Many of the stories are like epigrams - they are witty, and have amusing, often surprise-twist endings.
I especially liked "The Voice of the Turtle" about an opera singer; "Mr Know All" (about the know it all on the Trans Atlantic trip); "A String of Beads" (which was so incredibly witty and also meta); and "Louise" (which was dry and droll in all the best ways, very Nancy Mitford - or is Nancy Mitford very Somerset Maugham?)
Collected Short Stories: Volume 1 by W. Somerset Maugham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Some of these short stories are difficult to read in their overtly racist characters and tone (I don't know enough about Maugham to know if he shared the views of some of his characters or not). Others were delightfully dry and droll. Many were like epigrams: short - pithy - with a witty punch or twist of surprise at the end. I enjoyed those the best.
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