Books: East of Suez

East of Suez

THE NARROW CORNER—W. Somerset Maugham—Doubleday, Doran ($2.50). Though Publishers Doubleday, Doran blurb The Narrow Corner as if it were another Of Human Bondage, it is not. Returning to that indeterminate East of which he has often yarned before, Author Maugham spins a tale that in less sardonic hands would be a melodrama. Eye-witness of the story is Dr. Saunders, an Englishman who for some English reason is a pariah to his kind and has become an opium-smoking, suspiciously bachelor dweller among Chinese. An able eye specialist, he has a...

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