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    DescriptionThis book includes an introduction by Paul Theroux. Somerset Maugham's success as a writer enabled him to indulge his adventurous love of travel, and he recorded the sights and sounds of his wide-ranging journeys with an urbane, wry style all his own. "The Gentleman in the Parlour" is an account of the author's trip through what was then Burma and Siam, ending in Haiphong, Vietnam. Whether by river to Mandalay, on horse through the mountains and forests of the Shan States to Bangkok, or onwards by sea, Maugham's vivid descriptions bring a lost world to life.


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    Title
    The Gentleman in the Parlour
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) W. Somerset Maugham, Introduction by Paul Theroux
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 175 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099286776
    ISBN 10: 0099286777
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FMB, 1FMT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23690
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000, BIO000000
    DC21: 915.90451
    BIC subject category V2: 1FMT, 1FMB
    Thema V1.0: QDHR, WTL
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    01 October 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St. Thomas' Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to literature. Of Human Bondage, the first of his masterpieces, came out in 1915, and with the publication in 1919 of The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established. At the same time his fame as a successful playwright and writer was being consolidated with acclaimed productions of various plays and the publication of several short story collections. His other works include travel books, essays, criticism and the autobiographical The Summing Up and A Writer's Notebook. In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965
    Review quote
    "There enough raw material to sate his imagination and the journey itself takes on the contours of a story worth recording. Among the coolly-observed descriptions of ruined pagodas there's the added treat of Maugham's catty thoughts on his craft" Sunday Herald (Glasgow) "Maugham's finest travel book...As the urbane novelist wends his way through tropic climes, he reads Proust under the mosquito netting, listens to stories of passion and madness from British colonials gone to seed, and bears up under the merciless sun, sipping at a gin and bitters and laying out a hand of solitaire" Washington Post "An elegant writer's notebook, imaginative, crammed with impressions and ideas received simply and directly, without the filtering screens of literariness or Englishness... he writes with majestic plainness" The Times "A delightful book - It contains vivid travel impressions, some autobiographical confidences, and the plots for a dozen novels" Spectator