He leaves his betrothed, the beautiful and devoted Isabel. He studies philosophy and religion in Paris. He lives as a monk. He witnesses the exotic hardships of Spanish life. All of life that he can find - from an Indian Ashrama to labor in a coal mine - becomes Larry's spiritual experiment as he spurns the comfort and privilege of the Roaring '20s.
Maugham's theme is the contrast of spiritual content between Larry and the growing materialism and sophistication of those he left behind - and the surprising irony of where both of those paths lead.
©2003 W. Somerset Maugham; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This book was well ahead of it's time, as the West had not embraced Eastern thinking by this point. The author did a great job of inserting himself into the narrative just enough to add credence to the storyline. Larry is a beautiful, naive , simple, yet complex being. I love the book.
The audio performance is excellent.
War and Peace in that it effortlessly transports the listener to a France of society and class.
A Journey to Success
The character accents as exceptionally well done.
This was a decent audibook, kept me interested, watching the 1944 film now, the film is a bit too compressed. I bought this on on the $4.95 sale but I would pay full price after reading it. The book is concerned with meaning of life themes, like the "Circle of Iron Film" written by Bruce Lee before his death, also like many Herman Hess novels.
It was a great story. Each character had something in which I could relate to. The reader was excellent. This book persuaded me to downloaded a couple other books by W. Somerset Maugham. Ill keep listening.
These many parallel stories of each persons pursuit of happiness balances, without judgment, the mean seeking with the higher calling of God on the hearts of all men.
It opens, for those with ears to hear, that larger possibility.
I found the book to be a bit of a bore and the perspective that the author took to describe the main charactor was not ideal. The spiritual journey is a personal one and the view should be from an internal perspective. That would have been far more insightful and enjoyable than this spectators view.
I could totally relate to Larry and his spiritual quest, but as I said above, it would have been a better book told through "his" perspective instead of the author's.
I thought that Michael Page did an outstanding job on this performance.
This book was probably more interesting when it was first published. Now we are all so familier with the religions of the East, namely Hinduism and Buddhism, the book is quite dated. There are a few good lines and it is quality writing, but were it published today, I doubt it would be nearly as popular.
One of the best
His voice and expression captured the characters and the tone of the story very well. Enjoyable to listen to.
Yes - I did listen to it frequently and wanted to return as soon as possible.
A truly unique story - fills in from the Bill Murray movie.
Profoundly inspirational story
This is one of my favorite books. I read it annually. Having it read to me was a joy.
It was a mistake to have a British narrator speak the american character's dialogue without attempting an accent...The author also did not capture my attention with the plot or charaters at all.
I felt compelled to write a review because I wanted to counter the one above - to offer a different perspective. I appreciate that this book was moving to some; however, I found this book to be boring and the narrator annoying. I didn't finish it.
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