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Acque morte

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,072 ratings  ·  137 reviews
In Acque morte, che di Maugham è il romanzo perfetto, è un medico drogato, radiato dall’Albo, a suo agio «solo nella futilità», a guidare per piccoli tocchi, fingendo di assistervi impassibile, una vicenda di amore, di fuga e di morte che lascia spossati come una febbre tropicale. Ed è lui a farci attraversare questo monsone romanzesco, avvolgendoci nei fumi del suo stesso ...more
Paperback, Gli Adelphi, 224 pages
Published January 2008 by Adelphi (first published 1932)
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Sketchbook
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Often a dinner invite by an old chum is the best : you know the host and probably the company. Food will be fine as well as the setting. Why rumble with unknowns, given your mood. Hence, I wanted to read the last unread MOM for me.....Underrated, unread today. MOM at his best.

Inspired by Conrad...in a Malaya state (Indonesia, probably) arrive 3 "outcasts," each w a shady past : captain of the boat, a discredited doctor, and a beautiful rich boy. The heat is killing ; everyone has a stiffy. How t
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Nood-Lesse
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20-18
«Gli dèi ridono quando gli uomini ottengono quel che desiderano»

I personaggi letterari sono strane creature. Si affacciano, ti entrano nella mente. Crescono. Assumono talune, opportune, caratteristiche. Vivono in un certo ambiente. Di tanto in tanto ti accade di pensare a loro. A volte diventano un’ossessione, sicché non riesci a pensare ad altro. Allora li racconti, e per te cessano di esistere.

Questo è l’incipit della prefazione di Maugham a The Narrow Corner, titolo originale della sua opera
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Chrissie
This story is set out on the sea and on small islands of Southeast Asia. Doctor Saunders (a British trained doctor and eye specialist living in China), Fred Blake (the son of an Australian politician needing to be whisked out of public view), the skipper Nicholls and his crew are onboard a lugger. A lugger is a small sailing ship. Doctor Saunders, having performed an eye operation on Takarna, an island of what was then the Dutch East Indies and now Indonesia, is seeking passage home to Fu-Chou, ...more
Elizabeth Kadetsky
It is wonderful, as is everything by maughum i've found so far. He seems to write with no regard for what a novel is supposed to look like, and yet at the same time he has the literary equivalent of an interior clock, or perfect pitch. The timing, pacing and scope always seem just right, even when they're not remotely similar to those of any other novelist (I know of). There is natural flow, almost as in a kind "automoatic writing"--which is not to say there is anything incoherent about his nove ...more
Gail Cooke
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

For me, one of life's pleasures is reading or rereading Somerset Maugham. The luster of his prose never dulls; his ability to capture a character vividly always intrigues. He never does this with anything as prosaic has a physical description or "He Said," but rather by revealing a telling thought or action. Thus, it was with happy anticipation that I opened THE NARROW CORNER.

Once again Maugham carries us to the far corners of the world and introduces rare characters who meet aboard ship, a l
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Amaranta
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: inglesi
“Breve, dunque, è la vita dell’uomo
e angusto l’angolo della terra in cui egli dimora”.

Il dottor Saunders è un medico oppiomane radiato dall’Albo inglese che ritiratosi nelle isole della Malesia esercita lì con successo la sua professione. Ma non è questo quello che interessa. E’ piuttosto il modo in cui lui vede il mondo, scettico e cinico che neanche la morte riesce a sciogliere, come se quell’oppio rimanesse sempre davanti ai suoi occhi creando una patina attraverso cui vedere il mondo.
E’ il
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John Farebrother
This is one of my favourite stories by WSM. I like it first and foremost because it reminds me of when I worked in Indonesia, during the Timor crisis in 1999. WSM is a master at evocative descriptions of landscape and culture, and reading this story you are transported to the South China sea, with its thousands of islands, all different and yet all imbued with the mystery of the east and the easy-going nature of people in the tropics. But the potential for violence still slumbers beneath the sur ...more
Metodi Markov
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Само истински майстор може да разкаже толкова много в кратък роман като този.

Очарован съм от стила на Моъм още от първия ми досег до неговото творчество - "Луна и грош" и оттогава очаквам и получавам неизменно много.

Ключово за стойноста на романите му се явява почти свръхестественото му познание за човешката натура и неподражаемото и пресъздаване в историите, избрани да вдъхне живот на героите си!

А най-хубавото е, че той е бил плодовит писател и има още много негови творби, до които не съм стигн
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Bettie☯
A quick romp around the southern seas. Excellent character painting, philosophic ramblings and the ending was taut. I don't need to tell you that the writing is exquisite, do I!?

