Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage By W. Somerset Maugham, It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham, wrote Gore Vidal He was always so entirely there Originally published in 1915, Of Human Bondage is a potent expression of the power of sexual obsession and of modern man s yearning for freedom This classic bildungsroman tells the storyIt is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham, wrote Gore Vidal He was always so entirely there Originally published in 1915, Of Human Bondage is a potent expression of the power of sexual obsession and of modern man s yearning for freedom This classic bildungsroman tells the story of Philip Carey, a sensitive boy born with a clubfoot who is orphaned and raised by a religious aunt and uncle Philip yearns for adventure, and at eighteen leaves home, eventually pursuing a career as an artist in Paris When he returns to London to study medicine, he meets the androgynous but alluring Mildred and begins a doomed love affair that will change the course of his life There is no powerful story of sexual infatuation, of human longing for connection and freedom Here is a novel of the utmost importance, wrote Theodore Dreiser on publication It is a beacon of light by which the wanderer may be guided One feels as though one were sitting before a splendid Shiraz of priceless texture and intricate weave, admiring, feeling, responding sensually to its colors and tones With an Introduction by Gore VidalCommentary by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene. Of Human Bondage It is very difficult for a writer of my generation if he is honest to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham wrote Gore Vidal He was always so entirely there Originally published in

  • Title: Of Human Bondage
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham
  • ISBN: 9780375753152
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I fell in love with this book it spoke to me, and I will aways have a strong affection for it After three weeks of opening its pages virtually every night, I now find myself saddened that I can no longer turn to it How can anything else compare Of Human Bondage is a classic in every positive sense of the word Aside from The Brothers Karamazov, it is the only book I ve read, whereupon finishing, I was able to say to myself This novel is life itself it contains all of its complexities, emotions, a [...]

    2. A lot of this book is quite harrowing you know the drill, young boy orphaned and alone in the world and being brought up by people without affection Public school nightmares, a child with a deformity that causes him shame all his life.I was not surprised to learn that Maugham was homosexual, or bisexual, or trisexual or whatever it was that he was There are subtle hints to the fact throughout the book Young Philip, the central character rather than protagonist, I think as there is something of t [...]

    3. Has one of literature s great lines about reading Insensibly he formed the most delightful habit in the world, the habit of reading he did not know that thus he was providing himself with a refuge from all the distress of life he did not know either that he was creating for himself an unreal world which would make the real world of every day a source of bitter disappointment.

    4. I love the main character in this book so much, I was sad to say a final goodbye to him after spending 700 perfect pages with him Of Human Bondage is now among my favourite books of all times, inspiring so many reflections that my copy of the book is full of scrap paper with quotes and references.Somerset Maugham explains in his introduction that he felt compelled to write down this story as it was tormenting his memory, in order to free himself from the ghosts of the past It is not strictly aut [...]

    5. The following is American Idol judge Nicki Minaj s critique of Of Human BondageHello darling You know that I m completely obsessed with you right now I just want to say first of awll that your mustache is very becoming And that ascot gets me really hot and bothered It totally Does I ll be honest with you sweetie, it makes me think very naughty thoughts Now listen darling, I have 4 words for you This book is everything Seriously, sweetie, it s on another lev el It s completely beyond Your writing [...]

    6. I am sure you will agree with me that there are books one is better off reading when one is older and experienced On the other hand, there are also books one should have read 20 years earlier For me personally, Of Human Bondage belongs to the latter category It had been gathering dust on my father s bookshelf for years in German translation and I never thought about it To tell you the truth, this book crossed my path again because of The Goldfinch , an impressive Pulitzer winning Bildungsroman [...]

    7. What is the meaning of life Well, the answer seems to be hidden in a scrap of Persian rug.This is the story of an unforgettable fictional character named Philip Carey and his extremely tumultuous and tormented life from age 9 thru 30.Poor Philip is only nine years of age when his beloved mother dies in childbirth and he is sent off to the vicarage to live with his strict, overbearing Uncle William and loving Aunt Louisa Born with a club foot and small for his age, Philip is shy and embarrassed b [...]

