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Mr. Warburton watched the development of the situation with acrid humour. Cooper's clerk was unable to persuade Malay, Dyak or Chinese to enter the house of such a master. Abas, the boy who remained faithful to him, knew how to cook only native food, and Cooper, a coarse feeder, found his gorge rise against the everlasting rice. There was no water-carrier, and in that grea ...more
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Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Juergen John Roscher
A good short-story about an older English gentlemen that is in colonial Borneo acting as a kind and caring overlord of the locals being joined by a younger English subject that mistreats the locals and alienates the older gentlemen. It is an interesting study of an old snobbish gentlemen and a young aggressive man. I liked the story but didn't care for either of the two main characters. It also had a very predictable ending.
Ray Noyes
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I could feel the heat of the tropics when reading this and the element of hopelessness that colonial Residents may have felt being in such a foreign land. This is reflected in the interactions with Abbas. To have written such a powerfully affecting story with just a few characters is Maugham's genius. I love plots with such a focus, because they can have such depth.
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Outstation by Somerset Maugham

Somerset Maugham will always exalt my afternoons. His prose is magnificent and his style is exactly what I love. It is perfect in setting, narration, analysis of character…in everything.
And I had the luck to enter this exotique world a long time ago; it must be close to thirty years these days. Borneo, Java, Burma, and the South Seas – the very names sound and feel so outlandish, extraordinary that the imaginary trip leaves you longing and fantasizing about the
May 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Excellent short story, I believe set in the interwar period. In a remote part of Malaya.

Thee two main characters are so well portrayed, or maybe I should say the Resident is extremely well portrayed. The younger man convinced me less, perhaps only because I don't know people like him?

Maugham is without parallel in telling a good story in great detail and getting across the characters.
Josh Riedford
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite short stories of all time...
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Re-re-reading to bring you back to a previous century of English colonies.
You feel the sweat dripping...and it's all very realistic.
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Audio Book
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Highly Recommend Short Story
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I read this in a compilation and I really enjoyed it. I love how depicts the two characters, and you can really feel the swampy humidity of the jungle.
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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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