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Book Review: The France of Fleming: James Bond, a French Passion

Review by David Salter

LA FRANCE DE FLEMING
James Bond, une passion francais by Pierre-Olivier Lombarteix (Le Temps Editeur – 2017)

In his new book Pierre-Olivier Lombarteix explores the relationship between Ian Fleming, his creation James Bond and France – in Fleming’s original books and in the films that followed. 813 more words

Book Reviews

Exhilarating Excess

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.

W. Somerset Maugham

The Moon and Sixpence

Somerset Maugham’s ‘The Moon and Sixpence’ is loosely based on the life of the French post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. ‘Charles Strickland’, the character representing Gauguin in Maugham’s novel, is a comfortably positioned London stockbroker, who on the spur of an instinct, deserts his dependent wife and children, and relocates to Paris to pursue painting. 1,484 more words

Miscellaneous

Maugham, Brunton, Hesse - the common link?

When I first read Somerset Maugham’s book ‘The Razor’s Edge’ almost a decade ago, I recall to have been quite affected by it. I was perhaps enchanted by the rich prose and the style of writing. 863 more words

Travel

Helpful hints for writing... or not...

This is an article I wrote a couple of weeks ago for my Moving Dragon Writes blog, http://www.somersetwriters.wordpress.com

Like most people who  do something – in my case writing, I try and do all I can to do it better… mostly it is just practice, practice, practice (Gary Player said ‘ 614 more words

Writing

Maugham's Unicorn

Somerset Maugham uses two interesting literary devices in his novel The Razor’s Edge. One is that he is a cameo character in his own story. He uses himself having conversations with the other characters as a means of advancing the plot. 287 more words

Writing

I Could Be Bought with Pie

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The Cure for Alone

I was a lonely child
But I loved Christmas:
It was a distraction attraction
From no friends

I loved the red candles and the songs… 1,358 more words

Poetry