Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
(Signet Classics)

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What is really striking about this book, and many like it--written by intellectual elites, is the placid assumption that just because the author's own life sucks, the rest of mankind must be living these lives of quiet desperation...Burn this book.
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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.
 

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W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was an English novelist and playwright. Maugham was famous as a dramatist before he was known for his novels and short stories. His clarity of style, the perfection of his form, and the subtlety of his thought, thinly veiled by a worldly cynicism made him an international figure. Among his novels are Of Human Bondage, The Moon and Sixpence, and The Razor's Edge.
 
Published March 1, 1992 by Penguin Classics. 637 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Romance, History, Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Robert McCrum on Jul 19 2014

In Aspects of the Novel, EM Forster wrote: "The final test of a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, of anything else that we cannot define." He might have been writing about W Somerset Maugham's masterpiece, Of Human Bondage.

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That's What She Read

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Reviewed by Michelle on Oct 25 2009

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves classics or character-driven books. Maugham makes the reader think, which is never a bad thing in my opinion. Like most classics, it is not an easy read but worth the struggle.

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Brothers Judd

Below average
on Sep 29 2014

What is really striking about this book, and many like it--written by intellectual elites, is the placid assumption that just because the author's own life sucks, the rest of mankind must be living these lives of quiet desperation...Burn this book.

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