Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham

Cakes and Ale

W. Somerset Maugham

308 pages first pub 1930 (editions)

fiction classics reflective slow-paced

Description

Cakes and Ale is a delicious 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 t...

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Community Reviews Summary of 425 reviews

Moods

reflective 69%
funny 47%
emotional 30%
lighthearted 26%
challenging 13%
adventurous 8%
dark 8%
inspiring 8%
mysterious 8%
relaxing 8%
sad 4%

Pace

slow 52%
medium 48%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 84% | A mix: 10% | Plot: 5%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 22%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 64% | Yes: 23% | It's complicated: 11%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 22%

Average rating

3.57

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