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Mrs. Craddock by W. Somerset Maugham
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Sep 14, 11

bookshelves: books-about-women, books-about-men, e-books, women-s-studies, male-writers
Read in September, 2011, read count: 1

A very interesting novel about relationships between men and women in the 1900s. Maugham is an intriguing writer. In Mrs. Craddock we meet Bertha Ley a 21 year old wealthy young woman in love with the idea of marriage, who marries a tenant on her land, Edward Craddock. Bertha learns that marriage to Edward Craddock is not exactly what she envisioned and she begins to hate her husband. The two are so incompatible it's a wonder how they were ever physically attracted! Maugham challenges social notions of compatibility in this semi-autobiographical work. A detailed look into Maugham's life shows that he is a combination of two prominent characters in the book, Bertha and her Aunt Polly Ley. Maugham writes this whirlwind romance so cynically that it is comical and thought provoking. A very interesting read for all studying classic literature.
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