Somerset Maugham we have the theme of perception, gender roles, hope, independence, connection, identity, fear and self-importance. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Maugham may be exploring the theme of perception.
Thirty-one stories make up the Collected Stories of W. After a particularly work-heavy weekend I needed something I could sink into, something that could envelop me with lush descriptions of far-off lands and Maugham happy couple gone by. This short story anthology seemed like it would do the trick: I This is a hefty and imposing volume, heavy yet also compact in dimensions and in print.
I knew that Maugham had been a prolific writer of short stories, and I was eager to see what the author of the fantastic Of Human Bondage could do in this medium.
Maugham tends to write close to home, and as such, often retreads familiar ground. In reading these stories in quick succession like I did, this becomes all the more apparent. Even the glowing, fanboyish introduction from Nicholas Shakespeare warns that the stories in this book often feel formulaic or repetitive.
They focus on a central character and an episode in their life that is particularly important or even fantastic. With these character studies, Maugham seems interested in a few different themes.
He devotes a lot of time to understanding obsession and what it is about the human spirit that makes us unable to part with things—whether they are possessions, positions, or people.
But this is probably what makes Maugham such a great writer, and a particularly accomplished writer of short stories: The stories set in the Pacific islands catered to my interest in colonial and postcolonial fiction. Maugham toured this area during the Great War and the s, in the sunset years of the British Empire when its hold on its colonies was becoming more and more of a formality.
The stories depict a kind of tired administrative regime. Life on the islands is full of simple pleasures: Several of his stories involve marital conflicts brought about or exacerbated by affairs, and in these conflicts, Maugham ascribes sexual agency to both the men and the women involved.
As with any large collection, not all of these stories are created equal. And, with a few exceptions, they are all quite long for a short story: Not that this detracts from the quality of the stories, mind you, for Maugham uses this length to good ends. But after twenty or so of them, especially given their repetitive nature, I admit that the lustre was starting to fade.
Of Human Bondage was my only other experience with Maugham until now, and it floored me. This is essential reading, in whatever edition or form one finds it, for fans of Maugham.
Newcomers will also find it a fine introduction, albeit one that requires patience and tolerance for repetition.eBooks-Library publishes W. Somerset Maugham (William Somerset Maugham) and other eBooks from all genres of literature, both fiction and non-fiction, historical documents and sheet music, all of which are available on a subscription basis.
The Happy Couple The Kite A Man from Glasgow The Mother The Point of Honour The Romantic Young Lady. eBooks-Library publishes W. Somerset Maugham (William Somerset Maugham) and other eBooks from all genres of literature, both fiction and non-fiction, historical documents and sheet music, all of which are available on a subscription basis.
The Happy Couple The Kite A Man from Glasgow The Mother The Point of Honour The Romantic Young Lady. The Happy Couple by W. Somerset Maugham 17 May Dermot W. Somerset Maugham Cite Post In The Happy Couple by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of perception, gender roles, hope, independence, connection, identity, fear and self-importance.
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IMDb Mobile site. The Happy couple --Unconquered --Before the party --Yellow streak -- Thirty-one stories make up the Collected Stories of W. Somerset Maugham, as selected for this immaculate Everyman’s Library edition that I scored for free from my school library. After a particularly work-heavy weekend I needed something I could sink into, something that /5.
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