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Oh I love Somerset Maugham's short stories. I started reading them when I was 16 and not into short stories at all, but somehow he always proved an exception. I like the ones set in the Far East, especially. This sounds great too, and I haven't read it before.

Dorothy W.

What a fun story. I've enjoyed the Maugham I've read, Of Human Bondage, and I also listened to The Painted Veil, which was very good. He does write about class issues very well, and that's nearly always interesting, I think.


I'll do the tempting today. Have a peek at my blog Danielle.


The Painted Veil was very good. It's the first book on my new blog. The movie arrived from Netflix today - I'll be taking a break from political news tonight!


Litlove--I don't think I have any other of his short stories--now I will have to look for a collection. I think this can be found online, though, it is a slightly different version.
Dorothy--I find the whole question of class really fascinating, so I will have to check out his fiction if it is something he deals with. I'd really like to read The Painted Veil as well as Of Human Bondage (though the second is a longish book, so I haven't been quite tempted to pick it up).
Darlene--Thanks for the heads up--and for sharing those photos--I am very envious. I have no bookstore at all the same here.
JoAnn--I'll be so happy when the election has passed and life can return to some state of normalcy--then again is it ever normal?! I will have to check out your post--thanks for letting me know. And enjoy the movie--I want to see it, too.

Susie Vereker

I think I read most of Maugham in my youth. He was one of my favourite writers. I love his sardonic, sometimes misanthropic outlook on life, and indeed his settings. Many of his stories remain bobbing around in my subconscious and emerge from time to time.
I gather he always resented not being considered a 'literary' writer.


I think Maugham is a better incarnation of Hemingway (straightforward prose, but elegant instead of choppy; cosmopolitan settings; women as fleshed-out as men). I've read The Moon and Sixpence as well as Of Human Bondage, and loved them both. I hope you read more!


Susie--I can see I have been missing out by not having read him yet. I will certainly look for a collection of stories now. How interesting that he was not considered a 'literary' writer (as I would certainly classify him that way), but then I don't know a thing about his life. I'm looking forward to reading more.
Jenny--That's an interesting comparison. I've not read much Hemingway (only a couple short stories), so I will have to look at both author's work side by side. They must have been writing at about the same time. I will definitely read more. I have Of Human Bondage (and Up at the Villa, which I read last year) on my bookshelves and will be looking for other novels as well.


Well, I am impressed by your concise reflection. I used to read the Maughan back in highschool. 'Rain' and 'Summing up' were my favorite. This time, long years later when I am almost over the hill, 'A string of beads' give me fresh emotion, recalling my precious memories.


Enita--Isn't it wonderful revisiting an author after time has passed and reading again favorite books and stories? It's interesting to see how the reader has changed in relation to the story and characters. I have not picked up anymore Maugham since this story, and I really need to. Thanks for the reminder! :)

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