Appointment

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In a retelling of the classic Maugham tale, Abdullah, the very old servant of a merchant, recognizes Death disguised as an old woman and decides to try to put off his appointment with her by running away.

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Somerset Maugham's well-known short story "Appointment in Samarra" joins a recent spate of pompous picture books purportedly aimed at children but actually marketed to adults. Like others in this sub-genre, the book features lavish artwork printed on top-grade paper, but whose value for--and appeal to--the picture-book set is questionable at best. Set in Baghdad, this particular narrative tells of an elderly servant who one day sees "Death, disguised as an old woman," in the marketplace. The frightened man runs home, begs a horse from his master and flees to Samarra--although in the end he cannot escape his fate. Benjamin has done a workmanlike job of reducing the elements of Maugham's original to its essence, but the story's irony will sail over the heads of most young readers. And though Essley's illustrations exhibit some panache, his world--all tents and swirling draperies and shadowy corners--emerges as dim and spooky rather than atmospheric. For an adult, the combination works well; children, however, will most likely greet the book with a tepid response. Despite its trappings, this is hardly a classic, and those bent on accumulating fine titles for their children would do well to look elsewhere. All ages.
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