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Best Short Stories (Collectors Library) [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Ned Halley , W. Somerset Maugham
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  • Hardcover: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Library; Unabridged edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907360344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907360343
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 880,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Somerset Maugham is one of the world's great story tellers. You turn the pages and enter a magical world of fabulous characters. You feel as if you are curled up listening to the delicious, risque, tales of an old, dear and rather wicked friend. You are transported to the very place, the villa, the street, the bar, the smells and tastes are almost tangible. The ten stories in this collection are 'The Letter', 'The Verger', 'The Vessel of Wrath', 'The Book-Bag', 'The Facts of Life', 'Lord Mountdrago', 'The Colonel's Lady', 'The Treasure', 'Rain' and 'P&O'.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect introduction to an enjoyable author 17 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover
I can't imagine a better way of getting into Somerset Maugham than this little volume. It contains 11 out of his 91 short stories -- a mixture of famous and less famous ones, not quite 'the best', but a very reasonable selection. This series -- 'Collector's Library' -- is the most handsome series of pocket-size fiction available today, in attractive, solid bindings, good paper, and extremely clear print. This really helps one to enjoy the contents.

Maugham, it must be confessed, was not a great writer. Each story achieves totally what it sets out to do, but there are no subtleties, such that a second reading would increase one's enjoyment. This is a book to read on a train, and then donate to a charity bookshop -- not a 'possession for ever'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real little gem of a book 30 April 2012
By Peter I
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
At this stage I do not own a Kindle, which would probably be the better method of storing W. Somerset Maugham's works. That said, this is a lovely little book that is easily carried and, and this came as a huge surprise, it is printed on excellent quality paper - Bible paper as it used to be called - with gilt edges and a ribbon. There are over 400 pages in a book that is smaller than the average paperback, if you like quality in the physicality of a book I do not think that you will be disappointed. The type size may stretch some reader's eyes, but not overly.

The quality of the work within the book has been judged many times by people more qualified than I. There is a great little biography of the man at the beginning then 11 of some of the longer short stories, some I recalled, some had been lost to my memory and I was able to enjoy them over again. I have to say I am really enjoying this book and looking forward to dipping into it time and again.

A book that will last and take being carried around and read wherever the reader finds themselves.
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