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Master story teller at work
27 August 2011
There is little better than reading Somerset Maugham's short stories. This group are set in the East, conjuring up the picture of English plantation owners sitting on their veranda drinking spirits as the sun sets on the Empire. Maugham has a great way of pulling you into the stories environment so that you feel as though you could be there with him. None of the stories are sensationalised. They are tales told simply about people he comes across on his travels. Nevertheless, his characters are drawn sufficiently for you to believe them, empathising with their problems as you think fit. Maugham does not moralise on the events he records, but it is easy for us to do after reading each of the stories. His writing style is simple and effective.
This is a great book with a good standard of literature. Read it if you want to be amused for a short period with stories of so many different people - reading too many stories at once is not as engaging - and dream of a time gone by when we had standards in society and people really believed in the Empire.