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Vibrant and enthralling, down among the dingy slums of Lambeth, eighteen-year-old Liza is the darling of Vere Street. When she meets Jim Blakeston, a married man new to the area, she is instantly mesmerized by his tending.
What makes this book stand out?
It is Maugham's first published novel - a vividly naturalistic depiction of slum life.
Read it for
End-to-end the story setting; it's clear to see that Maugham pictured a visual image of London's streets as well. He explains how this book is his first novel and his go-through living in London at the time of writing it.
Don't read it for
Story length could have been a little bit longer since some of the scenes felt hastened.