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review 2017-02-04 05:57
Book Review: The Cupboard by Rose Tremain
The Cupboard - Rose Tremain

Takes patience and time to let the author unravel the complex threads of the stories within stories. These could have perhaps been unravelled a bit quicker as I found the pace slow. Not as enjoyable as The Colour or Music & Silence, both of which are magnificent works by Rose Tremain. Her writing is as great as ever though - the characters very real and Tremain captured the rambling quality of an 87 year old woman's conversation very well.

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review 2016-04-18 05:26
Cupboard mediocrity
Cupboard Kisses - Barbara Metzger

Meh. It’s a regency romance, but the writing is below average, with lots of telling instead of showing, and the heroine’s naivety is almost unbelievable. The book is also very uneven. Some scenes are lovely, while others could use a lot of polishing or a complete re-write. I’m not inspired to read more of this writer.

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review 2015-04-17 00:21
La Bahut Noir
The Black Cupboard - Claude Seignolle

A guy's life is ruined after he buys a piece of ugly furniture.

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review 2015-04-10 17:46
Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham
Cakes and Ale: Or the Skeleton in the Cu... Cakes and Ale: Or the Skeleton in the Cupboard by W. Somerset Maugham l Summary & Study Guide - BookRags

 

Description: Cakes and Ale is a satire of London literary society between the Wars. Social climber Alroy Kear is flattered when he is selected by Edward Driffield's wife to pen the official biography of her lionized novelist husband, and determined to write a bestseller. But then Kear discovers the great novelist's voluptuous muse (and unlikely first wife), Rosie. The lively, loving heroine once gave Driffield enough material to last a lifetime, but now her memory casts an embarrissing shadow over his career and respectable image. Wise, witty, deeply satisfying, Cakes and Ale is Maugham at his best.

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The full title is Cakes and Ale: or, The Skeleton in the Cupboard. The narrator is Ashenden, so does this mean Cakes and Ales is also semi-autobiographical? Ashenden is also the narrator of Maugham's novels The Moon and Sixpence and The Razor's Edge.

The skeleton in the cupboard seems to be a certain Rosie, a sweet barmaid with a broad libido - Edward Driffield's first wife. And Oh Larks! is Blackstable a skit on Whitstable?

Factoids from wiki: Cakes and Ale was first published in serialised form in four issues of Harper's Bazaar (February, March, April and June 1930). Maugham drew his title from the remark of Sir Toby Belch to Malvolio in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: "Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?"

5* Of Human Bondage
4* The Razor's Edge
4* The Painted Veil
4* The Moon and Sixpence
CR Cakes and Ale
4* The Collected Stories
3* The Magician
3* Ashenden
TR Liza of Lambeth
3* Mrs Craddock
3* The Narrow Corner
TR The Merry go round
TR The Chinese Screen
2* The Circle
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review 2014-08-26 00:00
The Cupboard Under the Stairs: A Boy Trapped in Hell...
The Cupboard Under the Stairs: A Boy Trapped in Hell... - Paul Mason Absolutely horrific story about a little boy trapped in a living hellish nightmare. There are no words to describe how I felt towards the evil b*&tard that is this boy's supposed father. Paul is such a brave person to write his story and also, to campaign for other victims of child sexual abuse. I only hope that he is at peace and is happy with his life these days. Goddess bless you Paul.
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