Opening: All this happened a good many years ago

4* The Moon and Sixpence
5* Of Human Bondage
4* The Razor's Edge
4* The Painted Veil
3* The Magician
3* Ashenden
4* Collected Stories
3* The Narrow Corner
CR The Trembling of a Leaf (ebook)
Pierre Menard
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Doroti
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Без изнендади и този път от Моъм - страхотна история, предадена по типичния му увлекателен начин, вплитаща и заплитаща съдби и герои, рамкирана от страхотни умозаключения за човешката природа, за лошия и добрия човек, за избора, за болката, за промяната у хората и разбира се, за липсата й...

Затвърди ми се усещането, че в романите на Моъм рядко се разказва от 1во лице единствено число, но винаги има един герой, който е символичният разказвач - той не участва много-много в самото действие, животъ
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Sandra
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Breve, dunque, è la vita dell’uomo, e angusto l’angolo della terra in cui egli dimora

Oltre che raffinato narratore, W. Somerset Maugham è uomo di mondo, inteso nel senso di conoscitore del mondo, ed in ogni suo romanzo la fine ironia, unita a una buona dose di cinismo, sul modo di concepire la vita conferisce piacevolezza alla lettura e profondità a delle storie che a prima vista sono così semplici, quasi banali. Anche in questo romanzo è così: assistiamo alla consumazione ed alle tragiche conse
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Kaloyana
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Отново много интересна история от Моъм. Единствената ми забележка е, че в тази книга нямаше толкова ярък образ, както в другите му книги. Защото в неговите герои има нещо много специално, което тук го нямаше - аз ги запомням като истински хора и ги помня, все едно сме се срещали и сме си говорили и аз им се възхищавам. Тук донякъде се беше получило с капитан Никълъс (той се появява и в "Луна и грош"), но все пак нямаше го онзи най-ярък образ, който аз чакам от Моъм и който да преживявам. Въпреки ...more
Yukino
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miei, 2015, 2015-asia
PAROLA DEL MESE: ACQUA

E così colgo l'occasione per leggere finalmente qeusto libro.

Maugham è come sempre ineguagliabile. Come riesce a farti entrare nelle persone, nei momenti e nei luoghi nessuno ne è capace. Anche in questo libro la sua bravura si conferma. Purtroppo però la trama personalmente l'ho trovata noiosia fino a metà più o meno del libro, per questo le tre stelle. L'ho addirittutra spospeo per alcuni giorni.Questo dottore che gira per le isole incontrando persone e filosofeggiando..m
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Nate Harrison
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sultry, shady and sexy. I could ponder its moral code but the exterior, the backdrop of Southeast Asia in the early twentieth century is engrossing enough. Everyone in this book is guilty of something and no one can be trusted yet three men find themselves in each other's presence all needing something from one another. At the end of the road lies an even more deceptive female who nearly brings all of them to their knees.
Also contains an opium smoking sequence that is so lucid and spiked with s
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GONZA
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maugham is one of my favorite writer ever, even if sometimes, like in this novel for example, the beginning is terribly slow. But ok, it gets better and better till the end (?).

Maugham é da sempre uno dei miei scrittori preferiti, anche quando, come in questo libro per esempio, parte talmente lento che quasi mi perde per strada. Ma ok, poi la storia migliora e straborda nel finale (?).
Paul
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! once more with this little known gem the reader is knocked back with the reality that is the illusion of our existence. Somerset spins words into worlds that remain timeless for their reflection of humanities search for purpose.
Anita
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had not heard of this book by Somerset Maugham but it is as good as all his others. He combines great story tellng, character building and debating moral issues like no other writer I have ever read.
Karthik
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maugham never fails to delight me and The Narrow Corner is yet another thoroughly enjoyable and edifying work from him. I have always admired the way Maugham brings out the human element in his characters. This novel draws together three interesting personalities: Nichols, a puckish captain of a lugger who would throw you to the lions if he could make a penny in the bargain; Fred, a handsome young lad of uncertain temperament, and the ever detached and amused Dr. Saunders. The captain provides a ...more
Giuseppe
Strana bestia questo Maugham

