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Liza of Lambeth

Liza-of-lambeth-book-cover“Liza of Lambeth” by W. Somerset Maugham
Classic fiction – 3 stars

This book brought me back to the days of high school when we read Tess of the d’Urbervilles (except not quite the same). It’s about a working class girl going through a downward spiral, in part because of her own choices and in part because of societal pressures. The local speech made it harder to get through, but adds to the authenticity and realism as shown in the portrayal of life in the slums – not all dark and glum. While the ending was predictable, it was also rather terse.


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