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Mrs Craddock by W. Somerset Maugham
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Nov 28, 2011

really liked it

Maugham is an author I have always been meaning to read. I discovered that he actually wrote few novels (Of Human Bondage being the most famous) but was one of the most successful playwrights and short story writers of his time. The Goodreads synopsis really doesn't capture the true meaning of this novel. In many ways, it seems a very contemporary and cautionary story, and reminds me in some ways of Revolutionary Road (another tale of love and marriage gone wrong). What really appealed to me is Maugham's deft observations of romantic love,the marriage relationship,society and politics at the close of 19th century England. When Edward Craddock decides to run for political office, his wife feels "it charlatanry to undertake a post without knowledge and without capacity." Maugham's next sentence-- "Fortunately that is not the opinion of the majority, or the government of this enlightened country could not proceed". Some things never change, eh?

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