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On a Chinese Screen

W. Somerset Maugham

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .English Church Mission and he was dressed in a grey tweed suit and a spotted tie. He sought to look as little like a clergyman as possible. He was a little taller than the average, but he was so fat that he looked stumpy. He had a round good-natured face, with red cheeks and a grey moustache of the variety known as toothbrush. He was very bald, but with a pardonable and touching vanity he had grown his hair long [37] enough on one side to be brought over the scalp and so give himself at all events the illusion that his head was well-covered. He was a jovial fellow, with a hearty laugh, and it rang out loudly, honest and true, when he chaffed his friends or was chaffed by them. He had the humour of a schoolboy and you could imagine him shaking in all his bulk when someone slipped on a piece of orange peel. But the laughter would be stopped, and he would redden, as it struck him suddenly that the man who slipped might have hurt himself, and then he would be all kindn. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This short book reads more like a series of journal entries than anything else, noting the differences in Chinese society at that time and how Westerners tend to cope with it. These are a series of snapshots into different individuals that could have been sketches for stories themselves. I've only e

★★½
This is the first Maugham I've read.
A collection of non-related essays on the people he met. Not purely Chinese, but most of them have some inkling with China.
Loved a few encounters with navy personnel towards the end.

Overall didn't find it much impressive.
Recommended: If you’re into writing and

Este livro, ao contrário dos outros que li do autor, não me conseguiu entusiasmar. Gostei da escrita, mas esta é sempre boa - acho que leria até uma receita culinária desde que passada para o papel por Mr. Maugham. Com certeza teria outro sabor. :D

Apesar do pouco entusiasmo, esta leitura serviu para

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