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Of Human Bondage by W Somerset Maugham,
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Only when I received this book did I discover that it was an American print, lacking any introduction and bizarreley typeset. For example, the printer chooses to hyphenate the last letter of "shaven" so that the 'n' appears on the next line, thus: shave- n. And when a boy is described as showing his fillings I discover it meant his emotions, not the amalgam in his teeth. How much the poor prose style is due to Maugham himself and how much to the American editors is accordingly difficult to judge, but any writer who commits infelicities such as "beads of sweat stood in a row on her upper lip" has to be somewhere south of Jeffrey Archer, and although Maugham could undoubtedly spin a yarn, after 250 pages of this kind of thing I gave up and binned it.