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September The Strand Magazine. The Sketch. The Illustrated London News. The Lady's Realm. Windsor Magazine. Cassell's Magazine. The English Review. The Studio. The Smart Set. North American Review. Everybody's Magazine. The Century Magazine. McClure's Magazine. Saturday Review. Pearson's Magazine. Pearson's Magazine and Good Housekeeping. The Bookman. The Golden Book Magazine. The New York Times.
July and August March to July The Literary Digest. October — December Sunday Express. The Saturday Evening Post. August — November February — April The New Yorker. December — April December — May May — June But then it is rare to find a story that is not very good. Feb 22, treva rated it it was ok. Okay, so I haven't actually read all the way through this yet still. I've kind of given up on it for now, because I'm tired of feeling like I'm just reading the same two or three stories over and over again.
A few are quite good; the stories of the spy are enjoyable. But too many of them follow one of two basic formulas: White guy loses his shit among the island natives; or, Pretty lady has like soooo many lovers y'all omg. Early 20th cent. England doesn't like brown people or sex, gotcha. Do Okay, so I haven't actually read all the way through this yet still.
Do I really need to hear this 65 times in a row? View 1 comment. Dec 24, Aeroglifo rated it it was amazing. What a ride. I knew little of Somerset Maugham besides his cool sounding name when I started reading. When I read a collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald short stories the line I was fed was that Babylon Revisited was his most celebrated one, as if if you read only that you'd get the full flavor of the author.
Of course that isn't true. By delving into an author's short stories I feel that you get to know him more deeply than by reading the same number of pages in one novel.
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In Maugham's case, the c What a ride. In Maugham's case, the celebrated story is the opening one in this collection - Rain - and like everything else which has its expectations built, it is satisfying but lacking. However, the tastefully short introduction of the book a rarity in itself, usually these go on and on says that the author itself planned these 65 short stories, in this very order, to be a showcase of his short story artistry.
This suggests, and I'm completely guessing, that Maugham put Rain in the beginning much like Hitchcock started to make his trademark cameos earlier in his movies, to get it out of the way so as not to distract the viewer from the art. And what art it is. Of course it's always all up to taste but Maugham's taste, tempo, build-up, compactness and, of course, language, which truly feels as french being channelled through english, never ceased to entrance me.
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I did not expect, when I began reading, that I would have the patience for over a thousand pages of an almost hundred year old work, but I simply couldn't put it down. Every story seems masterfully put together, with there never being any more or less written in the exposition, development and conclusion, the last one tending to be one page long, to great effect.
You could very well call Maugham's style cinematic. And I felt like in a few weeks of reading his stories that I accompanied him on his lifelong travels. His mastery of narrative writing will live on forever, long after his contemporaries - the modernists - have been forgotten, for he is truly timeless. May 08, Bailey Alexander rated it really liked it. Somerset Maugham was probably the 20th century's most popular novelist as well as the most successful of Edwardian playwrights. Yet the reader could be forgiven for feeling guilty or overwhelmed by the amount of cliche's sprinkled throughout his prolific portfolio.
Technically brilliant, supremely fine, yet, as George Santayana said, "they are not true; they are simply plausible, like a bit of a dream that one might drop into an afternoon nap. Maugham's craft was not carved without burden; his homosexuality, illegal in just about every country he traveled, and he did travel extensively, a stammer, and having lost his mother at 8 may have inspired his famous quote, "Jesus Christ could cope with all the miseries I have had to contend with in life.
But then, Jesus Christ had advantages I don't possess. Fortunately for us, his plays were heavily produced and many were made into movies; "Of Human Bondage" biographer's suggest tragic flaw was homosexuality disguised as club foot or was it the stammer? Gore Vidal ponders Terrifically famous and fabulous movies boasting top tier talent and beauty starring Bette David, Gene Tierney, Tyrone Power and George Saunders, to name just a few. Upon viewing you will no doubt feel some degree of self-pity as well as the wish to cringe in several scenes.
But no worries. You'll be so entertained, becalmed and enthralled with his words and his way, in fact, a mountain of cliche's shall cascade gently down into your very soul. Rapturous martyrdom will erupt and I guarantee, if you were contemplating the need to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you'll get over it. Gore Vidal suggests he's worthy of Jane Austin when he writes: "Most of us when we do a caddish thing harbour resentment against the person we have done it to, but Roy's heart, always in the right place, never permitted him such pettiness.
He could use a man very shabbily without afterward bearing him the slightest ill-will. The short story "Gigolo and Gigolette" is moving and remarkable on many levels; how cruel people appear that base their lives on the entertainment of others. Then Maugham painfully lays out the previous career of Stella and Cotman, desolate, as marathon dancers Snippet from "Gigolo and Gigolette" The bar was crowded.
