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Livrologia

Livrologia

06
Dez18

Maugham as a doctor

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In October 1896 Maugham arrived at the final stage of his training at St Thoma's, the study of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

The first morning's lecture was memorable.

Gentlemen, woman is an animal that micturates once a day, defecates once a week, menstruates once a month, parturates once a year and copulates whenever she has the opportunity.

 

Recently a new equipment had been introduced, a course in practical midwifery, for which students were expected to be on call for a period of three weeks, and within a mile's radius of the hospital to attend a minimum of twenty confinements.

 

During his tour of duty Maugham was called out on sixty-three occasions. Temporarily lodged in a room opposite the main gates where he could be quickly summoned by the porter, he was rarely able to snatch more than a couple of hours' sleep, and yet he was almost unaware of his exhaustion so absorbed was he in what he witnessed of his patients' lives.

 

It was the first time he had worked outside the hospital precints, and it was only now that he saw for himself the frightening reality of the poverty in which large numbers struggled to exist, experienced at close quarters the noise, the stench, the overcrowding, the filthy, verminous conditions from which for many there was no chance of escape.

 

If the head of the family were in work, the life was tolerable; if not, then the situation was desperate, and in such cases the arrival of another baby was regarded with despair.

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings

27
Nov18

Books were to be his great comfort and resource, his most reliable retreat

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Spending so much time in his own company, insensibly he formed 'the most delightful habit in the world, the habit of reading...'

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And thus, making his way on his own through the books in his uncle's library, devouring everything from travel literature to the perfumed exoticism of The Arabian Nights, Maugham discovered one of the great passions of his life, a passion that would provide both pleasure and inspiration, that would encourage and clarify his own formidable skills as a story-teller, but which would also increase his isolation: in later life he found it difficult to be in anyone's company for more than a few hours before the longing came over him to be alone with a book.

Books were to be his great comfort and resource, his most reliable retreat.

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings

24
Nov18

A manifestation of affection made him feel a fool

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In a revealingly autobiographical novel written in his early twenties and never published, Maugham gives a portrait of himself as a young man, one who had experienced so little happiness in life that he did not know how to cope when people were kind to him; and forty years later there appears a telling entry in his notebook:

He had had so little love when he was small that later it embarrassed him to be loved... He did not know what to say when someone paid him a compliment, and a manifestation of affection made him feel a fool.

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings

21
Nov18

Even in great old age he would admit that he had never got over his mother's death

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With his mother's death the world in which Willie had been so safe and happy ended abruptly and for ever. His brothers, who had been summoned to the death-bed, shortly afterwards returned to England, and Willie was left to cope with his profound and terrible grief as best he could.

The child's love for his mother was passionate and unreasoning, and having lost her when he did he was never able to come to terms with her loss. He kept the last photograph of her beside his bed throughout his life, together with a long tress of her hair, his two most treasured possessions, and even in great old age he would admit that he had never got over his mother's death.

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings

21
Nov18

For Willie his mother was the centre of his entire existence

For Willie his mother was the centre of his entire existence. He loved her unreservedly and felt completely secure in her love for him. While his father remained a shadowy presence and barely impinged upon his consciousness, his mother's attention, he knew, was always his; nothing mattered to him much that did not concern the sweet intimacy that existed between himself and her.

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings