The stories in this collection from move from Malaya to America and England, and include some of W. Somerset Maugham’s most famous tales.
‘Flotsam and Jetsam’, the story of an old woman trapped for years in a loveless marriage in the remote rubber plantations; ‘The Man with the Scar’, and notably the opening story ‘The Vessel of Wrath’, a tale of the unexpected love that grows between a devout missionary nurse and a drunken reprobate.
In this second volume of his collected stories, Maugham illustrates his characteristic wry perception of human foibles and his genius for evoking compelling drama from an acute sense of time and place.
Dreaming of Home and Haileybury
William Somerset Maugham’s short stories are like the furniture in a grand boarding-house or the home of an elderly aunt. When I read ‘A Man with a Conscience’ or ‘A Winter Cruise’, I am...Read more