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Orientations

W. Somerset Maugham

Book Overview: 

This is a collection showing W. Somerset Maugham's early attempt in the short story genre, which he comes to master as one of 20th century's best teller of tales.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .face was very pale, and it had quite a strange expression on it; he felt very sick.

'Thank you!' he said to the coroner's officer, and walked away. But after a few steps he turned back, touching the man on the arm. 'D'you 'ave many cases like that?' he asked.

'Why, you look quite upset,' said the coroner's officer, with amusement. 'I can see you're not used to such things. You'd better go to the pub. opposite and 'ave three 'aporth of brandy.'

'They seemed rather painful cases,' said Mr Clinton, in a low voice.

'Oh, it was a slack day to-day. Nothing like what it is usually this time of year.'

'They all died of starvation—starvation, and nothing else.'

'I suppose they did, more or less,' replied the officer.

'D'you 'ave many cases like that?'

'Starvation cases? Lor' bless you! on a 'eavy day we'll 'ave 'alf a dozen, easy.'

'Oh!' said Mr Clinton.

'Well, I must be getting on w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It was not as good as the other books written by author, but it being short stories was not painstaking to get through

Beim Wiederlesen fällt erst auf, wie sehr mich der Mann beeinflußt hat. Nicht unbedingt immer positiv.

Half a dozen moral tales slightly reminiscent of de Maupassant. These though feel a touch laboured. For example 'A Bad Example' is far too long for the moral, nowadays it would be quarter the length without losing anything.

This collection contains six stories by Somerset de Maugham: The Punctiliousness of Don Sebastian, A Bad Example, De Amicitia, Faith, The Choice of Amyntas, Daisy. These are some of his first attempts of writing prose and I was amazed to find his wit and priceless sarcasm even here. I really enjo...more