Of Human Bondage: 100th Anniversary Edition

Of Human Bondage: 100th Anniversary Edition

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) W Somerset Maugham, Introduction by Benjamin DeMott

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  • Publisher: Signet
  • Format: Paperback | 704 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 170mm x 28mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 2 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0451530179
  • ISBN 13: 9780451530172
  • Edition statement: Anniversary ed.
  • Sales rank: 10,358

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From an orphan with a clubfoot, Philip Carey grows into an impressionable young man with a voracious appetite for adventure and knowledge. Then he falls obsessively in love, embarking on a disastrous relationship that will change his life forever.

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W. Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He afterwards walked the wards of St. Thomas's Hospital with a view to practice in medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), won him over to letters. Something of his hospital experience is reflected, however, in the first of his masterpieces, Of Human Bondage (1915), and with The Moon and Sixpence (1919) his reputation as a novelist was assured.His position as one of the most successful playwrights on the London stage was being consolidated simultaneously. His first play, A Man of Honour (1903), was followed by a procession of successes just before and after the First World War. (At one point only Bernard Shaw had more plays running at the same time in London.) His theatre career ended with Sheppey (1933).His fame as a short-story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, sub-titled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections.W. Somerset Maugham's general books are fewer in number. They include travel books, such as On a Chinese Screen (1922) and Don Fernando (1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealing The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949).W. Somerset Maugham became a Companion of Honour in 1954. He died in 1965.

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By Nada BN 23 Aug 2013 5

Phillip Carey is an eternal looser, a young man who wants to be more he is capable of: his greatest failure is in his hope to become an artist in Paris and only by lack of money he starts studying medicine which surprisingly at the end fulfills him and gives him the possibility to survive. Floating around in uncertainty, in trying and letting go he is also disappointed by a common waitress Mildred who never loves him but exploits his feelings and pity to leave him for the first more interesting lover and returns in tears when she has nowhere to go but even his most generous and kind help cannot prevent her from ending in prostitution. The end of the novel shoes that great life plans, hopes and expectations are mostly unreal and resignation is all that remains to grown ups - in finding work, a stable partner and relative calm in a modest life.

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