    8. This book grew on me it sort of seeps into you Maugham is a good story teller and his characters are drawn well It is a story of obsession, desire and yearning for something beyond the ordinary run of life The hero, Philip Carey is not a conventional hero he has a difficult childhood, a club foot which deeply affects him, he s awkward and often uncomfortable with people We follow Philip from childhood, the death of his parents, living with his very religious aunt and uncle, boarding school, his [...]

    9. MISOGYNE BONDAGEFirst from Maugham s Self Loathing, Chauvinistic ClosetBefore discussing the title, my thoughts on this superb 1915 novel Reading it was a strain, slow moving until the protagonist Philip Carey went to Paris to study art, after which I found it fascinating, then infuriating and ultimately affirming That is to say, I loved the parts about art and Paris and his relationship with Fanny Price, the poor and talentless soul who committed suicide I detested his main love interest a unil [...]

    10. Of Human Bondage used to be under my re tired waiting until I m not too depressed shelf on it had no company What s the time before birth I m gonna say purgatory anyway Yeah, right Jump, Mariel, jump I m glad it is out of the way It s the uncomfortable conversations like religious people might feel if they are unstable in faith The glimpses when someone points out to you a fact weeeelll about yourself that pulls off every straggled hair as it is yanked off I started reading Of Human Bondage afte [...]

    11. I had no idea what Of Human Bondage was about going in I d heard vague, unreliable rumors and I expected a dense, difficult read, perhaps a philosophical mind bender or hell, by the title and date of its publication 1914 I wouldn t have been terribly surprised if it turned out to be a naughty Victorian era SM novel Can you imagine all those naked ankles Forsooth It s just a coming of age tale I m not even sure tale is the appropriate term considering how very autobiographical this book turns out [...]

    12. Man cannot live alone, for which he has to rely on others for satisfying some of his needs, as Aristotle said Man is by nature a social animal Friendship and love, that we find in the very society we often dislike for its ill elements, are the only motivations and comforts besides our beloved ones to help us survive Bonding, be in friendship or love, is how we find the people we want to be with and attach ourselves to them Like all men, Philip was born into this world where he wondered why he wa [...]

    13. This was my first Maugham book and I m very glad I was recommended it The story was essentially the coming of age story of an orphaned boy who was born with a clubfoot.He tries to find himself in many different ways and places in Germany, in Paris, in London etc I loved the parts of the novel which dealt with the Bohemian lifestyle in Paris It was basically the stereotypical image one gets when imagining poor, struggling, artists The characters I met in this section were among my favourites in t [...]

    14. Life seemed an inextricable confusion Men hurried hither and thither, urged by forces they knew not and the purpose of it all escaped them they seemed to hurry just for hurrying s sake The riches of the novel are in its characters there are many of all sorts and Somerset Maugham portrays his personages with the scrupulous psychological precision Of Human Bondage is written in the very lucid language so it is a great pleasure to read every sentence in the book Insensibly he formed the most deligh [...]

    15. Of Human Bondage is the Bildungsroman or the new beginning novel of W Somerset Maugham at the time, a work that is part of a long and distinguished line of such whose origin is in Germany which that debut training appeared in the eighteenth century.Philip is an orphan and lives in the presbytery with his uncle reverend and his aunt remained childless life is very austere He is sent to a religious boarding school where he learns the maliciousness of his schoolfellows that attracts his clubfoot, s [...]

    16. It is not very comfortable to have the gift of being amused at one s own absurdity p.350 What beautifully flawed and frustrated characters Maugham created in Of Human Bondage This book pulled me in quickly and I loved walking alongside Philip Carey, a boy born with a clubfoot and orphaned at a young age, as he struggled into adulthood Every character in this story, whether a major player or a minor one, is so real and raw they are all alive and despicable in their own authentic ways.Philip is se [...]

    17. When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes a part of me.Sometimes you re needlepoint focused, and at other times, everything is a blur Sometimes everything around you seems tainted and ugly, and yet you see the beauty in something as simple as wet leaves falling from a tree and attaching themselves in colorful lines to each board of your backyard deck And you wonder at the tru [...]

