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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,728 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Moon and Sixpence, one of Maugham’s best-known and loved novels, is a fictionalized biography of the artist Paul Gauguin. The stand-in character for Gauguin is Charles Strickland who deserts his wife and children to become a painter. In Paris, he is indifferent to the friendship offered by a fellow artist, Dirk Stroeve; but it is Stroeve and his wife Blanche who take Strickland in when he falls ill. Strickland again devastates those around him by running away with Blanche, who has fallen in love with him. In reality, he has no use for Blanche except as the model for a painting and upon the painting’s completion, abandons her as well.

The Moon and Sixpence is one of Maugham’s most enduring character studies, it has been read and enjoyed for generations.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mickey | 2/17/2014

    " One of the better Maughams. I loved reading about art, even though Maugham was merciless about Gaughin's life. (Somerset Maugham) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 2/17/2014

    " hated Charles Strickland like the selfish Undine Spragg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/7/2014

    " Reading this book, my first time reading Maugham, I do understand why he is no longer widely read compared to other English writers of the early 20th century. The narrative is highly character-driven, with minimal action, and most of the characters are, frankly, detestable. However, I found this novel interesting if read as a study in the genders at their very worst. The dialogue and actions of the female characters reveals an acute misogyny; however, even as a feminist, I was struck by how accurate I found many of the observations of female behavior. Of course, the men in the novel are widely despicable themselves, particularly Strickland, based closely on the notoriously misanthropic Paul Gauguin. This book is a museum of the grotesque, but I found the characters interesting because they were caricatures of both men and women's worst qualities--and not inaccurate ones. It was a very quick read, and worth a look if you've never read Maugham before or are interested in gender or character study. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Buff | 1/18/2014

    " Maugham is my favorite author. I fear his name and reknown might make his books seem unapproachable and difficult to read because they are considered English literature. Not so! I love his books because while they are obviously fine writing, they are so easy to read and understand. So much "literature" is written in obscure style-to me anyway- Maugham writes clearly and beautifully. "

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