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La figura de Ah King, el criado chino, es tan sólo el pretexto para que el escritor nos introduzca en ese exótico ambiente constituido por las numerosas islas y enclaves coloniales situados en la llamada zona de los Estrechos y cuyo centro es Singapur. Y de su pluma bronta el relato, contrastado y realista, de unas vidas un poco perdidas y otro poco olvidadas cuyos destino La figura de Ah King, el criado chino, es tan sólo el pretexto para que el escritor nos introduzca en ese exótico ambiente constituido por las numerosas islas y enclaves coloniales situados en la llamada zona de los Estrechos y cuyo centro es Singapur. Y de su pluma bronta el relato, contrastado y realista, de unas vidas un poco perdidas y otro poco olvidadas cuyos destinos forman parte, más o menos conscientemente, de una época que ya ha entrado a formar parte de la Historia. Incluye los relatos: Ah King Huellas en la jungla La puerta de la oportunidad El pasado que vuelve Neil MacAdam La bolsa de libros


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La figura de Ah King, el criado chino, es tan sólo el pretexto para que el escritor nos introduzca en ese exótico ambiente constituido por las numerosas islas y enclaves coloniales situados en la llamada zona de los Estrechos y cuyo centro es Singapur. Y de su pluma bronta el relato, contrastado y realista, de unas vidas un poco perdidas y otro poco olvidadas cuyos destino La figura de Ah King, el criado chino, es tan sólo el pretexto para que el escritor nos introduzca en ese exótico ambiente constituido por las numerosas islas y enclaves coloniales situados en la llamada zona de los Estrechos y cuyo centro es Singapur. Y de su pluma bronta el relato, contrastado y realista, de unas vidas un poco perdidas y otro poco olvidadas cuyos destinos forman parte, más o menos conscientemente, de una época que ya ha entrado a formar parte de la Historia. Incluye los relatos: Ah King Huellas en la jungla La puerta de la oportunidad El pasado que vuelve Neil MacAdam La bolsa de libros

30 review for Ah King (Mi Criado Chino)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne Fenn

    Of course W Somerset Maugham is a powerful narrative writer. His five quite interesting stories here all tell of other people's lives, as a character recounts them. Set in Malaya in the 1950s, these are British lives lived in a bubble. The focus is on sexual tensions within relationships. Almost nothing emerges of their full situations and surroundings. Of course W Somerset Maugham is a powerful narrative writer. His five quite interesting stories here all tell of other people's lives, as a character recounts them. Set in Malaya in the 1950s, these are British lives lived in a bubble. The focus is on sexual tensions within relationships. Almost nothing emerges of their full situations and surroundings.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tessa Nadir

    "... dacă înseamnă să fii cinic când privești oamenii așa cum sunt, și zâmbești când îi vezi că sunt absurzi, sau te mâhnești fără să exagerezi, când vezi cât sunt de meschini, atunci să știi că eu sunt un cinic. În majoritatea lor oamenii sunt absurzi și meschini, dar dacă viața te-a învățat ce este îndelunga răbdare, vei avea ocazia de mai multe ori să râzi, decât să le plângi de milă." George Moon- Cealaltă față "... dacă înseamnă să fii cinic când privești oamenii așa cum sunt, și zâmbești când îi vezi că sunt absurzi, sau te mâhnești fără să exagerezi, când vezi cât sunt de meschini, atunci să știi că eu sunt un cinic. În majoritatea lor oamenii sunt absurzi și meschini, dar dacă viața te-a învățat ce este îndelunga răbdare, vei avea ocazia de mai multe ori să râzi, decât să le plângi de milă." George Moon- Cealaltă față

  3. 5 out of 5

    Doug Reed

    I picked this up at random in a used bookstore on a rainy day. I wish I could give it six stars. Lust, betrayal, reversals of fortune, crimes of passion... Every one of these stories is a gem.

  4. 5 out of 5

    elizabeth

    I have to say it's pretty funny to me that they called these romance stories, because they don't end happily for anyone. In typical Maugham fashion, they are about the intricacies and slow destruction of relationships, and the effect on the people involved. I'd already read "Footprints in the Jungle," "The Door of Opportunity," and "The Vessel of Wrath," as both have appeared in numerous other Maugham collections. The last two were entirely new to me. "The Book Bag" was especially surprising, giv I have to say it's pretty funny to me that they called these romance stories, because they don't end happily for anyone. In typical Maugham fashion, they are about the intricacies and slow destruction of relationships, and the effect on the people involved. I'd already read "Footprints in the Jungle," "The Door of Opportunity," and "The Vessel of Wrath," as both have appeared in numerous other Maugham collections. The last two were entirely new to me. "The Book Bag" was especially surprising, given the topic it dealt with. Like usual, Maugham shines through in his short stories, and all of these were as engaging and rife with interesting characters as I expected them to be. These stories often make me wonder just how fictional they really are, given the amount of time Maugham spent in the South Seas and how much gossip about the locals he picked up. Nonetheless, the world woven around the characters is usually sparse, focused on the characters, their emotions, and their story. Just the way I like it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gonzalo Oyanedel

    Escritos casi por diversión, los relatos que Somerset Maugham encierra bajo el título (que homenajea a su discreto sirviente en su viaje por Asia) son una muestra de su fina destreza a la hora de capturar ambientes y crear personajes, plenamente demostrada en "Servidumbre Humana" y aquí presente en historias que abren el exotismo oriental desde la perspectiva europea, obsesiva y a ratos torpe. Recomendable para quienes desean conocer a este singular novelista. Escritos casi por diversión, los relatos que Somerset Maugham encierra bajo el título (que homenajea a su discreto sirviente en su viaje por Asia) son una muestra de su fina destreza a la hora de capturar ambientes y crear personajes, plenamente demostrada en "Servidumbre Humana" y aquí presente en historias que abren el exotismo oriental desde la perspectiva europea, obsesiva y a ratos torpe. Recomendable para quienes desean conocer a este singular novelista.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hytham

    مجموعة قصص سطحية فكريا - في رأيي - ،... يمكن الاستفادة الوحيدة منها التعرف على أماكن غير مسبوقة للأحداث زارها سومرست !

  7. 4 out of 5

    Frances Nel

  8. 5 out of 5

    Soluca

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dan Edwards

  10. 4 out of 5

    Isabel

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zheng

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alix

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zézé

  14. 5 out of 5

    Saneseeker

  15. 5 out of 5

    D. E.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Crenny

  17. 4 out of 5

    Igorek L

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Vive

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anne Harvey

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gonçalo

  21. 5 out of 5

    Manik Sukoco

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie Gofton

  24. 4 out of 5

    Willem Bant

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vitalie Rotaru

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vladislav

  28. 5 out of 5

    Everett Darling

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nothing

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Grogan

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