THE LOTUS EATER BY SOMERSET MAUGHAM PDF

A retired English bank manager, Wilson, who made the Italian island Capri his own abode, had a good deal of rumour going about him. No believer of all the tittle-tattle that went about him on the island and elsewhere, the author met him personally to discover his real character. When the author met him for the first time, Wilson, a middle-aged fellow, had already spent fifteen years on the island. Capri was an island of superb sights and sounds so much so that Wilson would enjoy them heartily until the last day of his life.

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A retired English bank manager, Wilson, who made the Italian island Capri his own abode, had a good deal of rumour going about him. No believer of all the tittle-tattle that went about him on the island and elsewhere, the author met him personally to discover his real character.

When the author met him for the first time, Wilson, a middle-aged fellow, had already spent fifteen years on the island.

Capri was an island of superb sights and sounds so much so that Wilson would enjoy them heartily until the last day of his life. He was a man who would live in the present caring little about the future.

To Wilson, he had justifiable reason to live after his own heart, since he had none on earth to worry about. He loved nature, music and books, which alone could feed the thoughts of a lonely man like him. He preferred leisure to work, for he believed that people worked only to obtain leisure. Small wonder, after the expiry of his annuity, Wilson fell on worst days and lost the will-power to carry his life any further. With no hopes to live for, Wilson once made an attempt to commit suicide.

Though he survived the mortal attempt, he was no longer in his right mind. Then one fateful morning, he was found lying on the mountainside with his eyes closed for ever. The author recalled Wilson saying that he had come to the island on a moonlit night. Hence, he assumed that Wilson had breathed his last while feasting his eyes on a breath-taking sight in the moonlight.

Having consumed the plant, the mariners broke into a memorable chorus. The chorus worded the anguish that came with toil, as also the joy that they had in that blissful life of leisure and inaction.

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The Lotus Eater by W. Somerset Maugham

I was wrong. Once again, the story chilled me to the bone. The Lotus Eater by Somerset Maugham is a story about the pursuit of happiness. It tells of a man who quits his job, sells all of his possessions, and with a bit of savings decides to move to the island of Capri, Italy, to spend the rest of his life there, living a life of leisure. The I remember reading this in high-school. The narrator hears a story of a man called Thomas Wilson.

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William Somerset Maugham’s ‘the Lotus Eater’ Essay

For the film, see The Lotus Eater film. Somerset Maugham in and loosely based on the life story of John Ellingham Brooks. It was included in the collection of Maugham stories The Mixture as Before. The friend introduces the narrator to Thomas Wilson, who had come to the island for a holiday sixteen years earlier.

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