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Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage

CD-Audio Tantor Unabridged Classics

By (author) W. Somerset Maugham, Narrator Steven Crossley

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 165mm x 43mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 8 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400119766
  • ISBN 13: 9781400119769
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,711,300

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One of the most widely read novels of the twentieth century, W. Somerset Maugham's masterpiece "Of Human Bondage" gives a harrowing depiction of unrequited love. Philip Carey, a sensitive orphan born with a clubfoot, finds himself in desperate need of passion and inspiration. He abandons his studies to travel, first to Heidelberg and then to Paris, where he nurses ambitions of becoming a great artist. Philip's youthful idealism erodes, however, as he comes face-to-face with his own mediocrity and lack of impact on the world. After returning to London to study medicine, he becomes wildly infatuated with Mildred, a vulgar, tawdry waitress, and begins a doomed love affair that will change the course of his life. First published in 1915, the semi-autobiographical "Of Human Bondage" combines the values left over from the Victorian era with the prevailing irony and despair of the early twentieth century. Unsentimental yet bursting with deep feeling, "Of Human Bondage" remains Maugham's most complete statement of the importance of physical and spiritual liberty, a theme that resounds more loudly than ever today.

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W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was an English playwright, novelist, and short story writer whose most notable works include "Of Human Bondage," "The Razor's Edge," and "The Gentleman in the Parlour." Steven Crossley is one of a select group of narrators who have recorded over two hundred audiobooks. He has won multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, including for "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" by Salman Rushdie and "Sharpe's Fury" by Bernard Cornwell.