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The Best Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham

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17 stories:

The letter --
The verger --
The vessel of wrath --
The hairless Mexican --
Mr. Harrington's washing --
Red --
Mr. Know-all --
The alien corn --
The book-bag --
The round dozen --
The voice of the turtle --
The facts of life --
Lord Mountdrago --
The colonel's lady --
The treasure --
Rain --
P. & O.
Published June 1st 1957 by Random House Inc (T) (first published 1957)
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Oct 13, 2015 Qi rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read-books
(I put it on re-read because I am still working through the collection. Each story will have its own ranking in stars as past experience with Maugham indicates a varied range of my own reading preference.)

10/2015 -- Facts of Life. 3 stars.

A father gave three advices for his son for his first trip to Monte Carlo: don't gamble, don't lend money, don't get tangled with woman. Very much along the same advices as Polonius for Laertes. Would the Fate and Youth mock back the reasoned and seasoned Old?
Diane Barnes
Apr 24, 2012 Diane Barnes rated it it was amazing
I loved every single one of these stories. Maugham never disappoints.
Feb 11, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant collection of classic short stories.

Before this, I had read Of Human Bon dage, The Moon & Sixpence, and The Razor's Edge, and I really enjoyed all three. This was the first I had read of Maugham's short stories, though, and the man was truly a master of the short tale just as much as the novel.

While many of the stories do feature an O. Henry-esque turn at the end, they are not nearly as plot-oriented or sentimental as Henry's. Maugham's tended to be much deeper and more psychologi
Byron Van
Jan 06, 2016 Byron Van rated it it was amazing
One of the best short story writers in the English language. Especially if you enjoy travel as I do. I love his travel stories as in The Painted Veil which was made into a decent movie.
Bryson McCheeseburger
Not sure if this is the same version of what I have, but I got this one in Taiwan at a used book store. It only has four short stories in it, but for my first time reading Maugham I am addicted already. Rain, Red, Honolulu and The Four Dutchmen were all great short stores, all of which I thought could have easily been full novels in themselves, but Maugham intended them to be brief, important glimpses into the lives of these people.

Of the four, Red completely blew me away. One of the best short
Onyango Makagutu
Jan 22, 2015 Onyango Makagutu rated it it was amazing
A book for all seasons.
I loved all the short stories in this collection
Paulo Muller
Maugham, W. Somerset, 1874-1965; Guilherme, Paulo, 1932-2010, il.; Miranda, S., trad.
PUBLICAÇÃO: Lisboa : Editorial Organizações, 1956
DESCR. FÍSICA: 125, [2] p., [2] f. ; 16 cm
COLECÇÃO: O livro de bolso ; 1
Jul 18, 2009 Liz rated it really liked it
I just love W. Somerset Maugham. This was a nice collection of stories, quite a few of which I hadn't read before.
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William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.

His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in 'Of Human Bondage' , Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he alm
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