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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (19,816 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caitlin | 2/19/2014

    " I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to. I loved the title for a long time and I finally got around to reading it. I like part of the book very much. Philip's angst about what to do with his life, his feeling emotionally and socially crippled because of his own exaggerated deformity, and his intelligence that isn't serving him well, are all relatable. But all of the surrounding characters are unlikeable. It is not until the end of the book when he meets the Athleney family that some side characters can really be appreciated. I felt that Maugham was striving for realism but instead created a maudlin parody of it. The novel's strong points will stay with me, especially the wonderful existential philosophizing Philip does toward the end of the book. The epiphany only temporarily comforts him, but it does set the stage for him to finally be moving in a direction. He spent his youth moving from one thing to another and torturing himself with an unrequited love. It is one of the only books I have read where I don't want the love to be requited. Mildred is just a bad person. Philip's ability to be compassionate and self-sacrificing after the three ways she betrays him is neither a testament to love or a noble trait. It is acting out the self-destructive tendency that grew in him when he went to school and was made fun of for the club foot. I suppose I can recommend the book, but it just wasn't what I thought it would be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tawn | 2/17/2014

    " This book was hard to get through at times, but well worth it to me. Loved the sense of reality that came with the journey of the main character. Also it was filled with quotes that I would love to stitch on pillows if I did cheesy stuff like that... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 2/13/2014

    " This is another book I read very long ago but has left a lasting memory in my life. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marie Mcadory | 2/6/2014

    " Shoo. Pretty sure this one covers just about everything. "

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