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CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BY W SOMERSET MAUGHAM 1939 HARDCOVER WITH DUST JACKET

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Condition:

Very Good

ISBN:

9780405078095

Publication Year:

1977

Language:

English

Author:

W. Somerset Maugham

Edition Description:

Reprint

ISBN-10:

0405078099

ISBN-13:

9780405078095

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Book, Trade Cloth

Subject:

Classics

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HARDCOVER WITH DUST JACKET 20.5 OZ Charley, a 23 year old who has completed his studies at Cambridge and a year in his father's business, is given a Christmas trip to Paris by his father. It is his first trip alone and he sails off to have the time of his life in spite of the brewing political situation in Europe. He plans to meet up with his childhood friend, Simon Fenimore, who has a job in Paris as a foreign correspondent and intends to get some experience in Europe before returning to England to stand for Parliament as a Labour candidate. Simon, an orphan, has always been a surly loner but Charley finds that his has become a Communist and has no smaller goal than to take over the world. He has become contemptuous of Charley's middle-class life. As an attempt to indulge Charley's desire for adventure, he takes him to a brothel where he introduces him to Princess Olga, a Russian immigrant, and proceeds to desert him. Charley, while wanting to stay with the girl, wants to go to the Christmas eve midnight mass. He tells her that he will be back in an hour but she begs him to take him with her. So begins a companionship that lasts for his five days in Paris. He learns that she is really Lydia, a young Russian woman who was left homeless after the outbreak of the Bolshevik revolution and fled the country. In France she married Robert Berger, a rake who was later sentenced to fifteen yearsโ€™ penal servitude for murder. Having covered the trial for the press, Simon is well aware of this, and knew exactly what he was letting his friend in for. She has since had to become a prostitute but it is not primarily in order to make ends meet but as a penance for her husband's sin. He brings her to his hotel where they live together for his stay, but the relationship is platonic. Over the course of his stay, she tells him the story of her unhappy life which fills up the greater portion of the novel. Lydia's story and Simon's vehement radicalism disrupt Charley's complacent life and cause him to question the meaning of his life. His glimpse at a world formally unknown to him make him reevaluate his beliefs and priorities. The contrast between Charley's sheltered English life with the life of those he meets in Paris is one of the things Maugham does best. The essence of pre-war Paris is captured perfectly. The characters are also wonderfully well drawn. What happens in Paris goes back with Charley and the cozy family he left seems shallow.
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