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“[Of Human Bondage] was an entirely new departure. Maugham, who usually cultivates a fastidious detachment, shows in this work a personal commitment that was unusual, sweeping the reader up in his own passionate intensity. Compelling and uncompromising, written with an unflagging energy and drive, the work could hardly be more different from any he had previously published . . . The story closely follow[s] the events of Maugham’s early life, with at its centre the terrifying experience of a masochistic sexual obsession.” —from the Introduction by Selina Hastings --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artist, he settles in London to train as a doctor where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a tortured and masochistic affair.
From the Trade Paperback edition. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
I have to give this novel an ultimate rating. I was so moved by it, albeit depressingly mostly, but there is no denying how powerful it is. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Sweet
One of the best novels I've ever read. Limpid prose, otherworldly character development, beautiful imagery and interspersed with moments of contemplation and reasoning that will... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marvyy
Worth reading one of the best by Somerset Maugham. It involves you and you follow with trepidation the life of Philip Carey you feel you want to guide him and stop him taking... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rosette Farrugia
Love coming of age stories and this one did not disappoint . So many life lessons in this story. Any age can relate.Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Bacque