Bertha Ley is mistress of Court Ley, a great spread of land. She marries Edward Craddock, a man beneath her station, but quite the essence of new order. A gentleman farmer, he is...more
Scritto molto bene, sebbene non sempre del tutto riuscito, amaro, ironico e spesso pungente, il romanzo ci rammenta quel che fondamentalmente siamo, ossia degli egoisti e, potendolo eventualmente fare, dei de ...more
This quote from Mrs. Craddock (I've rendered it as best I can from the original French) sums the book up well. The theme of unrequited love, or less-requited love at least, is also central to Maugham's superb Of Human Bondage (in fact, I believe a character in that book says it as well, only in English).
While Mrs. Craddock is definitely not up to the snuff of ...more
In this book, Maugham describes the English society by the end of the 19th century.
Through the marriage of Bertha Ley and Edward Craddock, the author seems to approach to the masterpiece written by Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary.
A splendid book. We never expect the way the plot develops itself wit always with an unexpected end. That is why I do love his books.
5* The Razor's Edge
5* Of Human Bondage
4* The Painted Veil
4* The Narrow Corner
4* The Moon And ...more
Vintage Classics, Paperback, 2000.
8vo. xi+292 pp. Preface for The Collected Edition, 1955 [v-xi].
First published by Heinemann, 1902 [bowdlerized].
The original edition first published by Heinemann, 1928 [with minor revisions and a new preface].
Preface further expanded for The Collected Edition, 1955.
From a historical point of view, Mrs Craddock is Somerset Maugham's most important novel after Of Human ...more
In this novel, Bertha, a young, idealistic, aristocratic girl, falls in love with a rather unimaginative but friendly and hard-working farmer, Edward Craddock. This is the story of marriage.
Her first mistake: She proposed to him. De La Rochefoucauld said "Entre deux amants il y a toujours un qui aime et un qui se laisse aimer." et Miss Leys added "et celui qui aime a toujours tort".
As the third-person narrator follows Bertha throughout the entire novel, her varying feelings for Edward colo ...more
Is it a masterpiece? Maybe not; the greatest fault that I saw in "Mrs. Craddock" is that it is painfully obvious. Nothing in this book suprised me. Also, I was sad to see many similarities with "Of Human Bondage" which is Somerset Maugham's ...more
"Oh, it drives me mad to think of the devotion I waste on you," she cried. "I'm a fool! You are all the world to me, and I, to you, am a sort of accident; you might have married anyone but me. If I hadn't come across your path you would infallibly have married someone else."
"Well, so you would you," he answered, laughing.
By the time I got to this passage, I was extremely ti ...more
E' avanti non tanto per la storia ma per come affronta la "crisi del matrimonio piccolo borghese", per come fa interagire la protagonista Bertha Craddock rispetto ai fatti della vita. Rispetto ad una condizione femminile che in quel periodo non doveva essere delle migliori. Non lo è tutt'ora. Trovo la scrittura di Maugham molto fluently, il libro ha una sua maniera e un suo stile che poi Maugham ...more
Kudos to Maugham for portraying his main character, Bertha Craddock, sympathetically from the very beginning. A sensitive, imaginative, intelligent girl who chooses to marry badly... I was rooting for her. Her husband turns out to be a decent, hardworking sort, but not at all interesting or interested in ...more
Its a very insightful book for its time. I can only say, it's best read before you think about getting married, or long after you have been married. Not the best book to calm your nerves before the wedding day, but provides unbiased view of how this one relationship had turned out for a woman swept off her feet by love.
Maugham's style of writing remains as acute as ever and it is a pleasure to read this particular work.
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 alm ...more