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The Wrong People

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A prissy male UK schoolteacher discovers lust in post-war Morocco when same sex was still unlawful at home. Written by Maugham's nephew, Robin, it's a revealing & compulsively readable account of fleshly disturbances.
Published (first published 1971)
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May 08, 2015 Sketchbook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A UK school teacher in the 60s is smitten by a Moroccan youth, and the story becomes a Tangier thriller. Despite public sex performances, can a kid make a getaway to the fish n' chips griddle of smelly ol England? God is Love. Eh? Poor thing. Why do the wrong people travel? Sal Mineo wanted to do a film version. Unk Willie praised the local color, but stormed: don't publish this dirty book. Watch out, Unkie...you rich old fuck.
David Corvine
It is obvious that Robin Maugham is not Dostoyevsky ... he's not even W. S. Maugham but I've read and reread this book because I think it portrays the time and place accurately. I've spent some time leaning against various bars ...Tanger Inn and the Hole in the wall, in Brighton etc. talking to people who were there at the time and they seem to concur with this belief.
Tony Raymond
Jan 04, 2011 Tony Raymond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written novel set in one of my Favorite Places.....Tangier! The plot kept me interested
from first to last. The characters are unforgettable....even the not so nice ones! This is a book
I will probably re-read sometime in the Future.
Frank Farrell
Sep 22, 2016 Frank Farrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book when I was about 15, after reading The Servant. At the time the thing that struck me was the seedy atmosphere of Tangiers. It didn't strike me as an attractive seediness, either. I came back to it again out of curiosity. Now it is published as gay fiction, at the time Maugham even used a non de plume because he was advised that writing so openly about homosexuality would damage his reputation. I think it has stood the test of time. I found the story engaging and the charac ...more
Ali Miremadi
Starts off darkly charming but by the end is simply dark. The nephew Maugham is an inadequate heir to his uncle.
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