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Of Human Bondage | [W. Somerset Maugham]

Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage is one of the greatest novels of modern times, and it is certainly Maugham's greatest achievement. It was published in 1914, when Maugham was at the height of his creative powers. The story concerns Philip Carey, afflicted at birth with a club foot, and his passionate search for truth in a cruel world. We follow his growth to manhood, his educational progress, his first loves, and the wrenching tragedies and disappointments that life has in store for him. In some of the finest prose of the 20th century, Maugham has presented us with the timeless story of one man's search for the meaning of life.
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Of Human Bondage is one of the greatest novels of modern times, and it is certainly Maugham's greatest achievement. It was published in 1914, when Maugham was at the height of his creative powers. The story concerns Philip Carey, afflicted at birth with a club foot, and his passionate search for truth in a cruel world. We follow his growth to manhood, his educational progress, his first loves, and the wrenching tragedies and disappointments that life has in store for him. In some of the finest prose of the 20th century, Maugham has presented us with the timeless story of one man's search for the meaning of life.

One of the main themes of the novel is the concept of ambivalence: how we are simultaneously attracted to - and repulsed by - people, objects, thoughts, and actions. Although this was not a new concept in 1914, in the hands of Maugham it was raised to a pitch of literary perfection.

Maugham thought of himself essentially as an entertainer, not as a moral philosopher or preacher. There is in his work an objective cynicism that is almost shocking at times. It is almost embarrassing to read Maugham's frank description of Philip Carey's innermost thoughts and Mildred Roger's callous disregard for anything that does not contribute to her narrow sensuality. But in the end, it is as an entertainer that we enjoy Maugham. His lively conversations and vivid descriptions will keep you listening in fascination.

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    W Perry Hall Mobile, AL 01-22-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Of Human Bondage (Goin' Downton Abby)-Cello ovrlay"

    For whatever reason, the publisher decided to ruin the audible edition of this fine Somerset Maugham novel by a constant cello doggedly droning and frequently flaring.

    I'd describe it as a cross between the background music often associated with a 1930s radio drama and what I'd imagine as the score from a Victorian-themed adult flick, say, something like "Going Downton Abby."

    I couldn't enjoy the book for all the noise. In fact, I feel sick right now thinking about it.

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    "Yes - this is a masterpiece."
    Where does Of Human Bondage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dark but with all the fascinating complications of human relationships.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Of Human Bondage?

    Growth through painful defeats.


    What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love the English accent!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several times I was moved.


    Any additional comments?

    Because I lead a busy life - I do not have the time to sit and read books like "Of Human Bondage" by Somerset Maugham. Through Audible I take my iPad to each room with me as I get my household chores completed. It is a delight to enter into the world of these classic novels through Audible.

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