Liza of Lambeth, W. Somerset Maugham’s first novel, offers insight into the everyday lives of working-class Londoners at the turn of the 20th century. Liza Kemp is an 18-year-old girl working in a factory in the Lambeth slum along London’s Vere Street. As Liza enters into a misguided affair with an older, married man, Jim Blakeston, the novel reveals the tragedies and abuses suffered by those living in poverty. A mood of subdued acceptance of one’s life conditions prevails in this novel, which sparked the literary career of one of England’s most successful authors of the 20th century.
"It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham.… He was always so entirely there." (Gore Vidal)
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annoying cockneyd English tells a depressing story
I adored W Somerset Maugham, this was my least favorite of his books (have also read Cakes & Ale, The Razor's Edge and The Magician)
The really heavy cockeyed English used by the characters was unpleasantly dense. If you're okay with sad stories (really sad), then it might be fine, but the language used to tell the story is annoying in how rough it is.
grating, shrill, annoying
no, it would be too sad.
the voice over is annoying in that it is inconsistently edited, but also the character voices he uses are very shrill as well. So it's fairly unpleasant to listen to as well as the story being rather depressing.
- Gwen McRae