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30 short stories by W. Somerset Maugham
455 pages
Published 1983 by Chancellor Press (first published 1976)
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Benito
As a young man I read Somerset Maugham's novel 'Cakes & Ale' and it did not, from memory, make an outstanding impression upon me. Perhaps I was too young to appreciate it, or perhaps the novel is not Maugham's medium?

I have decided now that the latter is the case since, whilst on holiday in the Southern Highlands at the country home of a generous patron, I started reading Maugham's collected short stories (three volumes of the four volume set occupying the lake-side cottages small library)
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Rusty
Sep 21, 2011 Rusty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who love short stories or need a break from longer writings.
Shelves: classic
Sometimes a collection of short stories is appropriate between novels. This one was quite good. The author writes about human foibles. Of the first two short stories, 'Rain' was about a missionary who is stranded with his wife and others on an island because of a depressing rain and what happens to him and those around him because of his dedication to his religion and his humaness. The second was 'The Fall of Edward Barnard' which looks at life and how one copes with a love that one loses and ho ...more
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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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