Far Eastern Tales is a collection of short stories born of Maugham’s experiences in Malaya, Singapore and other outposts of the former British Empire.
Whether portraying a ship-borne flight from a lover’s curse, murder in the jungle or a marriage shattered by a past indiscretion, they all reveal Maugham at his best – sometimes caustic, sometimes gently comic, but always a shrewd and human judge of character.
Reviewed by David Gilmour in Slightly Foxed Issue 65.
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