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W. Somerset Maugham

Canon Spratte saw himself as he thought others might see him: mediocre, pompous, self-assertive, verbose. Maugham could have added ambitious, hypocritical, and vain. In this engrossing social satire, Theodore Spratte, a cleric, motivated by an obsessive desire to be elevated to bishop, embellishes his family history and intrudes upon his son's and daughter's courtships. A reviewer in 1906 wrote, "The whole book is an admirable blend of cynical gaiety and broadly farcical comedy; it is the smartest and most genuinely humorous novel that the season has yet given us." -- Lee Smalley

Canon Spratte saw himself as he thought others might see him: mediocre, pompous, self-assertive, verbose. Maugham could have added ambitious, hypocritical, and vain. In this engrossing social satire, Theodore Spratte, a cleric, motivated by an obsessive desire to be elevated to bishop, embellishes his family history and intrudes upon his son's and daughter's courtships. A reviewer in 1906 wrote, "The whole book is an admirable blend of cynical gaiety and broadly farcical comedy; it is the smartest and most genuinely humorous novel that the season has yet given us." -- Lee Smalley
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Canon Spratte saw himself as he thought others might see him: mediocre, pompous, self-assertive, verbose. Maugham could have added ambitious, hypocritical, and vain. In this engrossing social satire, Theodore Spratte, a cleric, motivated by an obsessive desire to be elevated to bishop, embellishes his family history and intrudes upon his son's and daughter's courtships. A reviewer in 1906 wrote, "The whole book is an admirable blend of cynical gaiety and broadly farcical comedy; it is the smartest and most genuinely humorous novel that the season has yet given us." -- Lee Smalley

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lee Smalley

Length:

6h 35m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

19:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

23:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

38:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

22:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

31:08