The Best Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham

The Best Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham

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About the Author: W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in Short Stories PDF ↠ He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician But writing was his true vocation For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays Maugham wrote at a time when experimental modernist literature such as that of William Faulkner, Thomas Mann, The Best PDF/EPUB ² James Joyce and Virginia Woolf was gaining increasing popularity and winning critical acclaim In this context, his plain prose style was criticized as such a tissue of clich s that one s wonder is finally aroused at the writer s ability to assemble so many and at his unfailing inability to put anything in an individual wayDuring World War I, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service He travelled all over the world, and made many visits to America After World War II, Maugham made his home in south of France and continued to move Best Short Stories MOBI ò between England and Nice till his death in .



10 thoughts on “The Best Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham

  1. Yulia Yulia says:

    I really didn t expect to like these but Maugham s style lies at this nice intersection of 19th and 20th century where you get the best of both Funny, observant, diverse Boom.


  2. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    I loved every single one of these stories Maugham never disappoints.


  3. Anatoly Anatoly says:

    The Voice of the Turtle by William Somerset Maugham is dedicated to the same topic, which is later used in his novel Theater The author presented his views about actresses.The main character of the story, an opera singer a bitchy, greedy, selfish, heartless woman who turns any conversation to discussion about her roles, plans, stories of her life and so on Under the magic of her talent, some people see her exactly the way she wants to be seen as an unselfish servant of art, a bright an The Voice of the Turtle by William Somerset Maugham is dedicated to the same topic, which is later used in his novel Theater The author presented his views about actresses.The main character of the story, an opera singer a bitchy, greedy, selfish, heartless woman who turns any conversation to discussion about her roles, plans, stories of her life and so on Under the magic of her talent, some people see her exactly the way she wants to be seen as an unselfish servant of art, a bright and pure creature Maugham wrote the novel Theater a few years after this story The two main characters which were revealed in his works represented the view of the writer for actresses as a type of personality Because Maugham was a rather famous and successful playwright, his point of view toward actresses was based on the experience of personal communication with them Nevertheless, the attitude of the writer towards the main character of the story wascomplicated He wrote at the end of the story people blame me because I rather like people who are a little worse than is reasonable She was hateful, of course, but she was irresistible This is the link to the text of the story


  4. Honza Prchal Honza Prchal says:

    The last story in the book is a marvel of craftsmanship, but is rather disappointing It surely appeals to forward looking modern and post modern types trying to think of themselves as sensitive and kind, but it alone among these works falls entirely flat to me.That such a well crafted story should fail to impress is indicative of just how solid this short story collection is Maugham s fault is, if anything, that he is too full of sympathy, seeming to judge the world harshly, but ready to make The last story in the book is a marvel of craftsmanship, but is rather disappointing It surely appeals to forward looking modern and post modern types trying to think of themselves as sensitive and kind, but it alone among these works falls entirely flat to me.That such a well crafted story should fail to impress is indicative of just how solid this short story collection is Maugham s fault is, if anything, that he is too full of sympathy, seeming to judge the world harshly, but ready to make an excuse The Voice of the Turtle shows off the obvious to Jews, Christians, and post Jews and Christians virtues of such an approach, making the diva at the center of the tale farapproachable without making her any less of an abusive, if entertaining, wretch of a human being, and one understands why the primary secondary character, the young author, excuses all her troubles as the worst injustices and persecutions, even as one expects her to scorn him the moment he ceases to be of use, or flattering, to her.Similarly, The Alien Corn manages to be deeply tragic.I suspect preppies and wanna bes of both decent and wicked temperaments could learn a lot about the vagaries of fate and methods of climbing and holding the top spot on the greased pole of society from this sad and perceptive author.Those appreciative of the craft of short stories could do worse than to closely examine Maugham s work


  5. Scott Scott says:

    Brilliant collection of classic short stories.Before this, I had read Of Human Bon dage, The Moon Sixpence, and The Razor s Edge, and I really enjoyed all three This was the first I had read of Maugham s short stories, though, and the man was truly a master of the short tale just as much as the novel While many of the stories do feature an O Henry esque turn at the end, they are not nearly as plot oriented or sentimental as Henry s Maugham s tended to be much deeper andpsychological Brilliant collection of classic short stories.Before this, I had read Of Human Bon dage, The Moon Sixpence, and The Razor s Edge, and I really enjoyed all three This was the first I had read of Maugham s short stories, though, and the man was truly a master of the short tale just as much as the novel While many of the stories do feature an O Henry esque turn at the end, they are not nearly as plot oriented or sentimental as Henry s Maugham s tended to be much deeper andpsychological revelations, ones which illuminate profound and surprising truths of a character s nature What I particularly love is that nearly all of them have a slow burn quality Maugham s stories take their time to flesh out the characters, but obviously in brief enough fashion for the short story format However, this efficiency robs the stories of none of their power It is merely that their strength often truly emerges at the very end I found the wait well worth it for almost every story here.Of the 17 stories here, several are outstanding, such as The Vessel of Wrath, The Voice of the Turtle, and Rain Even the weaker orovertly humorous ones are very good This was a great collection by master storyteller Highly recommended for any who enjoy good short stories that can each be read in one or two short sittings


