Renowned as a consummate novelist—having penned such classics as Of Human Bondage and The Painted Veil—W. Somerset Maugham also devoted himself to travel writing. In these vignettes selected by the author of The Open Road, Maugham chronicles his youthful excursion to Spain, his stint as a secret agent in Russia, his travels through China in the 1920s, and a trek through Southeast Asia.
”[Maugham is] an expert craftsman…. His style is sharp, quick, subdued, casual.” —New York Times