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Ssibile una vicenda di a di fuga e di morte che lascia spossati come una febbre tropicale Ed è lui a farci attraversare uesto monsone romanzesco avvolgendoci nei fumi del suo stesso op. It is wonderful as is everything by maughum i've found so far He seems to write with no regard for what a novel is supposed to look like and yet at the same time he has the literary euivalent of an interior clock or perfect pitch The timing pacing and scope always seem just right even when they're not remotely similar to those of any other novelist I know of There is natural flow almost as in a kind automoatic writing which is not to say there is anything incoherent about his novels The narrator is a minor presence but one with a persona and personality an observer who is intrigued by character and seeks to get at the nut of each person Like Forster pray tell because he's so gay he has an interesting kind of clinical interest in the hetero romances; he portrays them without communicating their passion and yet with his own passionate interest in them as thingsencounters Another thing I love about Maughum is his treatment of eastern spirituality Rather than trying to incorporate it in to the worldview of a culture he sees as so drastically apart he introduces the theme by having characters who are reading the Upanishads the Baghavad Gita etc They hold forth on why they love those works and then because that sensibility has been introduced the authornarrator is able to sneak in the sensibility without it seeming so alien I also love Maughum's subject the foreigner abroad The characters are dislocated and therefore willing to connect with strangers His characters are conummate outsiders and therefore observers; again the theme of gayness seemes here submerged but evident as well Ask a Midwife tropicale Ed è lui a farci attraversare uesto monsone romanzesco avvolgendoci nei fumi del suo stesso op. It is wonderful as is everything by maughum i've found so far He seems 100 People Who Made History to write with no regard for what a novel is supposed Orchid Moon to look like and yet at The House of Rajani the same The Water's Edge time he has The Road Home the literary euivalent of an interior clock or perfect pitch The The Road Home timing pacing and scope always seem just right even when The New High Protein Healthy Fast Food Diet they're not remotely similar Everyday Sports Injuries to The Baby Doctor those of any other novelist I know of There is natural flow almost as in a kind automoatic writing which is not Zafarnama to say Ghalib: The Man, The Times there is anything incoherent about his novels The narrator is a minor presence but one with a persona and personality an observer who is intrigued by character and seeks All You Who Sleep Tonight: Poems to get at Bombay Stories the nut of each person Like Forster pray कुछ अटके, कुछ भटके tell because he's so gay he has an interesting kind of clinical interest in Pickpocket the hetero romances; he portrays Testemunha Mortal them without communicating Conspiracy in Death their passion and yet with his own passionate interest in The Immortal Throne them as Just Because I Made Love to You Doesn't Mean I Love You thingsencounters Another Arion and the Dolphin thing I love about Maughum is his Arion & The Dolphin: A Libretto treatment of eastern spirituality Rather Vanishing Acts: New and Selected Poems, 1985-2005 than For the Love of India: The Life and Times of Jamsetji Tata trying Goa: A Daughter's Story to incorporate it in The Tea Gardens to City Improbable: Writings on Delhi the worldview of a culture he sees as so drastically apart he introduces Unbound: Indian Women @ Work the Beyond The Last Blue Mountain: A Life Of J. R. D. Tata theme by having characters who are reading India Through the Lens: Photography 1840-1911 the Upanishads Vishwamitra the Baghavad Gita etc They hold forth on why On Wings of Butterflies they love ফেলুদা সমগ্র ২ those works and Style Your Perfect Wedding then because Half a Rupee Stories that sensibility has been introduced Playing Hardball the authornarrator is able Havens Knight to sneak in Haven's Knight the sensibility without it seeming so alien I also love Maughum's subject The Darkest Evening of the Year the foreigner abroad The characters are dislocated and Flying by Night: Book 1 of the Coven of the Jeweled Dragon therefore willing The Spy Who Loved Me to connect with strangers His characters are conummate outsiders and Errar é Divino therefore observers; again Harry Clarke With Bonus Performance: Lillian the Emerging India: Economics, Politics and Reforms theme of gayness seemes here submerged but evident as well

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Pio finché fatti e moventi sino a un attimo prima oscuri non diventano d’improvviso «chiari come i disegni geometrici del uaderno di un bimbo – uadrati rettangoli cerchi triangoli. I had not heard of this book by Somerset Maugham but it is as good as all his others He combines great story tellng character building and debating moral issues like no other writer I have ever read

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In Acue morte che di Maugham è il romanzo perfetto è un medico drogato radiato dall’Albo a suo agio «solo nella futilità» a guidare per piccoli tocchi fingendo di assistervi impa. This is a Somerset Maugham Far Eastern tale set in what was part of the British Empire and also for much of this story in the Dutch Empire near current day IndonesiaThe settings are wonderfully exotic and capture the tropical atmosphere of plantations and foliage There are a small host of characters and one feels the tensions between them In each their own way they all appear ill adjusted to their environment and have warped at being so far removed from their homeland and transplanted to rule in a foreign land Maugham is superb at portraying human foibles Nobody is perfect in a Maugham story I do feel the observant and detached Dr Saunders is Maugham himselfAs a warning there are racist remarks throughout which was characteristic of the era this was written in 1932 But Maugham wrote about Europeans and how their behavior became transformed by their new environment not about the native inhabitants He examines at times philosophically the lives of these colonialists There is a taunt mystery throughout as the characters unravel