  6. Ci Ci says:

    I put it on re read because I am still working through the collection Each story will have its own ranking in stars as past experience with Maugham indicates a varied range of my own reading preference 10 2015 Facts of Life 3 stars A father gave three advices for his son for his first trip to Monte Carlo don t gamble, don t lend money, don t get tangled with woman Very much along the same advices as Polonius for Laertes Would the Fate and Youth mock back the reasoned and seasoned Old I put it on re read because I am still working through the collection Each story will have its own ranking in stars as past experience with Maugham indicates a varied range of my own reading preference 10 2015 Facts of Life 3 stars A father gave three advices for his son for his first trip to Monte Carlo don t gamble, don t lend money, don t get tangled with woman Very much along the same advices as Polonius for Laertes Would the Fate and Youth mock back the reasoned and seasoned Old Of course they would Amusing as it is, the story is a light piece of vignette


  7. Bryson McCheeseburger Bryson McCheeseburger says:

    Not sure if this is the same version of what I have, but I got this one in Taiwan at a used book store It only has four short stories in it, but for my first time reading Maugham I am addicted already Rain, Red, Honolulu and The Four Dutchmen were all great short stores, all of which I thought could have easily been full novels in themselves, but Maugham intended them to be brief, important glimpses into the lives of these people Of the four, Red completely blew me away One of the best short Not sure if this is the same version of what I have, but I got this one in Taiwan at a used book store It only has four short stories in it, but for my first time reading Maugham I am addicted already Rain, Red, Honolulu and The Four Dutchmen were all great short stores, all of which I thought could have easily been full novels in themselves, but Maugham intended them to be brief, important glimpses into the lives of these people Of the four, Red completely blew me away One of the best short stories I have read in a long time Hope to findby Maugham in my travels


  8. Paulo Muller Paulo Muller says:

    UMA ESTRANHA AVENTURA WILLIAM SOMERSET MAUGHAM TRAD S MIRANDAAUTOR ES Maugham, W Somerset, 1874 1965 Guilherme, Paulo, 1932 2010, il Miranda, S., trad.PUBLICA O Lisboa Editorial Organiza es, 1956DESCR F SICA 125, 2 p., 2 f 16 cmCOLEC O O livro de bolso 1


  9. Liz Liz says:

    I just love W Somerset Maugham This was a nice collection of stories, quite a few of which I hadn t read before.


  10. Jay Jay says:

    This just grabbed me in grade 10


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10 thoughts on “The Best Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham

  1. Yulia Yulia says:

    I really didn t expect to like these but Maugham s style lies at this nice intersection of 19th and 20th century where you get the best of both Funny, observant, diverse Boom.


  2. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    I loved every single one of these stories Maugham never disappoints.


  3. Anatoly Anatoly says:

    The Voice of the Turtle by William Somerset Maugham is dedicated to the same topic, which is later used in his novel Theater The author presented his views about actresses.The main character of the story, an opera singer a bitchy, greedy, selfish, heartless woman who turns any conversation to discussion about her roles, plans, stories of her life and so on Under the magic of her talent, some people see her exactly the way she wants to be seen as an unselfish servant of art, a bright an The Voice of the Turtle by William Somerset Maugham is dedicated to the same topic, which is later used in his novel Theater The author presented his views about actresses.The main character of the story, an opera singer a bitchy, greedy, selfish, heartless woman who turns any conversation to discussion about her roles, plans, stories of her life and so on Under the magic of her talent, some people see her exactly the way she wants to be seen as an unselfish servant of art, a bright and pure creature Maugham wrote the novel Theater a few years after this story The two main characters which were revealed in his works represented the view of the writer for actresses as a type of personality Because Maugham was a rather famous and successful playwright, his point of view toward actresses was based on the experience of personal communication with them Nevertheless, the attitude of the writer towards the main character of the story wascomplicated He wrote at the end of the story people blame me because I rather like people who are a little worse than is reasonable She was hateful, of course, but she was irresistible This is the link to the text of the story


