The Narrow Corner

The Narrow Corner

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by W. Somerset Maugham
     
 

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Three men voyaging together in a small vessel--an exiled doctor, a disreputable sea captain, and a young man fleeing from justice--are driven to take shelter on a small island in the Malay Archipelago. Their lives are soon shattered by a strange, exotic girl of English parentage, but oriental in her mystery.

The story contains humor and wit, exact and incisive

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Three men voyaging together in a small vessel--an exiled doctor, a disreputable sea captain, and a young man fleeing from justice--are driven to take shelter on a small island in the Malay Archipelago. Their lives are soon shattered by a strange, exotic girl of English parentage, but oriental in her mystery.

The story contains humor and wit, exact and incisive observation of character and an ironical philosophy that mark this tale as another Maugham classic.

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"Maugham is a great artist.... A genius." —Theodore Dreiser "An expert craftsman . . . His style is sharp, quick, subdued, casual." —New York Times "[Maugham] has given infinite pleasure and left us a splendor of writing which will remain for as long as the written English word is permitted to exist." —Daily Telegraph "The modern writer who has influenced me most is Somerset Maugham"--George Orwell"Maugham remains the consummate craftsman . . . [Hid prose is] so compact, so economical, so closely motivated, so skillfully written that it rivets from first to last." —Saturday Review of Literature   "It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham. . . . He was always so entirely there." —Gore Vidal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307816160
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/15/2012
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
401,971
File size:
2 MB

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