ON A CHINESE SCREEN is a sequence of remarkable vignettes of European residents in China just after the First World War -Westerners culturally out of their depth in the immensity of the Chinese civilization. Somerset Maugham, who traveled over a thousand miles up the Yangtse river, used his acerbic and insightful notes to write this fascinating book.
1 Day, 3 Days, 5 Days, 7 Days, 9 Days, 11 Days, 13 Days, 15 Days, 20 Days, 30 Days
W. Somerset Maugham
"William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.
His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays."