 Ala'a rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
أعتقد أن الكاتب تحدث عن الروائيين أكثر مما تحدث عن الروايات نفسها،
ولذا أفضّل لو أن الكتاب تُرجِم إلى العربية بعنوان آخر مثل "عشر روائيين خالدين ورواياتهم" أو "عشر روايات لروائيين خالدين" ..

أحببت إصراره على إثبات أن الرواية تُقرأ للمتعة والتسلية العقلية، وأن من الصعب أن تحدد أي عدد من الروايات لتكون هي الأفضل على مر العصور.
واستمتعت بالأجزاء التي تحدث بها عن روائيين وروايات أعرفها مثل تولستوي، و وفلوبير وجين أوستين وديكنز..
وصُدِمت ببعض ما أورده عنهم. خاصّة في الاتهام الذي اتُهِم به ديستوفيسكي
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Kate
Sep 07, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book my husband brought back for me from the library one day, and when I had read the introduction I almost dismissed it. Maugham had been asked to write the introduction to a series of abridged versions of classic novels, (which then were compiled into this book) and my first though was "How dare you endorse vandalizing a classic novel!" Then I remembered how tedious some of those books are, and how editing and the practice of writing was different then, and how maybe more people woul ...more
Portia S
Jul 17, 2011 Portia S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w-s-maugham
The very first book of Maugham's I ever read, I immediately fell in love with his sardonic and satirical manner of writing. the way he made great fun of the most revered of classical writers, tore me up so much
Killthepopular
Dec 19, 2015 Killthepopular rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I enjoyed this one a lot. Besides the sort of stuff you would expect, Maugham also offers some interesting insights and speculations into the lives of his subjects. I especially like his contention that numerous men proposed to the plain and penniless Charlotte Bronte on the grounds that she was clearly "highly sexed". It's a nice little mix of biography and criticism but the fact that it is the work of a good Novelist means that the personalities of these authors really do come across in a very ...more
Susan
Aug 12, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book came about when the editor of a magazine asked Maugham to make a list of the ten best novels in his opinion. This was then extended into prologues for new editions of the novels and, later, combined into this collection of essays. Maugham makes many relevant points in this work, the most important being that a sensible person reads as a diversion and not a task. A novel is to be read for enjoyment and the reader is, therefore, their own best critic and they know what they enjoy and wha ...more
Miriah
Mar 07, 2011 Miriah rated it liked it
When I first picked up this book, I thought I'd learn some answers from why those ten best authors wrote the best novels since history. It's very interesting to know what kind of methods to follow along in English literature and some good examples of why they write great novels.
I was at a Writers' Group meeting at the White Rock library near the city hall as I came across a brilliant journalist (who is retired, of course) has reccommended me to read this book by W. Somerset Maugham called "Ten N
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Rachel C.
Aug 21, 2013 Rachel C. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: PA
Clearly a thoughtful and attentive reader, Maugham has achieved a (paradoxically) casual familiarity with these classics and their authors, a most desirable state. Each chapter goes into some detail on the author's life and his/her writing process, and then a general consideration of the selected work in the context of world literature. Maugham eventually comes to the conclusion that, while there are many paths to greatness, its occurrence is utterly unpredictable.

"Novelists are, of course, muta
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داليا شعلان
كتاب ممتع ل ابعد حدود..يتكلم عن عظماء الأدباء ك تولستوي و بلزاك و جئن أوستن و غيرهم شرح ل حياتهم و معتقداتهم وسيكولوجياتهم و ليس به اي شرح او حتي تلخيص للكتب اللي أشار لها في المقدمة او العنوان

استفدت به و استمتعت بأسلوب سومرست في السرد و التحليل اكتر ما استمتع به ك اديب و قاص
Taha Noman ( طه نعمان )
كنت أعتقد في البداية وخاصة بعد أن قرأت المقدمة أن الكاتب سيعطينا نبذة مختصرة عن الروايات العشر التي يتحدث عنها لكنني تفاجأت أنه لم يتحدث عن الروايات إطلاقا بل تحدث عن الكتاب ، ربما ليشجعنا على قرأة الرويات التي لم نقرأها ، لكن في الحقيقة فعلا" وخاصة الروايات التي قرأتها فعلا" من أجمل ما قرأة رغم أن بعضها قد مضى على قرأتها أكثر من 37 عاما" الا أنها لازالت مؤثرة جدا" وعلى العموم كانت قرأة هذا التحليل مفيد الى حد ماء أن نعرف أن كتاب هذه الروايات ليس عباقرة بقدر ما أنهم بشر أستغلوا مواهبهم ليمنحونا ...more
Raya  Ka'abneh
Nov 02, 2014 Raya Ka'abneh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب قيّم جداً يبيّن أعظم 10 روايات في العالم (من وجهة نظر الكاتب على الأقل)
ويخوض في سيرة حياة كتّاب هذه الروايات ولقد أفادني كثيراً في معرفة حياة بلزاك وستندال.
وهذه الروايات هي:
1- توم جونز - هنري فيلدنغ
2- كبرياء وهوى - جين أوستن
3- الأحمر والأسود - ستندال
4- الأب غوريو - بلزاك
5- ديفيد كوبر فيلد - تشارلز ديكنز
6- مدام بوفاري - جوستاف فلوبير
7- موبي ديك - هنري ملفيل
8- مرتفعات وذرينغ
9- الأخوة كارامازوف - دوستويفسكي
10- الحرب والسلام - تولستوي
Mahdi Nosrati
خواندن این کتاب برای تمام کسانی که حتی سودای نوشتن در سر ندارند خوب است دست کم معیار های تشخیص داستان خوب و بد، تفاوت های اساسی داستان کوتاه و رمان سوای طولشان و برترین رمانها را میتوانند بشناسند هرچند که سالهاست از هنگام خواندن آن میگذرد اما اثری که کتاب بر من گذاشته همچنان باقی است.خواندن این کتاب را از دست ندهید هرچند داستان نیست اما موآم بلد است چطوری بنویسد که حوصله خواننده حتی از این متن تحقیقی سر نرود.
داليا   روئيل
عرض اكثر من وافي ودقيق لحياة عظماء كبار تولستوي ، ديستوفسكي ، تشارلوت برونتي ....الخ ربما صدمت من وصفه لديستوفسكي واظن بانه لم يتناول حياته بشكل وافي
Pete
Thats it - read the lot of them now over half a liftime - it was worth all the effort.
Suzan
ماده ای که رمان نویس در اختیار دارد طبیعت بشر است
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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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