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The Trembling of a Leaf

W. Somerset Maugham

Book Overview: 

A collection of short stories on the South Sea Islands, among which are the famous "Red," "Rain," and "The Fall of Edward Barnard," the last of which contains the basic story of what came to be one of the most well-known among W. Somerset Maugham's novels, The Razor's Edge.

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Book Excerpt: 
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"How was he?"

Bateman was silent for a moment, and his handsome, sensitive face darkened.

"I'd sooner not speak about him, dad," he said at last.

"That's all right, my son. I guess your mother will be a happy woman to-day."

They passed out of the crowded streets in the Loop and drove along the lake till they came to the imposing house, an exact copy of a ch. . . Read More

Community Reviews

There's a politically incorrect expression used in this book, "going native," but that is a lot of what these stories are about.

Brits (mostly men) from the sun-deprived northern climes (and in one case, an American) arrive in the tropical South Pacific isles, mainly Tahiti, to shed their clothes an

My copy was an English language version, not the Spanish version listed here.

Maugham’s South Sea stories are wonderfully crafted. I can’t think of an equal at his time. Not only are they extremely illuminating as far as human nature goes, but the dialog seems very realistic and the settings are brea

Maugham, like my other favourite author, Graham Greene, walked the roads less travelled of the former British Empire, and like Green, was a spy, and a man with dark secrets and skeletons in his closet. What better person to write about flawed and vulnerable characters!

In these tales, occurring aroun

Nếu muốn suy nghĩ sâu sắc về cuộc đời thì nên tìm đến Mưa của Sormeset, gần như đọc truyện nào của ông cũng bắt gặp toàn bộ mình hoặc 1 phần của mình trong đó, đào sâu hơn người đọc còn thấy đôi chút ngậm ngùi, cay cay hoặc cực kì cay đắng (tuỳ thuộc vào việc mình thấy bản thân ở trong đấy nhiều hay

The colonial era in the South Pacific was filled with self-righteous imperialists whose own good opinions of themselves were only overshadowed by their racist opinions of the native inhabitants. Maugham, captures this aspect of life and places it up front in every story. I understand that attitudes

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