The Summing Up, XLIX

It’s more Maugham as professional writing mentor, which isn’t to say it’s a bad chapter, just a familiar one. When Maugham gets quotable, it’s usually because there’s something unexpected about an observation or line. When he’s just talking about his views on the writer being creative—he’s mildly walking back the idea of being a financial success, the true writer birthed fiction like “human mothers” birth children, only the writer doesn’t care about the creation—“it is no longer a part of them.” It’s a little much—The Summing Up, hitting the point where I expected to be the most interested—Maugham talking about writing fiction—is running on fumes. Hopefully he gasses it up soon.

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