Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham

I found it rather difficult to empathise with the protagonist, Philip Carey. This made getting to the end of a rather long novel somewhat tedious, but I persevered. I am not sure if it was worth the effort even though this book is considered to be Maugham's masterpiece. Carey is not the kind of person … Continue reading Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham

They built a ministry to deal with people like us, Thomas, a whole government ministry.

"They built a ministry to deal with people like us, Thomas, a whole government ministry. They don't like us, they don't want us, and they're telling the normal people to hate us. You heard what they are saying about us. They say we're cretins who can't do anything, feeble-minded idiots who just take and give nothing back. They're making killing us look like a kindness."

Aldfrid was filled with a new certainty himself. When first he had seen Eawyn he had been stunned by her beauty. He had had his moment of doubt as to whether this young woman of such quality would even notice him, but she had. With confidence, he took her hands and pulled her a step … Continue reading