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The Three Fat Women of Antibes


William Somerset Maugham was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. Born in the British Embassy in Paris, where his father worked, Maugham was an orphan by the age of ten. He was raised by an uncle, who tried to persuade the youngster to become an accountant or parson; Maugham instead trained as a doctor, although he never practised professionally, as his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, was published the same year he qualified. By the time of his death in 1965 Maugham was one of the most commercially successful and gifted writers of the twentieth century. The Three Fat Women of Antibes is a short story first published in 1933. Three well-to-do ladies of a certain age take a long holiday in Antibes, which serves the dual purpose of incessant bridge-playing and a serious attempt to shed the pounds. Perhaps their greatest challenge beyond reduction is to find a reliable fourth for cards, and on this occasion, they believe they’ve found the holy grail in the irritatingly slim shape of Lena. Vivid, witty and spiteful, it is perhaps at odds with contemporary conceptions of sisterhood, but the tales of trumps taken and “antifat” rusks eaten still makes readers laugh with agonised recognition of weak will and its consequent mayhem. While you listen online to English audiobook "The Three Fat Women of Antibes” for free you will discover a short story in which William Somerset Maugham discusses themes of friendship, living without regret, getting past self-loathing, food appreciation.

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