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One of the most potent short stories in the Western Lit canon: Rain, by Somerset Maugham.
A Pacific island quarantined during the tropical wet season. Two couples in the same building as a prostitute. One husband and wife are missionaries. One a mild-mannered doctor and his wife. The doctor is the narrator of this story best illustrating the powerful struggle between a man's religious beliefs and nature (man's natural desires). If you have not read it, I won't spoil for you one of the most dramatic last few pages in literature. Prayers and faith can fortify the spirit, but they cannot stop the rain.
Mr. Crossley does an excellent job narrating Rain and Other Stories, by, in my humble opinion, one of the most underrated writers in Western Literature, W. Somerset Maugham.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
An absolutely delightful set of short stories, each with its own unexpected ending. I loved this audiobook! Steven Crossley reads them brilliantly and brings the characters to life. The only negative is that each story is followed too quickly by the next so there is no time to savour the ending. Apart from this - a wonderful listening experience.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
'Well written' seems a rather weak compliment when applied to Somerset Maugham's shimmering prose. Beautifully evoked portrayals of the frailties of human life in the early 20th century tropics. Includes some of the greatest short stories of all time. Beautifully read too. I immediately downloaded another audio collection of his and am transfixed again. Wonderful!