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A young woman, swayed away by passion, sees a prospect to break away a dull life and to experience true love. And as passion dies, she recovers herself treed in a loveless, tyrannous marriage.
What makes this book stand out?
A very worthwhile read, for its emotional wallop and as an interesting glance into Maugham's growth as a writer.
Read it for
It shows Maugham's bent for introducing characters as three-dimensional people with naturalistic motivations and needs.
Don't read it for
Some of the writing is a little valued and melodramatic compared to his blunt, raw later work.