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  • The Travel Books [the Far East and Spain] – Somerset Maugham

    The Travel Books [the Far East and Spain] – Somerset Maugham

    A triple serving of Maugham … On a Chinese screen; The Gentleman in the Parlour and Don Fernando.

    Thick octavo, 148, 170 and 146 pages of Maugham on the move. Published by Heinemann, London in 1955. A sign of age on the dust jacket edges, otherwise a very good copy especially given its age.

    “The Gentleman in the Parlour” records a journey from Rangoon to Haipong … real Somerset Maugham territory and (as he says) is an exercise in style.

    “On a Chinese Screen” is a reflection on his travels in China during 1920.

    “Don Fernando”, almost self explanatory, is a Maugham Spanish classic. Whilst included under this “Travel” umbrella it is a historical account set in the times of Velasquez and El Greco … and obviously Don Fernando.

    Somerset Maugham perhaps at his best in the East with a helping of Spain thrown in …


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