Letto grazie ad una delle sfide qui su GR, WSM è stata una piacevolissima sorpresa. Detto che non conoscevo nulla del suddetto autore (diciamo che non conoscevo manco l'autore, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea grandissima culpa), l'ho apprezzato per l'eleganza della scrittura. Dal protagonista, il Dr. Saunder, atarassico e distaccato, al Capitano Nicholls, sdentato lupo di mare (il mio preferito!) a tutti gli altri, WSM pennella sulle pagine personaggi come fossero quadri. V
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Anna [Floanne]
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biblioteca, classics
Diffidate, gente, della sinossi che lo definisce "il romanzo perfetto". Se non avete mai letto nulla di Somerset Maugham non iniziate da qui o vi ritrovereste tra le mani una storia lenta (molto lenta!), con personaggi piuttosto sconclusionati e pieni di incongruenze che dall'inizio alla fine si trascinano da un'isola all'altra del sud est asiatico senza sapere dove andare a parare. Salvo solo le descrizioni dei paesaggi e l'ambientazione tropicale che per un attimo mi ha riportato col pensiero ...more
Lily Nikolova
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading it for a second time, this time I would definitely finish it - in My Edition it is with The Theatre - I saw a wonderful screen-interpretation of it with Annette Benning fsalling in love with a young man=) She is so stunning in the film and in the novel, that we readers can't halp being in love with her. The Small corner Малый Уголок is a bit boring, but I am reading it from a hardcopy from the library and it gives me pleasure to read it slowly= So exotic, so strange describing peopl ...more
Maria
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Сюжетът е съвсем елементарен – трима напълно непознати и съвсем различни мъже предприемат кратко пътуване заедно из островите между Австралия и Азия. Срещат се случайно и после се разделят – всеки да продължи живота си както намери за добре. Но въпреки това характерите им са много добре представени, мотивите им са перфектно описани и анализирани. Това може би изглежда досадно, ако Моъм проповядваше някакъв негов морал, ако делеше нещата на „черно” и „бяло” и настояваше, че това деление е единств ...more
Héctor Genta
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Racconto lungo, elegante e “di scuola” dove a farla da padrone è la misura. Misura con la quale Maugham dosa ingresso ed uscita di scena dei personaggi, misura con la quale alterna descrizioni d'ambiente, dialoghi e riflessioni. Il risultato finale è un romanzo dove tutto gira alla perfezione, una trama che scorre sicura senza salti di ritmo. Protagonista assoluto è il dottor Saunders, tipico personaggio maughamiano che osserva la vita con occhio cinico. Fatalista, partecipa delle cose del mondo ...more
Lynn
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why this book made such an impression on me. I wanted to read something by Somerset Maugham, purely out of curiosity, or I guess to fulfill a personal cultural requirement. When I started reading, I was disappointed at first, because of the setting. It's in a native village in China, and then on a boat and other ports, and I'm not usually interested in travel/adventure kind of things. But I got completely drawn in. It wasn't the characters themselves that I was attracted to, certain ...more
Ape
What a curious, unassuming little tale. I'd not heard of it before, and having now read it, I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. It's a meandering tale that you've never quite sure where it's going to take you. I did like the ending as well; although ultimately it didn't really have very many positive things to say about love and marriage!

Set in the islands of the Pacific - all over the place, Malay islands, Singapore, Indonesia.... Dr Saunders, a British ex pat, is persuaded to leave hi
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Michael Ritchie
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though not terribly well-known, this is one of Maugham's best novels. As usual, there is a Maugham-like narrator who mostly observes and relates; in this case, the narrator, a doctor, is more or less stranded on an isolated South Seas island for a while, and tells us of two other strandees, a rough sea captain and his mysterious young passenger, and their interactions with a family that lives on an island plantation. There is a romantic triangle, an act of violence, and the revelation of past si ...more
Larry
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Maughm, his observations, ascerbic wit and devil-may-care protagonist, that is usually the one who makes all the observations that pull all the threads together. His other character's are no less appealing. I also love his colonialist themes, that transport me to sights, and scents that are totally alien to one who is mystified, but love the tales about the orient and the isles there. This book however, bogged down in character depictions that were both repetitious, and over sentamentalis ...more
Manish
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction, own, 2013
There's something in Maugham and his writing. In spite of all these years since I first read him, Maugham is one of those rare authors with that power of narration one seldom comes across. In a 'Narrow Corner', we have a doctor, a crooked captain of a steamer and a enigmatic Australian on the run from some dark kept secret travelling together on a steamer in the Pacific. Their eventual halt at a plantation in one of the Dutch islands and the resulting tragedy that arises out of the indiscretion ...more
Roberta
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, uk
Un noir indolente, ambientato in luoghi esotici ed affascinanti, dove le persone vivono immerse in una lentezza e in una futilità che avvincono e annebbiano il lettore. C'è un dottore ormai radiato dall'albo nonostante la sua bravura, a causa della dipendenza dall'oppio. C'è un furfante che ha accettato senza domande né remore un incarico "particolare" giusto per sfuggire alla moglie (e qui abbiamo anche la nota comica). C'è un ragazzo di buona famiglia che fugge da qualcosa di orribile e molti ...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 almost l
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“Малко здрав разум, малко търпимост, малко чувство за хумор и ти ще откриеш, че се чувстваш много удобно на тази планета.” 2 likes
“Life is short, nature is hostile, and man is ridiculous; but oddly enough most misfortunes have their compensations, and with a certain humour and a good deal of horse-sense one can make a fairly good job of what is after all a matter of very small consequence.” 1 likes
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