The Bishop's Apron

Written by:
Somerset Maugham
Narrated by:
The Arc , Geoffrey Giuliano

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2023
6 hours 46 minutes
'The Bishop's Apron' is a novel written by W. Somerset Maugham, a British playwright and author, first published in 1906. The book is known for its wit, humor, and exploration of themes related to social class, morality, and the clergy.
The novel is set in the fictional English cathedral town of Polchester and revolves around the lives of the clergy, particularly the Bishop of Polchester, Archdeacon Cuthbert, and the charming and somewhat unconventional Canon Ronder. The story's central plot is set in motion when the Bishop loses his cherished apron, an heirloom with great sentimental value. The missing apron leads to a series of misunderstandings, secrets, and humorous situations involving the clergy and the local community.
As the narrative unfolds, Maugham delves into the lives and relationships of the clergy, revealing their human foibles, desires, and struggles beneath their respectable exteriors. The characters grapple with questions of morality, faith, and the tension between their spiritual callings and earthly desires.
'The Bishop's Apron' is often classified as a social satire and comedy of manners. Maugham employs his signature wit and keen observation of human nature to create a humorous and satirical portrayal of the clergy and the society in which they live. Through his characters, he explores the hypocrisy and absurdity often associated with the upper echelons of society and the church.
While 'The Bishop's Apron' may not be as well-known as some of Maugham's other works like 'Of Human Bondage' or 'The Razor's Edge,' it remains a noteworthy contribution to his body of work. The novel provides a window into the Edwardian era in England and offers a witty and entertaining examination of the human condition, morality, and the quirks of English society.
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