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A Writers Notebook From 1892, When He Was Eighteen, Until 1949 When This Book Was First Published, Somerset Maugham Kept A Notebook It Is Without A Doubt One Of His Most Important Works Part Autobiographical, Part Confessional, Packed With Observations, Confidences, Experiments And Jottings It Is A Rich And Exhilarating Admission Into This Great Writer S Workshop.


10 thoughts on “A Writers Notebook

  1. says:

    A Writer s one note NotebookThe author of Of Human Bondage and reportedly one of the best paid novelists of the 1930 s reduced from fifteen volumes to one his lifetime of notebooks He explains I publish it because I am interested in the technique of literary production and in the process of creation his own , p.xvi and indeed the result is an extended look inside the sausage factory Fiction writers, alas, feel compelled to invent all sorts of secondary and tertiary characters rather th A Writer s one note NotebookThe author of Of Human Bondage and reportedly one of the best paid novelists of the 1930 s reduced from fifteen volumes to one his lifetime of notebooks He explains I publish it because I am interested in the technique of literary production and in the process of creation his own , p.xvi and indeed the result is an extended look inside the sausage factory Fiction writers, alas, feel compelled to invent all sorts of secondary and tertiary characters rather than let the well run dry, countless real time vignettes and portraits are assembled as potential raw material along with many extended and tortured similes.I read his bildungsroman titled Of Human Bondage ages ago and there is nothing in this compilation to recommend my returning to it The general impression, especially from his early years, is of an insufferable egoist and materialist Two entries, when aged 22, exemplify The first, Theintelligent a man is thecapable is he of suffering, p.19 revea...


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    Methinks I ve been hoodwinked.It appears I have a very odd edition of this book, an edition that precedes even the real first edition This is Preprinted from Cosmopolitan Magazine and is a condensed 133 page version bound prior to the first full edition in 1949 It s hardcover in blue cloth and is in excellent condition Got it for 2 Even so I might have been reluctant to buy this knowing it isn t the full magilla I m not one for Reader s Digest type reductions I took this to the park ear Methinks I ve been hoodwinked.It appears I have a very odd edition of this book, an edition that precedes even the real first edition This is Preprinted from Cosmopolitan Magazine and is a condensed 133 page version bound prior to the first full edition in 1949 It s hardcover in blue cloth and is in excellent co...


  3. says:

    Given that this book was in my to read list since I was a 13 year old , and finally being able to lay my hands on it , I was terribly disappointed The notebook which is veritably a notebook of Maugham s observations and ideas , are so dry and decripit , not in descriptions since it s just a notebook , but in the very essence and substance of them Having read his classics, The Moon and Sixpence and Of Human Bondage which were sheer works of Genius, however the Writer s Notebook as it stands Given that this book w...


  4. says:

    This is a weird read I was surprised that I liked it It is a collection of Maugham s notebook entries from the turn of the 20th century to 1949, minus his notes on India He reveals a typical aristocratic British belief that different peoples have different national characters, reveals his dislike for assertive or ugly women, dislikes American coffee, believes that Americans are very class conscious despite their supposed egalitarianism, and so on He adores French culture but deplores their p This is a weird read I was surprised that I liked it It is a c...


  5. says:

    His jottings through life, from 1892 to 1949 Lots of amusing anecdotes eg Unselfish parents have selfish children Fools don t become less foolish when they grow old, and an old fool is infinitelytiresome than a young one.


  6. says:

    The one star is not for the content but for the layout of this particular edition Please look at the Look Inside part before purchasing You will notice that each observation is given a line and there is no division between the lines They all run into one another.The original hardback copy has each observation distinctly separate from all the rest It makes it much easier to dip into the book This journal is not designed to be read from cover to cover as it is an edited collection of his ob The one star is not for the content but for the layout of this particular edition Please look at the Look Inside part before purchasing You will notice that each observation is given a line and there is no division between the lines They all run into on...


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    Maugham began to record his thoughts and observations in this journal while a medical student in London and continued as he travelled around the world, as a journalist in reality a British agent during the Russian revolution and later a writer, from England to France to South Seas to Pacific Islands and Malaya, writing about his experiences and thoughts This contains his notes from 189...


  8. says:

    It was really interesting to read these excerpts of Maugham s notebooks, for the book is exactly what its title states Except for the preface and for the last pages which were written to give an introduction and a closure to the book respectively, the rest of it consists of a series of sketches, descriptive passages, thoughts on politics and plots that could have been the ...


  9. says:

    I am often very fond of Maugham s novels, but I just couldn t finish this, basically a collection of bits from his journals I couldn t stay interested in the fragments, and I recoiled from the occasional unpleasant observation about women or non European people Sorry, W...


  10. says:

    Discovered this book recently and REALLY enjoyed it The combination of character sketches and insight into historical events due to the author s presence there e.g., the Russian Revolution of 1917 was deeply engrossing.Thi...


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