Up at the Villa
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
The cover of the book that I read.
WILLIAM Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He was educated at King’s School, Canterbury and at Heidelberg University, Germany. Later he started practising medicine at St. Thomas’s Hospital. However, the success of his first novel “Liza of Lamberth” (1897)made him decide that he was going to be a writer. Besides writing novels, he soon became reputed for writing dramas and short stories. But his oeuvre did not end here, as Maugham was also a prolific aut ...more
Ambientato negli anni 40’ è un romanzo breve che si sviluppa nell’arco di pochi giorni. Protagonista è Mary, una donna bellissima, consapevole di esserlo, che trascorre i giorni in una Villa toscana, fra passeggiate in giardino ed inviti a cena. Due gli uomini che le girano intorno: Edgar, diplomatico e vecchio amico di famiglia, e Rowley , un giovane simpaticamente sfrontato. Nel giro di poche ore si inserisce nella vicenda un nuovo personaggio che cambierà tutti i rapport ...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
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 ...؛
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
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
Up at the Village is a short book, a novella, and tells the story of a widow who has travelled to Italy to recover from her marriage to a drunken womaniser. She's beautiful, sociable and has friends who own a villa in the Florentine hills where she has lived for the past few months. The story op ...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
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
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
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".
Anyway, a rather shallowish, yellowish sort of novel. I can't bring myself to give less than 3 stars, but this was not the Maugham I love.
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