Conversations with Willie: Recollections of W. Somerset Maugham

Conversations with Willie Recollections of W Somerset Maugham None

  • Title: Conversations with Willie: Recollections of W. Somerset Maugham
  • Author: Robin Maugham
  • ISBN: 9780671240462
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. When Syrie Met Willie / When Willie Met Gerry (sans Nora Ephron)RSVP : "It was a rule at the Villa Mauresque that everyonebathe naked in the swimming pool." In 1962 nephewRobin blackmailed his Unk into giving him $50k w promise that he'd never write about him--. So here he is writingabout him after his death. A pastiche of fact-fancy andquotes fr Willie's own work passed off as "conversation."Bizarre, black. Nephew Robin reports that his Unk was a celeb playwright when he met "glamor puss" Syrie [...]

    2. This book doesn't aspire to be anything more than a tidying up of the notes Robin Maugham took each time he stayed with his uncle Willie in Lausanne or Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat in the 1960s. For those unfamiliar with his more comprehensive book "Somerset and All the Maughams", Robin starts by giving a summary of Willie's ancestry and childhood, and throws in some anecdotes about Somerset's marriage to Syrie, but "Conversations" mostly covers Somerset's long decline into senility. As such, of course [...]

    3. Premessa: io adoro William Somerset Maugham.Avevo grandi aspettative circa questa sorta di diario del nipote Robin, ragion per cui era forse inevitabile rimanessi delusa dal risultato.La prima parte, fin poco più della metà, è abbastanza interessante; la seconda tratteggia il declino di una persona anziana, ma svilendone la memoria con dettagli francamente omissibili.

    4. robin maugham racconta suo zio willie, william somerset maugham: scrittore di successo, omosessuale- ma con un matrimonio alle spalle, insicuro, balbuziente, a tratti aggressivo e capriccioso. la prima parte è decisamente più interessante della seconda, che è semplicemente una raccolta di aneddoti a volte brillanti e a volte molto tristi. mi aspettavo, chissà perché, qualcosa di meglio.

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