The Letter and Other Stories: Unabridged

The Letter and Other Stories: Unabridged

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This audiobook includes "Episode", "The Letter", "The Luncheon", "Mr Know-All" and "Princess September". "The Letter" centres around a posied, elegant murderess and a self-assured colonial world where men and women are caught between English values and the rich ambiguity of their more

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  • Audio cassette | 2 pages
  • 107 x 140 x 17mm | 134g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0141802154
  • 9780141802152

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This is an excellent collection of tales by one of the greatest short-story writers of his age, read by accomplished actors Tony Britton and Clive Francis. 'Episode' follows the progress of an unusual love affair to a surprising conclusion. It's a wonderful example of Maugham at his best, with a quizzical sideways way of looking at situations which seem quite ordinary. 'The Luncheon' is a gleeful tale of the sweetness of revenge. An impoverished young writer is forced to buy an exorbitantly expensive lunch for a somewhat older woman who claims to be a fan of his. When he meets her again 20 years later he discovers how she has been punished for her greed. 'Mr Know-All' is the funniest and also the most compassionate of the pieces. The odious Mr Kalada is a passenger on a liner travelling from San Francisco to Yokohama. The narrator, who is his cabin mate, relates how Mr Kalada annoys everyone on board with his insufferable habit of knowing best about everything. But when the conversation turns to pearls, and a self-satisfied husband claims that his wife's necklace is made of cultured, not real, pearls Mr Kalada unexpectedly reveals a streak of kindness. These and the other stories included are all clever and absorbing, neatly constructed with Maughan's trademark twists much in evidence. The reading style is perfectly suited to the text and immediately takes the listener back to the age of empire. Most enjoyable. (Kirkus UK)show more

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