Sandy Westcott had had a couple of cocktails and he was beginning to feel hungry. He looked at his watch. He had been asked to dinner at half past nine and it was nearly ten. Eva Barrett was always late and he would be lucky if he got anything to eat by ten—thirty. He turned to the barman to order another cocktail and caught sight of a man who at that moment came up to the bar. He had a thick mat of black, wavy hair, very sleek and shiny, brushed straight back from his forehead, and large flashing eyes.
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He spoke with great refinement, but with a Cockney accent. Likes to have a lay—down before the show, you know. Steadies the old nerves, she says. No one can do it but her, not from that height, I mean, and only five foot of water. He took this as a compliment. Stella was his wife. Of course she did the trick and took the risk, but it was he who had thought of the flames, and it was the flames that had taken the public fancy and made the turn the huge success it was.
Stella dived into a tank from the top of a ladder sixty feet high, and as he said, there were only five feet of water in the tank. Why, had a letter from an agent only this morning saying they wanted us to go to Deauville. He nodded to Cotman and left him. Eva Barrett sailed in with the rest of her guests. She had gathered them together downstairs. It was a party of eight. Paco Espinel was a young man who had run through his money and now made his living by arranging the turns with which the Casino sought to attract visitors. It was his duty to be civil to the rich and great. Mrs Chaloner Barrett was an American widow of vast wealth; she not only entertained expensively, but also gambled.
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And after all, the dinners and suppers and the two cabaret shows that accompanied them were only provided to induce people to lose their money at the tables. This also was business. Three times.
Sep 29, Kyle Muntz rated it really liked it. I didn't actually finish this, but read about 12 stories most of them at least 30 pages. I may come back some day, but for now I think I'll move onto Maugham's novels. Oct 19, Realini rated it it was amazing. Flotsam and Jetsam by Somerset Maugham You think living in a sunny climate, with luxuriant vegetation, birds of paradise and more will make you happy?
Think again! Malaya, Borneo, Sumatra- I love the very sound of the names, not to mention the paradise promised by the images of jungle, birds, the luxuriant abundance of fruits, exotique foods and much more. This short story is a reminder of the fact that we may feel that once we move to Borneo, California or a Caribbean Island we made it -but we wo Flotsam and Jetsam by Somerset Maugham You think living in a sunny climate, with luxuriant vegetation, birds of paradise and more will make you happy?
This short story is a reminder of the fact that we may feel that once we move to Borneo, California or a Caribbean Island we made it -but we would be wrong. Dead wrong. Positive Psychology and Daniel Gilbert in particular have proved that we live with a series of wrong stereotypes, in what regards future happiness, money, possessions, living on tropical islands and basking in the ever present sun.
In short, we would not be happier if we moved to Hawaii, Bahamas, Australia or any other such great place. People return to their base level of happiness and adapt to both good and negative events in their life. Lottery winners have been studied as well as individuals moving to California and other such sunny, enticing places and it was discovered that in spite of the commonly held belief that once we win a lot of money all our problems are over and happiness is here to stay- the unexpected truth is that we adapt to the riches and after a few months we return to the level of life satisfaction that we had had before buying the lucky ticket.
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In a few ways, Flotsam and Jetsam is a story that makes exactly this point. You can live in a Far Eastern Paradise and suffer from the same ailments that we know from home, Europe, etc. The same was proved by Ed Diener- when coming to a remote island for a few weeks, visitors enjoy it thoroughly, but if they come for a long time, the move is sure to highlight the shortcomings. You care less about the benefits of a beautiful beach and wonderful water. If you stay longer in one place, you notice the high prices after all, it is an island, far away from many resources , the blackouts, the sometimes scarce energy available and favorite food items, etc.
But as stated before, every place on Earth comes with advantages and some serious challenges. They have to live in poverty and this is how the visitor, who is also the narrator of the story, finds them. After the stranger is saved, he gets to know the odd couple better and finally we hear a story that has almost every ingredient in it: Outlandish, Far Eastern setting, love and hatred, with violence inserted in the thread of the plot.
Grange, before getting married had traveled to Malaya- as it was then known- with a theater company that went bankrupt. She met Mr.
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Grange who had been a handsome, appealing young man who talked about the exciting life in the jungle, before becoming The Enemy in the jungle. She marries him and they become ever more distant and isolated from each other, until another personage comes into the frame. Grange begins what looks like an affair without serious consequences, but then falls in love.
Flotsam and jetsam definition: the part of the wreckage of a ship and its cargo found floating on the water. Apr 20, Ken rated it really liked it. A bit more subtle than Updike's but all of what i read so far seem to imply life woes are based on infidelity.