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Collected Short Stories: Volume 1 Paperback – 1967

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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0008AL3EO
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,150,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Minton-taylor on 11 July 2006
Format: Paperback
Although the language in this is somewhat archaic, this is, or will become, a timeless classic, along with Maugham's other short stories. I, a 16 year old, was given this by my mum to read, and the book was really accessible. Every story is an original gem, which although short, lingers in your mind long after you have read it.

Maugham portrays the upper middle class wonderfully (although not all stories are about this group of people), with superb characterisation. I found it hard to relate with the characters within the collection as I had never met anyone like them, but that isn't to say I won't and it didn't make the book any less enjoyable.

To start off with, I read the shortest stories (a few pages long), and gradually built up to the longest ones, such as 'The Vessel of Wrath'. My favourites are 'The Bum', 'Jane', 'The Creative Impulse' and 'Lord Mountdrago'. I had never heard of Somerset Maugham before but am very glad I have read some of his stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alasdair Hutton on 10 Feb. 2013
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Somerset Maugham remains one of the greatest writers of short stories and these stories show exactly why he has such a towering reputation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sylvia on 23 Aug. 2014
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I bought this last month .Wonderful
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Somerset Maugham's stories capture a lost world. Read them and be astonished by his insightful observance and his knack of creating a world now long gone.
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A similar old-world charm to these well-written tales as in the first volume.
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