This quote is part of Silver Threading’s author’s quote series. Authors who have helped inspire my writing. I have read for so many decades I have forgotten more than I can remember – which is a shame. My father had the same problem as he grew older and told me he was lucky because he could re-read books and come to their delights as if new. Me? there are too many new authors and books I want to cram in before I go:) When I re-read a book and I do frequently I find that knowing the plot allows me to concentrate on the detail more.
Somerset Maugham was one of the popular writers of my youth and I think I probably read all his books – not so much his plays, cannot quite get to grips with plays:) Not knowing that much about his personal life I fell for the ‘romance‘ of his life. Serving in the Red Cross during the First World War, recruited as a ‘spy’ and serving in Switzerland and Russia (before the revolution there) traveling to places such as India and Asia (places I dreamed of going to), what wasn’t there for an impressionable young reader to like about the writer.
He wrote a great deal about the end of colonialism (British) in many of the countries I was eventually to travel to. This was an era my parents and myself were living through. part of the background of our lives.
My quote today resonated with me when I first read it. It applies as much today as back then.