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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

This is my second time through this collection of Maugham short stories, and in reading my review of the first, I think I was originally a bit harsh. Coincidently, I’ve started reading a book by Carl Sagan wherein he covers my original concerns about racism rather elegantly…

Society corrupts the b

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