The Gentleman in the Parlour (Paperback)

By Somerset W. Maugha

Orchid Press, 9789748299587, 276pp.

Publication Date: July 10, 2006

List Price: 18.00*
* Individual store prices may vary.


The Gentleman in the Parlour is Maugham's tale of travel through Burma, Indochina and Siam in the 1920's, told with all of the empathy and sharp-eyed observation of human nature for which the author eventually became legendary. The idea of the journey had come on a voyage from Colombo, from a fellow passenger who had spent five years in Kengtung, and who "said he would sooner live there than anywhere else in the world." When Maugham asked him what it had offered him, he replied, "contentment." And Maugham captured, in his own inimitable style, the spirit of the people and places he chose to describe.