This final classic collection of stories reveals Somerset Maugham's unique talent for exposing and exploring the bitter realities of human relationships.
Brilliant tales of love, infidelity, passion and prejudice, the stories range from 'The Lotus Eater' in which a man has a vision of a life of bliss in the Mediterranean, to the astringent tales of 'The Outstation' and 'The Back of Beyond' in Malaya and South East Asia. Largely set in favourite Maugham country, this colourful collection brilliantly evokes the numbered days of the British Empire.
About the Author
Laurie Lee was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in 1914, and was educated at Slad village school and Stroud Central School. At the age on nineteen he walked to London and then travelled on foot through Spain, where he was trapped by the outbreak of the Civil War. He later returned by crossing the Pyrenees, as described in his book As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. In 1950 he married Catherine Polge and they had one daughter. Laurie Lee died in May 1997. In its obituary the Guardian wrote, 'He has a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precisions'.
" One of the great writers of the twentieth century."
"" An enchanting book, an exquisite farewell, not only to childhood, and boyhood,
but also to an England that has vanished."
-- JB Priestly
" Remains as fresh and full of joy and gratitude for youth and its sensations as when it first appeared.
It sings in the memory"
-- "Sunday Times"
" It has got... a marvellous morning freshness... There is hardly a sentence in it that does not set the sense of touch and smell, as well as sight and hearing, tingling"
-- "Daily Mail"
" He had a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precision"
" Lee was a poet whose deft passage into prose carried with it much of the rhythm and accuracy of the poet's language"
-- Mignon Khargie, Art Director of Salon
"From the Paperback edition."
Series: Vintage Classics Ser.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st October 2002
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.186