When Cakes and Ale was first published in 1930 it roused a storm of controversy, since many people imagined they recognised portraits of literary figures now no more. It is the novel for which Maugham wished to be remembered.
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A bit mercenary with Hugh Walpole
Well crafted novel read very well
The delivery was very good and the story was compelling.
The scene where the narrator, as a boy, loses his virginity was written in a most humble and a-typical way. The events were described from a distance of 40 years or so, with near total objectivity and frankness.
You will never forget Rosie Driffield, and the author never forgot the woman who inspired her.