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On a Chinese Screen

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On a Chinese Screen by W. Somerset Maugham is a delightful collection of short stories that offer a glimpse into the complexities and contradictions of life in early 20th century China. Maugham's keen observations and wit shine through in each story, as he takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the crowded streets of Shanghai, the tranquil countryside villages, and the bustling ports along the Yangtze River.

Through vivid descriptions and engaging characters, Maugham explores themes of cultural clashes, human nature, and the allure of the exotic. His writing is both insightful and humorous, capturing the essence of Chinese society with warmth and sensitivity.

While some stories may feel dated in their portrayal of Chinese customs and traditions, overall, On a Chinese Screen is a compelling read that offers a unique perspective on a rapidly changing society. Maugham's storytelling skills and deep understanding of human emotions make this collection a memorable and thought-provoking read for anyone interested in Chinese culture and history.

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This is a non-fiction collection of Maugham's observations of life in Asia in the early 20th Century.

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