Monday, April 28, 2014

Reader's Diary #1115- W. Somerset Maugham: Rain

If I was to tell you that I read a short story about a sanctimonious religious man who harshly judges a prostitute, you'd probably guess that in the end, it would be revealed that the man turned out to be a hypocrite. And, in this case, you'd be right.

If W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" is salvaged at all from what would have even been predictable back when it was written, I'd say it was by the setting (you don't get a lot of stories set in the American Samoa) and by the fact that the religious man, Mr. Davidson, while certainly dislikable from the onset in his judgmental colonial remarks, does not appear to be a hypocrite at that point. The rain presents a picture of overwhelming pressure that seems to have a subtle hand in making him fall. Of course, rain is as natural as natural can be, and perhaps Maugham was making a point in that regard. Mr. Davidson didn't really stand a chance.


Unknown said...

I'm not really a big fan of Maugham, but the short story sounds quite interesting. And thank you for the inspiration to create "Short Story Monday", I posted my first installment recently. (And hopefully my English is bearable. For a German. *g*)


John Mutford said...

Schlafendes: I can't say if I'm a fan of Maugham's yet or not as this is the only thing I've read by him. However, it has neither deterred me nor excited me to read anything further.

And I'm excited to have someone else taking part in Short Story Monday again!