Sunday 27 February 2022

Book Review: Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham (Fiction)

Title: Theatre
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 8 March 2001 (1937)
Pages: 242
Genre: Fiction
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Julia Lambert is in her prime, the greatest actress in England. Off stage, however, she is bored with her handsome husband, coquettish and undisciplined. She is at first flattered and amused by the attentions of a shy and eager young fan, but before long Julia is amazed to find herself falling wildly, dangerously, in love.


Theatre was an entertaining story both for its setting and its characters. I always enjoy Maugham's writing. His deceptively simple, easy-reading prose always contains hidden depths, and this work is no exception. Julia is an engaging character to whom I related right from the start and who held my interest throughout. The story is serious, yet there is plenty of wit along the way, and everything contains a sense of realism. Fans of Maugham's writing will, of course, enjoy it, but Theatre would also not be a bad place to start if you are new to his works. It gets 4.5 stars from me.

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