Beer & Skittles*

Beer & Skittles—

CAKES AND ALE—W. Somerset Maugham—Doubleday, Dor an ($2).

Somerset Maugham writes a workman-like novel; easy to read, witty, sardonic, realistic, far from the borderline of boredom. He does not believe in "great" books; has never written, will never write one. His habitual bitterness, whether natural or acquired, has become part of his stock-in-trade. He now uses it effectively, usually cloaks it in brusque but polite irony.

Cakes and Ale: or The Skeleton in the Clipboard is a novel without a hero. Narrator is William...

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