Description : From the love affair between a missionary and a drunkard to the mystery surrounding a death at sea, this collection gives a warm and humourous insight into life and history of life in the colonies and stands as a superbly entertaining and compelling testament to Maugham's skill and power as a short story writer.
Description : Far Eastern Tales is a collection of short stories born of Maugham's experiences in Malaya, Singapore and other outposts of the former British Empire. Whether portraying a ship-borne flight from a lover's curse, murder in the jungle, or a marriage shattered by a past indiscretion, they all reveal Maugham at his best - sometimes caustic, sometimes gently comic, but always the shrewd and human judge of character and soul.
Description : Helpless Imperialists enquires into the relation between imperial exposure, fear, radicalization and violence and highlights moments of peripety bringing imperialist grandeur to collapse.
Description : A BUMPER COLLECTION - FIVE VOLUMES of ORIENTAL and EASTERN FOLK and FAIRY TALES. Five classic East Asian Folklore books totaling 1,646 pages with 237 illustrated stories many of them in colour! Includes the tales of Aladdin and the 7 Voyages of Sinbad. Within this unique collection are 5 classic books containing 237 folk tales from the Orient, the East and Far East at 60% OFF! * A CHINESE WONDER BOOK - 15 Chinese Folk and Fairy Tales * JAPANESE FAIRY TALES 38 Japanese Folk and Fairy Tales * THE CHINESE FAIRY BOOK - 73 Chinese Folk and Fairy Tales * THE ARABIAN NIGHTS - 11 of their Best Known Tales including the tales of Aladdin and the Voyages of Sinbad * A HUNDRED VERSES FROM OLD JAPAN or the Hyaku-nin-isshiu 'Single Verses by a Hundred People' 100 short, illustrated, poems written in the Tanka style. All volumes are illustrated - three books in full colour. Check out the link for a FREE EXCERPT DISCOUNTED BY 60% meaning you SAVE, SAVE, SAVE
Description : Quite in Theo. Gift's best vein are these stories adapted from the Birth Stories of Buddha. They teem with wit and satire-which will be fully appreciated by both adults and the children for whom they are written.Some of the tales seem strangely familiar, despite-or in consequence of-their Eastern origin. As is well known, many-nearly all, in fact-of the tales that have been told to children through the Ages are derived from the simple folk-lore of the imaginative Orient, and hence it is that a definite connection may be traced between the Birth Stories of Buddha and the nursery tales so dear to our own childhood. It suffices to say that these fairy tales, excellent in themselves, are rendered all the more entertaining on account of the choice illustrations from the brush of 0. Von Glehn, and the tasteful binding and general get-up of this latest addition to the mystic lore of nurserydom. Once more it is shown how much greater are the privileges of the child of to-day than those enjoyed by a former generation. "Of the books for youthful readers which year by year herald the return of Christinas, some rather more than average specimens have reached us. Fairy Tales from Ike Far East by Theo. Gift, are culled from Professor Rhys David's translation of the Birth, Stories of Buddha. They are skillfully arranged and adapted for the use of children by Theo. Gift. Each little tale, or fable, contains some simple homely moral." - Westminster Review
Description : WITH 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.
Description : Following on from the phenomenal success of NECRONOMICON comes ELDRITCH TALES. Howard Phillips Lovecraft died at the age of 47, but in his short life he turned out dozens of stories which changed the face of horror. His extraordinary imagination spawned both the Elder God Cthulhu and his eldritch cohorts, and the strangely compelling town of Innsmouth, all of which feature within these pages. This collection gathers together the rest of Lovecraft's rarely seen but extraordinary short fiction, including the whole of the long-out-of-print collection FUNGI FROM YOGGOTH. Many of these stories have never been available in the UK! Stephen Jones, one of the world's foremost editors of dark fiction, will complete the Lovecraft story in his extensive afterword, and award-winning artist Les Edwards will provide numerous illustrations for this must-have companion volume to NECRONOMICON.
Description : In his day, W. Somerset Maugham was most celebrated as a playwright, and the breadth of his ability is manifested in this collection of his most popular plays. Included here are the noirish mystery The Sacred Flame, the hilarious satires The Circle, The Constant Wife, and Our Betters, and the sharp-witted drama Sheppey. Whether suspenseful or acerbically witty, these plays take a sly look at the idiosyncrasies and hypocrisies of their time.