On his way home from a remote Pacific island, Dr Saunders travels with two strangers: the treacherous Captain Nichols and Fred, a handsome Australian with a shadowy past.
Driven to shelter from a storm on the island of Kanda, the trio meet good-natured Erik Christessen and his fiancée, the cool and beautiful Louise. This tense tale of love, jealousy, murder and suicide evolved from a passage in Maugham’s earlier novel, The Moon and Sixpence.
Reviewed by David Gilmour in Slightly Foxed Issue 65.
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