The Moon and Sixpence

The Moon and Sixpence

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By (author) W Somerset Maugham

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 164 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 208mm x 10mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 20 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486446026
  • ISBN 13: 9780486446028
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  • Sales rank: 59,795

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"Witty, compelling." -- "The Boston Globe." Gripped by an overwhelming obsession, Charles Strickland, a conventional London stockbroker, decides in midlife to desert his wife, family, business, and civilization for his art. One of Maugham's most popular works, "The Moon and Sixpence" is a riveting story about an uncompromising and self-destructive man who forsakes wealth and comfort to pursue the life of a painter. Drifting from Paris to Marseilles, Strickland eventually settles in Tahiti, takes a mistress, and in spite of poverty and a long, terminal illness, produces his most passionate and mysterious works of art. Loosely based on the life of Paul Gauguin, Maugham's timeless masterpiece is storytelling at its best -- an insightful work focusing on artistic fixation that propels the artist beyond the commonplace into the selfish realm of genius.

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