The Hour Before the Dawn: A Novel (The Works of W. Somerset Maugham)

The Hour Before the Dawn A Novel The Works of W Somerset Maugham None

  • Title: The Hour Before the Dawn: A Novel (The Works of W. Somerset Maugham)
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham
  • ISBN: 9780405078125
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874 He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician But writing was his true vocation For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays During World War I, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service He travelled all over the world, and made many visits to America After World War II, Maugham made his home in south of France and continued to move between England and Nice till his death in 1965.

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    1. A few years ago, after finishing my third Somerset Maugham book, I began to dread the day when I would run out of Maugham to read Lucky for me, the old boy was prolific Regardless, I was delighted to find this out of print copy It was published in 1960 and cost 0.50 I bought it 50 years later in 2010 for 2.95, while stopping at the amazing Powell s in Portland during last year s road trip More importantly, I didn t even know it existed Hence, it had no impact on my countdown of Maugham books lef [...]


    2. I think this book is out of print, but it is classic, riveting Somerset Maugham It is about an English family in the early days of World War II It is simply told and has a terrific ending I could read Somerset Maugham all day long His style is so easy but his message is always meaningful and true.



    3. What a fascinating novel from Maugham As others have pointed out, it isn t his best work overall, but so much of it really, the first two thirds is so well done that I couldn t put it down.It s a book that starts right before WWII and ends with the Blitz It s got a shade of jingoism, especially at the end the only German character is horrifically one dimensional , it s fairly predictable, but it s just so engrossing I really found most of these characters interesting, though I think it would hav [...]


    4. I read this in Hungarian and unfortunately the translation was, well, not so good, which quite ruined the experience Couldn t really concentrate on the characters or events, I was just thinking, why, why this translation is not up to the usual standard of Antal Szerb or Mrs Devecseri H t n nagyon szomor vagyok Annyira szeretem Maugham m veit, de ez a ford t s t nkretette rtem n, Szerb Antalnak nem volt kapacit sa minden k nyvet leford tani, van ez gy, de Most vad szom az eredeti kiad st, mert ne [...]


    5. For Maugham super fans only that s me Totally melodramatic, and so British you could die, this is the story of one family during the opening days of World War II Pretty but wan May is married to hale and hearty Roger Roger s parents, General and Mrs Henderson, own a manor house but aren t otherwise wealthy Roger works for the War Office, and is away most of the time, taking May for granted They married after being thrown together as children, as May s widowed mother rented a property owned by th [...]


    6. I picked up this book and couldn t put it down after reading the first page, it was written so beautifully The story of an almost perfect, loving, normal English family, The Hendersons, torn apart by WWII What is remarkable about this book is that it was written in 1941 and published in 1942, while the war was going on, and the outcome unknown Yet, it reads like it was written 5 years later and the conclusion of the war a certainty However, I do agree with the 3.5 rating It is one of those books [...]


    7. This is one of the least popular Maugham books but I quite enjoyed it, and if you re a fan of his other novels, you ll probably enjoy it too The first half is absolutely five stars brilliant It tells the tale of a family in England during World War II there is Jane, the eccentric, overly made up, pants wearing daughter, her brother Roger, who married the sweet May, Jim, the second son and a pacifist which is a dirty word in this family of soldiers and Tommy, the youngest son Tommy is head over h [...]


    8. SPOILER ALERT Is Dora the clumsiest spy ever or what She wasn t realistic Maybe her follies could have been subtle if the book had been longer And what woman wears a monocle, and could wear it and heavy make up together without having a terrible mess of either With a little realism, including eliminating the melodrama, this would have gotten 5 stars, because there was a good deal of suspense and it is otherwise well crafted.


    9. Interesting read Novel was written in the 1940 s so the language used took some adjustment while reading tThat and it takes place in pre WWII England Overall, quick read and entertaining Not really translatable to today s generation, but once you realize it was a different time 70 years ago, it was a good read.


    10. Takes place from the 1st day of WW2 to the Blitz The time period was interesting to me, I enjoyed the characters It does suffer from wartime jingoism, but I found that historically interesting wicked Germans, fine upstanding Englishmen.


    11. I love this author I love his writing I love the oddity of his name and wonder what the story is behind it That is what drew me to this book when I saw it in a used book store and really enjoyed it Historical fiction Mystery I will re read it someday.


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