My sister’s birthday present beat my copy of The Summing Up to the door. She got me The Narrow Corner, a Maugham from 1932. It was even made into movie at the time; it’ll probably be a pain to track it down. I do really like the idea of doing this very commercial effort though as the first Maugham book. I also have no idea how I wanted to talk about the works. None of my reading blogs were successful, except Comics Fondle and I spent years getting that one functioning. I read the first page of The Narrow Corner; Maugham does a really nice move of delaying place when establishing time. Not for long—just to the end of the page—but there’s some bulk exposition in between. He asks readers to try and imagine on their own setting for a paragraph or two, then one ups them.