The Moon and Sixpence

The Moon and Sixpence

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

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 192mm x 14mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 31 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400167582
  • ISBN 13: 9781400167586
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,367,956

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Based on the life of Postimpressionist artist Paul Gauguin, "The Moon and Sixpence" builds on a long tradition of European writing about the South Pacific as an exotic locale. It also marks the transformation of British writer W. Somerset Maugham from celebrated playwright to accomplished novelist. In "The Moon and Sixpence," Charles Strickland is a respectable London stockbroker who decides in middle age to abandon his wife and children and devote himself to his true passion: art. Strickland's destructive desire for self-expression takes him first to Paris to learn the craft of painting, and finally to Tahiti in the South Pacific. "The Moon and Sixpence" remains a complex and engaging novel echoing Maugham's own struggles between artistic expression and public respectability, and between his public persona and private life.

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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.