    18. Of Human Bondage is a Bildungsroman which frequently makes you groan and mentally exclaim Oh, no , only to blow you away with the power of its message and the perfection of its ending Over the course of the 656 page book, the main character, Philip Carey, a young orphan born with a clubfoot, takes many wrong turns, mostly because he has taken it into his head that he wants to live the life of a romantic hero He makes unwise career moves, recklessly spends money he should have saved, and gets obs [...]

    19. 4.5 starsIt has sometimes seemed to me that if the author can in no way keep himself out of his work it might be better if he put in as much of himself as possible William Somerset Maugham Of Human Bondage was written in 1915 following a philosophical theme that William Somerset Maugham was developing during his first novel It is Maugham s semi autobiographical novel.Philip Carey, born with a physically deformed foot, is orphaned at a very young age He is raised in the house of his stoic, rigid, [...]

    20. 4.5 I chose to read this doorstopper from 1915 because it appeared in The Novel Cure on a list entitled The Ten Best Novels for Thirty Somethings By happy accident, I was also reading it throughout its centenary year My knowledge of W Somerset Maugham s work was limited I had seen the 2006 film version of The Painted Veil but never read anything by him so I had no clear idea of what to expect I was pleased to encounter a narrative rich with psychological insight and traces of the Victorian novel [...]

    21. First of all, I would like to thank William for recommending this book.And also Mike and Heather for confirming how great this book is.After reading the book, We Are Not Ourselves, and speaking how it was so character driven, I was told how Of Human Bondage could pull some serious emotion from the characters as well A story that is successful at building three dimensional characters have this way of making you feel as though you are walking along with them through life, at least until this chara [...]

    22. O perfeito exemplo de como da singeleza se faz uma obra magnifica N o feito de palavras caras nem de gestos arrojados, n o prima por ter personagens que nos marcam pela coragem ou pela ousadia dos seus atos, nem tampouco temos o suficiente para odiar um ou outro bem, com a Mildred andei l perto O que nos atinge constatar que qualquer um deles tem um pouco de n s, da nossa sede de liberdade, da nossa f ria de ir mais longe, das nossas inseguran as, duvidas e medos, das grilhetas que nos tolhem e [...]

    23. It doesn t take much effort to decipher a point of distinction in one s existence when the naivet jolted out of its lugubrious slumber, shaken into reality groped for a meaning and a reason, previously un conceived and unexpected, aided by a book, ideas that shook the very base of a citadel made believe to have deeply entrenched roots only to be found suspended merely over fictional clouds floating in ether of one s prejudiced and over rated mystical, idealistic imagination Of Human Bondage by M [...]

    24. Oh Dear me, Why do you have to read a book to find some meaning out of it Why can t you just read it for the sake of reading the way it is narrated May be to appreciate an author s work if it appeals to you and to wonder how beautiful written word can be When I picked up this book, I was at first annoyed by the very slow start of it But gradually as I moved on, I started enjoying the narration Maugham has very strikingly captured the various facets of Philip, the protagonist, as he continues his [...]

    25. I ve come to the conclusion that in my life I ve done a lot of waiting Waiting for a school bell to ring, waiting to leave for vacation, waiting to go to university, waiting to hear back about that job, waiting to see a friend I haven t seen in months in short, waiting to live Because implicitly, any act of waiting is an act of not living That is, unless authors like Somerset Maugham write epic bildungsromans like Of Human Bondage and force us to remember, or at the very least to acknowledge, th [...]

    26. Considered as one of my admirable novels, this book is definitely worth reading Indeed I once had a Penguin paperback 40 years ago but, decidedly, gave it to a friend who wanted to read it therefore, when I had this secondhand version at the end of last May I hoped to enjoy reading this novel partially based on Maugham s life, its large thick fonts delight me all along its pages As for those newcomers who have never read him, this novel is highly recommended due to his superb writing with good d [...]

    27. Have you ever felt an author had stolen your thoughts and feelings and put them in a book I felt that way through this entire book.

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