  4. Honza Prchal Honza Prchal says:

    The last story in the book is a marvel of craftsmanship, but is rather disappointing It surely appeals to forward looking modern and post modern types trying to think of themselves as sensitive and kind, but it alone among these works falls entirely flat to me.That such a well crafted story should fail to impress is indicative of just how solid this short story collection is Maugham s fault is, if anything, that he is too full of sympathy, seeming to judge the world harshly, but ready to make The last story in the book is a marvel of craftsmanship, but is rather disappointing It surely appeals to forward looking modern and post modern types trying to think of themselves as sensitive and kind, but it alone among these works falls entirely flat to me.That such a well crafted story should fail to impress is indicative of just how solid this short story collection is Maugham s fault is, if anything, that he is too full of sympathy, seeming to judge the world harshly, but ready to make an excuse The Voice of the Turtle shows off the obvious to Jews, Christians, and post Jews and Christians virtues of such an approach, making the diva at the center of the tale farapproachable without making her any less of an abusive, if entertaining, wretch of a human being, and one understands why the primary secondary character, the young author, excuses all her troubles as the worst injustices and persecutions, even as one expects her to scorn him the moment he ceases to be of use, or flattering, to her.Similarly, The Alien Corn manages to be deeply tragic.I suspect preppies and wanna bes of both decent and wicked temperaments could learn a lot about the vagaries of fate and methods of climbing and holding the top spot on the greased pole of society from this sad and perceptive author.Those appreciative of the craft of short stories could do worse than to closely examine Maugham s work


  5. Scott Scott says:

    Brilliant collection of classic short stories.Before this, I had read Of Human Bon dage, The Moon Sixpence, and The Razor s Edge, and I really enjoyed all three This was the first I had read of Maugham s short stories, though, and the man was truly a master of the short tale just as much as the novel While many of the stories do feature an O Henry esque turn at the end, they are not nearly as plot oriented or sentimental as Henry s Maugham s tended to be much deeper andpsychological Brilliant collection of classic short stories.Before this, I had read Of Human Bon dage, The Moon Sixpence, and The Razor s Edge, and I really enjoyed all three This was the first I had read of Maugham s short stories, though, and the man was truly a master of the short tale just as much as the novel While many of the stories do feature an O Henry esque turn at the end, they are not nearly as plot oriented or sentimental as Henry s Maugham s tended to be much deeper andpsychological revelations, ones which illuminate profound and surprising truths of a character s nature What I particularly love is that nearly all of them have a slow burn quality Maugham s stories take their time to flesh out the characters, but obviously in brief enough fashion for the short story format However, this efficiency robs the stories of none of their power It is merely that their strength often truly emerges at the very end I found the wait well worth it for almost every story here.Of the 17 stories here, several are outstanding, such as The Vessel of Wrath, The Voice of the Turtle, and Rain Even the weaker orovertly humorous ones are very good This was a great collection by master storyteller Highly recommended for any who enjoy good short stories that can each be read in one or two short sittings


  6. Ci Ci says:

    I put it on re read because I am still working through the collection Each story will have its own ranking in stars as past experience with Maugham indicates a varied range of my own reading preference 10 2015 Facts of Life 3 stars A father gave three advices for his son for his first trip to Monte Carlo don t gamble, don t lend money, don t get tangled with woman Very much along the same advices as Polonius for Laertes Would the Fate and Youth mock back the reasoned and seasoned Old I put it on re read because I am still working through the collection Each story will have its own ranking in stars as past experience with Maugham indicates a varied range of my own reading preference 10 2015 Facts of Life 3 stars A father gave three advices for his son for his first trip to Monte Carlo don t gamble, don t lend money, don t get tangled with woman Very much along the same advices as Polonius for Laertes Would the Fate and Youth mock back the reasoned and seasoned Old Of course they would Amusing as it is, the story is a light piece of vignette


  7. Bryson McCheeseburger Bryson McCheeseburger says:

    Not sure if this is the same version of what I have, but I got this one in Taiwan at a used book store It only has four short stories in it, but for my first time reading Maugham I am addicted already Rain, Red, Honolulu and The Four Dutchmen were all great short stores, all of which I thought could have easily been full novels in themselves, but Maugham intended them to be brief, important glimpses into the lives of these people Of the four, Red completely blew me away One of the best short Not sure if this is the same version of what I have, but I got this one in Taiwan at a used book store It only has four short stories in it, but for my first time reading Maugham I am addicted already Rain, Red, Honolulu and The Four Dutchmen were all great short stores, all of which I thought could have easily been full novels in themselves, but Maugham intended them to be brief, important glimpses into the lives of these people Of the four, Red completely blew me away One of the best short stories I have read in a long time Hope to findby Maugham in my travels


  8. Paulo Muller Paulo Muller says:

    UMA ESTRANHA AVENTURA WILLIAM SOMERSET MAUGHAM TRAD S MIRANDAAUTOR ES Maugham, W Somerset, 1874 1965 Guilherme, Paulo, 1932 2010, il Miranda, S., trad.PUBLICA O Lisboa Editorial Organiza es, 1956DESCR F SICA 125, 2 p., 2 f 16 cmCOLEC O O livro de bolso 1


  9. Liz Liz says:

    I just love W Somerset Maugham This was a nice collection of stories, quite a few of which I hadn t read before.


  10. Jay Jay says:

    This just grabbed me in grade 10


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