10 thoughts on “The Narrow Corner

  1. says:

    Often a dinner invite by an old chum is the best you know the host and probably the company Food will be fine as well as the setting Why rumble with unknowns given your mood Hence I wanted to read the last unread MOM for meUnderrated unread today MOM at his bestInspired by Conradin a Malaya state Indonesia probably arrive 3 outcasts each w a shady past captain of the boat a discredited doctor and a beautiful rich boy The heat is killing ; everyone has a stiffy How to repress? The catalyst is the stunning daughter of a planterwhose Danish beau is sorting stuff outno don't askMOM avoids all cliches and all sentimentality He delivers his finest most brutal finaleherein superior writing Nephew Robin says unkie called this his ueer novel though no one noticed anything odd on pub 1932 and it had 2 film versions At end the rich boy sighs Life fills me with horror The characters cannot escape the unreality of their lives or their wickedness There is no escape


  2. says:

    This story is set out on the sea and on small islands of Southeast Asia Doctor Saunders a British trained doctor and eye specialist living in China Fred Blake the son of an Australian politician needing to be whisked out of public view the skipper Nicholls and his crew are onboard a lugger A lugger is a small sailing ship Doctor Saunders having performed an eye operation on Takarna an island of what was then the Dutch East Indies and now Indonesia is seeking passage home to Fu Chou China where he lives An arrangement is made whereby he gets free passage on the sailing vessel if he will treat skipper Nicholls’ dyspepsia ailment Fred Blake is already onboardThe story can best be described as character sketches of the three mentioned above and a couple of characters met on the trip We meet a Dane and a Swedish family of three—grandfather son and granddaughter Beside the Australian the characters are Europeans who have by preference settled themselves in the East This makes them interesting right off the bat One smokes opium another translates obscure Portuguese poetry The Lusiads another is devoted to the study of Eastern philosophy and has a nutmeg plantation One is curious to understand why the Australian is onboard The Dane is to be married and then arrive the strangers on the boat None of the characters are ordinary; one cannot help but be curious to know about each What each one says and does and thinks fits perfectly who they are The book is a study of strangers that meet up spend a short time with each other and then partIn my view it is less important to compare where the story starts and how it ends than to watch how the characters interact with each other I enjoyed observing how each one behaves so differently when faced with the same event Each behaves according to their own character There is a storm and a sea burial and a love affair Watch how each one behaves I found myself laughing when I should not logically have been laughing Yeah I laughed at the sea burial This is due to Maugham’s lines and how he draws the scenesThe audiobook is extremely well narrated by David Thorpe Each of the characters have an English accent that is a little bit different each one reflecting their country of origin The skipper the English doctor the young Australian Blacks the crew the Dane and the Swedes are all easily discernible The accent is perfect for each all except for one The Swedish grandfather is said to have a high treble voice but I cannot imagine an old man sounding as he does His voice is sort of a sueak A listener is never in doubt as to who is speaking and Thorpe flips from one to the other with ease and without error I think the narration is worth five stars; the old Swedish man does not speak that often I think maybe one may enjoy the story by listening to Thorpe than by reading the text; the narration is that good Thorpe dramatizes but he does not overdo it not ever My ratings of Maugham’s books Then and Now 5 starsMrs Craddock 4 starsCakes and Ale 4 starsThe Painted Veil 4 starsThe Verger 4 starsLiza of Lambeth 3 starsThe Razor's Edge 3 starsThe Summing Up 3 starsThe Gentleman in the Parlour A Record of a Journey from Rangoon to Haiphong 3 starsThe Magician 3 starsUp at the Villa 3 starsChristmas Holiday 3 starsCatalina 3 starsThe Narrow Corner 3 starsAshenden 3 starsTheatre 2 starsThe Moon and Sixpence 2 starsOf Human Bondage 2 starsThe Merry Go Round 1 star Books and short stories by Maugham still to be read Rain and Other South Sea Stories currently readingThe Constant Wife Don Fernando


  3. says:

    This is a Somerset Maugham Far Eastern tale set in what was part of the British Empire and also for much of this story in the Dutch Empire near current day IndonesiaThe settings are wonderfully exotic and capture the tropical atmosphere of plantations and foliage There are a small host of characters and one feels the tensions between them In each their own way they all appear ill adjusted to their environment and have warped at being so far removed from their homeland and transplanted to rule in a foreign land Maugham is superb at portraying human foibles Nobody is perfect in a Maugham story I do feel the observant and detached Dr Saunders is Maugham himselfAs a warning there are racist remarks throughout which was characteristic of the era this was written in 1932 But Maugham wrote about Europeans and how their behavior became transformed by their new environment not about the native inhabitants He examines at times philosophically the lives of these colonialists There is a taunt mystery throughout as the characters unravel


  4. says:

    It is wonderful as is everything by maughum i've found so far He seems to write with no regard for what a novel is supposed to look like and yet at the same time he has the literary euivalent of an interior clock or perfect pitch The timing pacing and scope always seem just right even when they're not remotely similar to those of any other novelist I know of There is natural flow almost as in a kind automoatic writing which is not to say there is anything incoherent about his novels The narrator is a minor presence but one with a persona and personality an observer who is intrigued by character and seeks to get at the nut of each person Like Forster pray tell because he's so gay? he has an interesting kind of clinical interest in the hetero romances; he portrays them without communicating their passion and yet with his own passionate interest in them as thingsencounters Another thing I love about Maughum is his treatment of eastern spirituality Rather than trying to incorporate it in to the worldview of a culture he sees as so drastically apart he introduces the theme by having characters who are reading the Upanishads the Baghavad Gita etc They hold forth on why they love those works and then because that sensibility has been introduced the authornarrator is able to sneak in the sensibility without it seeming so alien I also love Maughum's subject the foreigner abroad The characters are dislocated and therefore willing to connect with strangers His characters are conummate outsiders and therefore observers; again the theme of gayness seemes here submerged but evident as well


  5. says:

    For me one of life's pleasures is reading or rereading Somerset Maugham The luster of his prose never dulls; his ability to capture a character vividly always intrigues He never does this with anything as prosaic has a physical description or He Said but rather by revealing a telling thought or action Thus it was with happy anticipation that I opened THE NARROW CORNER Once again Maugham carries us to the far corners of the world and introduces rare characters who meet aboard ship a lugger to be exact We meet Dr Saunders an opium addicted medic who has lived and practiced in Fu chou for 15 years He is an easy man to get along with observant and non judgmental Right and wrong were no to him than good weather and bad weather He took them as they came He judged but he did not condemn He laughed Saunders is paid a sizeable sum of money to go to Takana to perform surgery on a nearly blind former patient It turns out to be an incredible journey both on sea and land The lugger is a rather sad vessel captained by Nichols an unsavory character happy to be escaping from his nagging missus Saunders finds but one other passenger on board Fred Blake a mysterious young man It seems that Nichols had been retained to take Blake to sea Following a horrendous storm the ship puts in at a small island Kanda formerly a center for spice trade Here they not only find refuge but the beginnings of a dark drama They meet a meager few islanders who are barely making a living yet seem content with their lot Among them is a beautiful young woman Louise What follows is unexpected emotional upheaval and death Maugham sprinkles his narrative with descriptions of the tropical island so vivid that one can almost feel the heat To read this author is to recognize a master at work and to read one of his short novels such as THE NARROW CORNER is simply to leave one wanting Enjoy Gail Cooke


  6. says:

    This is one of my favourite stories by WSM I like it first and foremost because it reminds me of when I worked in Indonesia during the Timor crisis in 1999 WSM is a master at evocative descriptions of landscape and culture and reading this story you are transported to the South China sea with its thousands of islands all different and yet all imbued with the mystery of the east and the easy going nature of people in the tropics But the potential for violence still slumbers beneath the surface and can be triggered if the people feel they are the victims of injusticeBeyond that WSM's novel takes the reader back to an earlier time before WWII and the Cold War when travel was much demanding and yet perhaps charming certainly reuiring engagement The characters he depicts so well and with such an eye to humour are the characters of that time although they certainly exist in a somewhat different guise today The story itself is an excuse to take the reader on a sea voyage but it nevertheless manages to hook the reader and doesn't fail to deliver drama humour and suspense right until the very end


  7. says:

    A uick romp around the southern seas Excellent character painting philosophic ramblings and the ending was taut I don't need to tell you that the writing is exuisite do I?Opening All this happened a good many years ago4 The Moon and Sixpence5 Of Human Bondage4 The Razor's Edge4 The Painted Veil3 The Magician3 Ashenden4 Collected Stories3 The Narrow CornerCR The Trembling of a Leaf ebook


  8. says:

    Somerset Mom does magic with the words and humour is subtly placed around various characters Most of the conversation is philosophical Dr Saunders sets out on a long journey to treat a patient Adventurous sea voyage post the treatment becomes tempestuous forcing the Dr to land on a uiet and uaint east Asian island where the drama unfolds amid a confluence of strangers belonging to different nationalities Dr appears to be closeted gay as time and again he is enamoured by the handsome rich and young Australian boy on board the lugger whereas displays indifference towards a beautiful island girl There is good degree of suspense if only the story was as captivating as the wonderful writing


  9. says:

    I had not heard of this book by Somerset Maugham but it is as good as all his others He combines great story tellng character building and debating moral issues like no other writer I have ever read


  10. says:

    Sultry shady and sexy I could ponder its moral code but the exterior the backdrop of Southeast Asia in the early twentieth century is engrossing enough Everyone in this book is guilty of something and no one can be trusted yet three men find themselves in each other's presence all needing something from one another At the end of the road lies an even deceptive female who nearly brings all of them to their knees Also contains an opium smoking seuence that is so lucid and spiked with seduction you start to wonder if Maugham didn't chase the dragon a little himself


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