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Mrs. Craddock

W. Somerset Maugham

Book Overview: 

A young woman, carried away by passion, sees a chance to escape a dull life and to experience true love. But she discovers that little in her marriage to the dutiful and sensible Edward meets her expectations. And as passion dies, she finds herself trapped in a loveless, oppressive marriage.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Dearest,” broke in Miss Glover, “it’s all for the best.”

Bertha turned to her and the flush on her face deepened: “Ah, I see you’ve been discussing the matter. How good of you! Edward has been asking me to release him.”

Dr. Ramsay nodded with satisfaction.

“But I refused!”

Dr. Ramsay sprang up, and Miss Glover, lifting her hands, cried: “Oh, dear! Oh, dear!” This was one of the rare occasions in her life upon which Miss Ley was known to laugh outright.

Bertha now was simply beaming with happiness. “He pretended that he wanted to break the engagement—but I utterly declined.”

“D’you mean to say you wouldn’t let him go when he asked you?” said the doctor.

“Did you think I was going to let my happiness be destroyed by you?” she asked, contemptuously. “I found out that you had been meddling,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"Between any two lovers there is always one who loves, and one who lets themself be loved. It is the one who loves, that always gets hurt."

This quote from Mrs. Craddock (I've rendered it as best I can from the original French) sums the book up well. The theme of unrequited love, or less-requited lov

This novel begins with terse and memorable ironic wit like Oscar Wilde, like George Bernard Shaw. The British caste system and its related prejudices and pompous tomfoolery are easy targets. The author might very well have hammered home obvious messages of social justice, with the characters as pawn

Un libro che definirei perfetto, di quelli che ti rimangono addosso come cicatrici sulla pelle.
A distanza di sei anni dalla lettura, non riesco a togliermelo dalla testa. Finitomi tra le mani quasi per caso, rovistando curiosamente tra i vecchi volumi di casa, polveroso, ingiallito dal tempo, con pa

Of the five possible ratings we give books here, three stars is the most irritating. It looks like a hmmm yeah okay blah blah not bad, didn’t rock my world kind of statement but it in fact hides complexities other ratings don’t have. You know where you are with one, two, four and five stars. But thr

"If love dies--" Don't ask, What if? It always dies.
Get your second wind and go on.

Mrs Craddock, W. Somerset Maugham

Mrs Craddock, is a novel, by: William Somerset Maugham, first published in 1902. The story of a rich woman Bertha, who falls in love with a peasant named Edward, marries him with a thousand wishes, but soon realizes that he loves his wife, and there is no reciprocal

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