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by William Somerset Maugham

eBook The Moon and Sixpence: A Novel download ISBN: 1103346385
Author: William Somerset Maugham
Publisher: BiblioLife (February 4, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 316
ePub: 1747 kb
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Rating: 4.9
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers and Suspense

The Moon and Sixpence is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham first published in April 15th, 1919.

The Moon and Sixpence is a novel by W. It is told in episodic form by a first-person narrator, in a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker, who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist. The story is in part based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin.

Not unlike Maugham, who was born in 1874, published his first novel in 1897, aged 23, and made his first trip to the . But for some reason, I found his harping on about the immaturity of his younger self in this novel a bit irritating.

But for some reason, I found his harping on about the immaturity of his younger self in this novel a bit irritating. Somerset Maugham, told in episodic form by the first-person narrator as a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character, Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker who abandons his wife and children abruptly t. . Somerset Maugham, told in episodic form by the first-person narrator as a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character, Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist. The story is said to be loosely based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin.

The moon and sixpence Ten Novels and their Authors.

The moon and sixpence. William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St Thomas' Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to letters. Ten Novels and their Authors.

Fortunately, there is no need for me to risk the adventure, since my friend, Mr. Edward Leggatt, an able writer as well as an admirable painter, has exhaustively discussed Charles Strickland's work in a little book which is a charming example of a style, for the most part, less happily cultivated in England than in France.

The Moon and Sixpence is a short novel of 1919 by William Somerset Maugham based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. The story is told in episodic form by the first-person narrator as a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character, Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist.

William Somerset Maugham. The Moon and Sixpence. An uncompromising and self-destructive deserts his wife, family, business, and civilization for his art. Shedding harsh light on an artist's ego, Maugham reveals the lengths to which one man will go to focus on his art. Written in 1919, this unforgettable story is timeless in its appeal.

Strickland was in a good humour, and when Dirk Stroeve came up and sat down with us he attacked him with ferocious banter. But after all when I look back upon that winter in Paris, my pleasantest recollection is of Dirk Stroeve. There was something very charming in his little household. He and his wife made a picture which the imagination gratefully dwelt upon, and the simplicity of his love for her had a deliberate grace.

The Moon and Sixpence book Also the tone of the novel tends to get slightly misogynistic in places.

The Moon and Sixpence book. By the end of the book, Maugham's narrator somewhat loses his grip over the reader and I could picture him in my mind floundering around the island of Tahiti, interviewing the people who came in contact with Strickland, trying to piece together a story. He finds himself in the position of the biologist, who has to figure out from a bone, not only a creature's body, but also its habits. Also the tone of the novel tends to get slightly misogynistic in places.

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Comments: (7)
Kigabar
Perhaps this novel should have a warning label underneath the title "Warning: may cause you to re-evaluate your life" because that was my experience of this masterpiece.
The plot is loosely based on the life of Gaugin, a famous painter but even if you are fairly ignorant of his work you can still be deeply moved by this novel.
Charles Strickland is a middle aged man with a sound profession and a respectable family. He throws all this away to become an artist. First he goes to Paris where he lives in poverty and squalor and destroys at least two other people who just happen to cross his path then after further misadventures he lands in Tahiti and there he paints his masterpieces.
What really made this book for me was the sense that even though Strickland had thrown his life away and lived in appalling poverty and degradation his life was more meaningful and even beautiful as a result than if he had stayed a respectable middle class man. The idea of a life spent pursuing beauty at whatever cost is intoxicating and I've never come across a writer who can convey what this means better than W. Somerset Maugham.
Highly recommended.
Thetalune
A dreadful misogynist who left his wife and 3 kids without remorse or a smidgen of regret in his mid-40s to pursue the painter's life in Paris, stole the wife of another painter who committed suicide when he rejected her as no longer necessary. Ultimately, he moves to Tahiti to live, paint masterpieces, marry a young native girl and die a leper.

Maugham's interesting study based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin is partly a mockery of society's willingness to turn sinners into saints and partly a sober look at the artist's lifelong pursuit of "beauty" and its costs to both himself/herself and to loved ones.

I'd recommend it if you like Somerset Maugham, which I do, even though he was somewhat of an old lady in temperament. Warning too: it's fairly sexist -- one example, "Women are strange little beasts,... You can treat them like dogs, you can beat them till your arm aches, and still they love you." He shrugged his shoulders. "Of course, it is one of the most absurd illusions of Christianity that they have souls.... In the end they get you, and you are helpless in their hands. White or brown, they are all the same."
Original
Mr. Maugham was, perhaps, the greatest short-story writer, ever. If not, he was surely one of them and near the top. The book was captivating and very readable. My one criticism is the omission of Paul Gauguin's friendship with Vincent Van Gogh, a central issue in his life. However, who am I to criticize this fine writer.
Fordrekelv
The Moon and Sixpence was written as a sort of biographical fiction on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. Gauguin was called Strickland in the book, and was cast as a disillusioned former stockbroker and family man. The narrator becomes obsessed with following his life and movements, due to Strickland's extraordinarily misanthropic and apathetic view of western society. The narrator struggled to grasp Strickland's motivations. It seemed his best explanation was that Strickland was possessed by a drive to find a sort of terrible primeval beauty in man and the world around him. Yet Strickland's genus as a painter was eventually recognized, contrasting greatly with the man himself. The narrator used Strickland as a sort of muse, to reflect upon the human condition. This was a book that started slow, but was hard to put down. Definitely worth the read.
Gavinranadar
I have put this, not new, but still beautiful book, on the reading list for a class I am teaching, Into The Heart of Art. This book stirred a lot of controversy when it was first published, because it's a brazen and obvious portrayal of the life of the well known artist, Gauguin, borrowing so unmistakeably from his life and yet, not at all Gauguin, because the artist portrayed has a very same but different life. The beautiful old copy of this book, which I got from Amazon, has lovely prints of Gauguin's paintings within, and if you can get it, I heartily recommend this particular edition! Somerset Maugham is a wonderful writer. The book itself makes us all ponder the nature of the creative spirit that pushes a person to the extremes of giving up so much that is "comfortable" to pursue his or her art. The Gauguin portrayed in this book is not a sympathetic character, and yet, he is pursued by his Muse. There are beautiful, memorable quotes about art in this book. Purchase it. Find them. Enjoy!
Vathennece
I am a big fan of Maugham's and this book was a masterpiece, as was his Of Human Bondage. I think Maugham puts a lot of himself and his troubled life into his books. I am not a fan of Gauguin's paintings, but it at least gave some insight into what made Gauguin so world-renowned. This book is really incredible (and I have read it five times at least).