A to Yokohama, Japan on the Pacific ocean. As the war had just ended, it was difficult to get accommodations. Therefore, the narrator had to share a cabin with a total stranger, but he expected him to be one of his own countrymen.
Oct 10, Polina Ponomareva rated it it was amazing This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A rich British merchant of Oriental origin, called Mr.
Kelada, meets a group of Westerners on a ship sailing across the Pacific Ocean. His cabin-mate is a nameless narrator that is a collective image of a typical Englishman has some prejudices about Mr.
He really dislikes Mr. Kelada seems to be extremely communicative, and sometimes even annoying, so nobody appreciates him very much.
One day he bets with Mr. Ramsey about the authenticity of pearls in the chain of Mrs. Due to this fact, he deserves the respect of the narrator. This story teaches us that appearances are deceptive.
Kelada was described as a hearty, jovial, loquacious and argumentative person. Passengers called him Mr. Know-All, even to his face, and this is a serious insult. Although, in an inconvenient situation he shows himself as a sympathetic and understanding person who was not afraid to tarnish his reputation for the sake of preserving the reputation of another person.
The story is told in the first person, but during the narrative his role in the story is changing. At the beginning of the story he is rather active and involved, but at the end his role is very small. He just describes what he sees.
What is more, there is no description of the narrator, even his name is not mentioned.
This is because the narrator is a typical and unremarkable Englishman, in the place of which everyone can appear. Moreover, the whole ship is an allusion to the real world; it is the collective image of our society. The moral of this story is rather simple and understandable.
Real pearls and cultured pearls look very similar.
But only a closer inspection can reveal what is real and what is imitation. The same goes for people. We all may be guilty of judging people by stereotypes rather than examining the true character of people and getting to know them as individuals.
To sum it all, I would like to say that this story makes you think. It reflects the realities of our world, and you can recognize yourself in the characters of this story. I would recommend it to everyone because it is worth reading and discussing.
Maugham In this review I am going to talk about is one of the best novels I have ever read. The story is written by a well-known writer of the twentieth century William Somerset Maugham.
The story takes place on a passenger ship sailing from San Francisco to Yokohama, shorty after the end of the First World War. The importance of the ship is that it is a closed environment. On land the narrator could have easily avoided Mr Kelada.
On a ship, this would be impossible.
The major theme of the story is prejudice. From the very first paragraph, the narrator expresses his negative feelings about the man with whom he must share a cabin on the ship.
At last something that Ramsay said stung him ,for he thumped the table and shouted. She was staring at him with wide and terrified eyes.In Mr Know-All, the whole meaning will be lost if the reader fails to see the narrator’s prejudice about Mr Kelada’s ethnic origins from the very first paragraph of the story.
The language (tone) of the story is formal and many of the descriptions of what it means to be British are sarcastic. In Mr Know-All by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of contempt, control, honour, change, ego, appearance and honesty.
Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that Maugham may be exploring the theme of contempt. "Mr.
Know-All" is a short story by W. Somerset Maugham. In it, the narrator describes part of an ocean voyage with his cabin mate, Mr. Kelada. The narrator doesn't like Kelada and spends the story. The narrator in Mr Know-All does not like Mr Kelada, even before he meets him and he prejudges Mr Kelada on this basis.
"I was prepared to dislike Max Kelada even before I knew him." Max Kelada is. After the author's introduction, the second of three stories by W. Somerset Maugham, called Mr. Know-All, with Nigel Patrick the title character, British shipmates Wilfrid Hyde-White, Naunton Wayne and Anne Crawford his victims, in producer Sydney Box's Trio, Mr.
W. Somerset Maugham. I was prepared to dislike Max Kelada even before I knew him. The war had just finished and the passenger traffic in the ocean going liners was heavy.