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Collected Short Stories by W. Somerset Maugham
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May 09, 2012

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30 short stories, some of which are autobiographical, that chronicle adventures from Spain all the way to the Samoa Islands. The characters are intricate, the settings alluring, the writing is beautiful but the stories are dated for the 21st century. In other words, despite building effective suspense, with each story there is a dreaded inevitable predictability that makes the finale somewhat deflating. With Maugham it’s the journey, not the destination that counts.

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